rotary club of new berlin, what is a rotary club, rotary internationalDawn of a new era at Rotary Club of New Berlin
A new chapter opened on June 25 as Scott Klaas officially took over as president during our Changing of The Guard ceremony. Held at Cleveland Pub in New Berlin, Rotarians and guests enjoyed great food and friendship while participating in the annual milestone for our club.
Playing off the theme for the new fiscal year, "Light Up Rotary," Scott said he would continue the club's focus on volunteering, and encouraged all members to get involved. "[Even] something little can go a long way," Scott said.
Scott, a broker with Shorewest Realtors in New Berlin, will serve from July 1 through June 30, 2015. He outlined several goals for the club. They include:
- Start an Interact club in New Berlin. The students attending this year's World Affairs Seminar, two of whom were sponsored by Rotary Club of New Berlin, will provide a good foundation for an Interact club. The School District of New Berlin is "super excited" about the concept, which will involve students from New Berlin West and New Berlin Eisenhower.
- Increase membership in the club. Membership grew this past year due to efforts by outgoing president Stephanie Friemoth; he intends to build on that momentum. Scott suggested that members talk up the volunteering they do. Recent activities include sorting food at the food pantry and performing grounds keeping at the community center. "When I talk about Rotary," Scott said, "I talk with excitement."
rotary club of new berlin, what is a rotary club, rotary internationalComplimenting Stephanie for her efforts this past year, Scott said "[it was] another successful year for Rotary, and this will be an easy transition." (In this image, Stephanie receives a plaque recognizing her contribution to the club.)
In her final remarks, Stephanie thanked members for the opportunity to serve this past year. She also thanked them for stepping up to assist during the volunteer projects. Our next project and fundraiser, the KIDS From Wisconsin concert on Aug. 22, is "going to be huge!"