Rotary Club of Pensacola celebrates centennial Change of Command

The Rotary Club of Pensacola celebrated its Change of Command June 30 at the Pensacola Yacht Club. The annual event celebrated the club’s centennial year and set the stage for another 100 years of service to the Pensacola community.

John Appleyard led the Rotary Rooters in a presentation of highlights of the group’s 100-year history. Outgoing President John Shaffer gave an update on the Club’s flagship project for the year, a children’s playground at the Community Maritime Park and thanked everyone for supporting the project. The playground is nearing completion and should open in a few weeks.

Incoming President Andrea Krieger and the new board members were inducted by Leon Hirsh, Rotary District Governor. Krieger spoke to the group about the value of service and her vision that the club will be just as meaningful to the community in the next 100 years.

In addition to President Andrea Krieger, the board members for 2015-2016 are:

Brian Baumgartner

John Shaffer

Claudia Simmons

C. Ray Jones

Tim Kane

Bryan McCall

Courtney Dell

De Flounlacker

Bev Patteson

Sherry Hartnett

Jeff Lewis

John Trawick

Scott Adams

Trip Maygarden

The Rotary Club of Pensacola, the “Downtown” Club, was organized March 9, 1915, and was the second Rotary Club in Florida. Today, the club has over 200 members.

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical standards in all vocations, and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. Approximately 1.2 million Rotarians belong to more than 34,000 Rotary clubs located in 167 countries.

The Pensacola club actively supports worthwhile causes both here on the Gulf Coast and around the world, supporting the foundations of the University of West Florida and Pensacola State College, local education and reading programs and community projects such as the Maritime Park playground. Members also volunteer in communities abroad to support education, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve sanitation and eradicate polio.

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