I cannot express to you how much your tribute at the Rotary meeting meant to me. Thank you President Mary Jane, Beth Russell, John Wharton, Kent Steinbrueck, Jim Conway, and Mark Rubinelli, for all your kind words ! And by the way, Mark’s story was totally true !!! Congratulations Walter Knoll on your Distinguished Service Award and THANK YOU for the beautiful flowers. A huge THANK YOU goes out to ALL OF YOU for the Racketman gift certificate (one can never have too much tennis stuff!) and to Rick Tinucci for calling in a favor for the beautiful scarf! It was an emotional day for me!
These many years with the club began in 1989 with the hiring committee of Bob Stupp, Jim Finch, Jack Van Pelt and Jim Conway. At the first of three interviews with these gentlemen, I did not even know what Rotary was. I went to the library after my first interview and found a book on Rotary International. I read it and was ready for my second interview with the same group. Needless to say, it was quite intimidating sitting across from these fine men! But I made it through the second round of interviews and was hired at the third interview. I wasn’t sure if I had made the right career choice (I had worked in retail and property insurance up til now). But 26 years later I think I did make the right choice!
I have loved every minute of these 26 years ! Every July I got a new boss, a new board of directors and new committee chairs. All with different goals and ideas on how they wanted the club to run. It certainly kept me on my toes !
It was my pleasure and honor to meet every new member that came through the door. I worked with so many fine people on so many different projects, fundraisers, Rotary events and even at the Thursday meetings, when I needed help all of you were so quick to jump in!
I am glad I made the career change back in 1989 and will miss everyone so much ! I will continue to bowl (that will teach you (Kent) to tell me you needed bowlers on your team !) and I certainly hope to come back to a meeting soon !
Thank you EVERY ONE for a GREAT 26 years !!!
(Former) Executive Director