Posted by Shellie Peterson on Jun 26, 2021
The Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs inducted new Officers and extended thanks to those Officers and Board Members who were outgoing.  Among the Directors whose term is completed, Art Benzel, Jenelle Syverson, Bill Hubbard and Livia Cloman Lynch as Immediate Past President.  Directors elected to serve an additional term are Larry McClintock and James Garrett.  Newly elected to the Board are Sam Pittmon and Pat Love.  Allen Roth was installed as the 2021-2022 Rotary President.  Congratulations Allen!!
Our immense gratitude goes out to Mike and Renee Vanover.  What a difficult year to be President of Rotary!!  Through all of the Zoom meetings, Mike remained steadfast in holding the Club together and encouraging our members.
Michael C. Branch was honored for his many years of service to the Rotary Club of Pagosa Springs and the Pagosa Springs Rotary Club Scholarship Foundation Inc.  For many years, Mike Branch has offered his professional services to the Rotary Club and the Scholarship Foundation.  His services were way overdue to be acknowledged by the Club!!  Thank You Mike for all you have done for us in the pursuit of serving this community and the graduating class of High School Seniors since 1983!!
Patty Tillerson was our special guest.  Patty and Bob Tillerson's love and commitment to Rotary is well known in this community!  She is seated here with Larry Parks, husband of our wonderful Pat Love.
A beautiful afternoon to celebrate everything we do in this community and in the world.
Rotary supplies weekly manpower and food to the elementary school Backpack Program, filling in the need for food left by the gap between Friday's school lunch program and the Monday morning bell. Rotarians pick up highway trash, provides benches for those awaiting public transportation, give beautifully crafted dictionaries to every third grader, endow teacher mini-grants to defray their expenses, donate monies and items to the Food Pantry, provide and serve at Loaves & Fishes, help fund the GGP Greenhouse Project, host foreign students for the Student Exchange Program plus send local students to study abroad, fund expenses for high school students to attend RYLA, a leadership training program and assist the town with the 4th of July Parade.  Rewarding, fun and in some cases, life changers.
Wanting to be there when our community is in need, Rotary has had authorized an additional expenditure of $15,000 for food and other community needs related to COVID-19 crisis.  Rotary knows their 2021 fund raising efforts may not be as good as in years past, for obvious economic reasons.  However, we will do what we can to help. After all, isn't it all about, "Service Above Self"?