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063022 rotary begins new yearA new slate of directors is installed to begin serving the new Rotary year for the Woodville Rotary Club. Pictured left-to-right are: Roschelle Springfield; Chris Edwards; Joyce Wilson; Sarah Stephens; Jo Thomas; Lisa Meysembourg; Lee Mann and John Wilson. Photo courtesy of Ruth Talley

From Staff Reports

WOODVILLE – The Woodville Rotary Club rang in its new year last Tuesday evening with an installation banquet in the St. Paul’s fellowship hall.

Rotarian Fred Sullivan welcomed everyone present and served as emcee for the event. Sullivan installed John Wilson as the new president for the club. Wilson succeeds Paula Jones as the club’s president.

Wilson is joined on the Woodville Rotary board of directors by Lee Mann, who is vice president; Lisa Meysembourg, secretary; Jo Thomas, treasurer; Sarah Stephens, service projects chair; Joyce Wilson, membership chair; Roschelle Springfield, New Generations chair; Chris Edwards, public image chair and Sullivan will serve as Rotary Foundation chair.

Sullivan gave a recap of much of the Woodville club’s history, including a time when it hosted the annual conference for District 5910.

During the conference, Sullivan said, many Woodville residents opened their homes to Rotarians who were in town for the event.

Also of note, the club has produced two District Governors who have led the Rotary District, which encompasses 36 clubs – J. Wood Fain (in 1955) and outgoing DG, Dr. Jerry Springfield, who is also a past president of the Woodville club. Another Woodville Rotarian,Gilbert Wright, was appointed DG, but died before assuming duties, Sullivan said.

Dr. Springfield spoke, as well, and recounted much of his year as the district’s leader. He said he was especially moved by the response a Ukrainian flag bearer received at the recent Rotary International conference in Houston – a standing ovation.

During Wilson’s speech, he gave some of his personal history with Rotary, and said that it is truly the members who run the club, and that Rotary is all about its motto, “service above self.”

The Woodville Rotary Club meets at noon each Wednesday at the Pickett House. The first meeting for the new year for the club will be on Wednesday, July 13, where Wilson will outline his goals as president.

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