Changing of the Guards at Rockwall Rotary

Greg Blair installed as President

Erik Oistad named Rotarian of the Year 

ROCKWALL, TX (July 5, 2022) Rockwall Rotary Club members and guests gathered in the newly renovated Rotary Hall last Thursday to honor outgoing board members and recognize new officers.

The Annual Changing of the Guard and Installation of Rockwall Rotary Board of Directors began with the Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance and Four-way Test, which serves as the moral code for Rotarians – “Of the things we think, say, or do: 1) Is it the TRUTH? 2) Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3) Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS, and 4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?”

With these guiding principles in mind, Rotary Director-at-Large Leslie Buie and outgoing President Kevin Pate welcomed guests and reflected upon the 2021-2022 Rotary year. Despite the challenges of a global pandemic and being displaced for building renovations, Pate shared positive feedback from Rotarians in which they described the club as “being able to adapt”, “stay consistent and steady,” and carry out the year’s theme: “Serve to Change Lives.”

“This was the 81st year of the club,” Pate remarked, “and this is a time for celebration. We’ve touched so many different groups throughout this community. We’ve become the ‘go-to organization’ with a heart to serve. And now we have a room that we can grow with.”

Pate and Rotarian Dana Macalik recognized the 2021-2022 Officers, Directors and Committees. Robin Chouteau presented certificates to several Rotarians with perfect attendance. Special recognitions and awards were given, including Rotarian of the YearErik Oistad.

The installation of the 2022-2023 Officers and Director followed, with the passing of the gavel from Pate to 2022-2023 President Greg Blair, who shared an inspiring message about the new year ahead for the Rotary.

Blair praised outgoing President Pate for his leadership and commitment, adding that “Pate is unquestionably devoted to the ideals” of Rotary. He said “synergy is the ingredient for greatness,” and that as a humanitarian organization, the Rotary Club is poised for another great year of ‘serving to change lives’.

Special recognition was also given to Dr. Stan Lowrance and Ted Hoisington for their outstanding efforts with respect to the remodel project. Anna Campbell was honored for her role as Interact Sponsor/Youth Services.

Board of Directors 2022-2023

President Greg Blair

President-Elect Lorne Liechty

Immediate Past President Kevin Pate

Secretary Robin Chouteau

Treasurer Kayne Pierce

Sergeant-at-Arms Stacy Massar

Directors-at-Large:

Leslie Buie

Jeff Shell

Bill Sinclair

Public Image Lauri Dodd

Programs  Michael Rohlf

Membership Gary Vice

Community Service Nancy Parkes

Vocational Service Trevor Reed

Rotary International  Tom Dortch

International Service Beth McCrackin

Youth Service  James Braaten

Fundraising  Mark Kipphut

Rockwall Rotary Foundation  Mark Kidd

Perfect Attendance Awards

Gregory Blair

Leslie Buie

Dewayne Cain

Robin Chouteau

Mike Conway

John Curtis

Lauri Dodd

Tom Dortch

Ted Hoisington

Shane Hollas

Lorne Liechty

Dr Stan Lowrance

Dana Macalik

Stacy Massar

Alma McClintock

Beth McCrackin

Lowell Moon, Sr.

Tom Norris

Erik Oistad

Nancy Parkes

Kevin Pate

Michael Rohlf

Larry Sarratt

Jeffrey Shell

Bill Sinclair

Kent Smith

Pete Snider

Harold Snyder

Crystal Tatum

RD Vanderslice

Gary Vice

Jerry Welch

Outgoing Board and Committee Recognitions

Director Jeffrey Shell

Director Bill Sinclair

Sergeant-at-Arms Jerry Welch

Community Service Erik Oistad

Vocational Services Shane Hollas

Club Service Michael Rohlf

Committee members Stacy Massar, Kayne Pierce, Alma McClintock, Tiffany Miller

Youth Services Anna Campbell

International Service John Curtis

Public Image Richard Redig

Membership Gary Vice

Committee members Steve Wingard, Barbara Wilks, Dana Macalik

Events Darby Burkey

Rotary Club Foundation Stan Lowrance

President Nominee Lorne Liechty

Food Bank/Pantry Committee headed by Tom Dortch

Nancy Parkes

Robin Chouteau

Lauri Dodd

Barbara Wilks

Dan Bruce

Nancy Bruce

Larry Sarratt

Larry Parks

Jake Rathmell

David Ayres

Stacy Massar

James Braaten

Greg Blair

Erik Oistad

Jeff White

Academic Scholarship Committee headed by Kevin Pate

Kent Smith

Greg Blair

Gary Vice

Leslie Buie

Jake Bosse

Jeff White

Larry Sarratt

Tim Hartley

Stan Lowrance

Rick Carroll

Kevin Fowler

Brian Williams

Lipstick Committee headed by Dana Macalik

Darby Burkey

Kathy Howe

Lauri Dodd

Saralyn Hanford

Cathy Penn

Crystal Tatum

Stephani Woodward

Beth McCrackin

Special Mention

Blood Drive Beth McCrackin

Website Harold Snyder

Foundation headed by Stan Lowrance

Mark Kidd

Ted Hoisington

Michael Conway

Nancy Parkes

Pete Snider

Kent Smith

For more information, visit rockwallrotary.org or follow them on Facebook. Stay tuned for Blue Ribbon News’ complete coverage of the Rockwall Rotary Club’s newly renovated facility!

By Dawn Redig, Blue Ribbon News. Photo by BRN Media.





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