On Tuesday, 22 June, the RCNS gathered by zoom to have en evening of fun, to present several Paul Harris awards and to effect the changeover in our leadership positions before our summer break. Hosted by our Club Service chair, Gail Bouw and MC'd by Ross Gowan, 28 club members enjoyed a great night.
The meeting started with a primer on the Paul Harris Fellowship followed by the awarding of PH pins to Rudi Atkinson, Nancy Sherwin, Jim Dawson and Marjorie Dawson for their generous support of the Rotary Foundation. After those awards, Mary Mercato and Jim Simpson were surprised with PH pins resulting from our own Club considerations. There will be more information on these awards as time unfolds.
We then went about passing the gavel from our outgoing President Steve Malo to our incoming President Louise Schebesch. A leading tribute by John Wallace was followed by several comments about outgoing Steve, who then reflected on our very unusual year and the way in which we met our challenge(s) in such a typically 'Sunriser' fashion. We were lucky to have Steve steer us through such a curious and unique year. Steve then passed the gavel to incoming Louise who promptly explained certain environmentally-focused changes in our club structure and announced the new Board; acknowledging those who had agreed to stay on, thanking those who were moving on, welcoming those moving in ... (see the Leadership tab at the top of the www.norfolksunrise.org page). Louise stressed how much she was looking forward to working with the new team. After a short run-down on several of the initiatives Louise was planning for our next Rotary Sunrise year, she returned the meeting to the host who closed out the meeting with a number of randomly chosen 'zoom' break-out sessions to allow for some much needed social interaction between our 'cabin-fevered' club members!