Rotary Club of Terrace welcomes new president

THE ROTARY Club of Terrace has a new president for the upcoming year.

THE ROTARY Club of Terrace welcomed its new president at the club’s annual installation meeting.

Lyle Harvey, who served as president for the 1993-1994 year, is the new president for 2012-2013 and accepted the president’s gavel from outgoing president John Heighington.

“Rotary’s main objective is ‘Service Above Self’ – in our community and abroad,” said Harvey. “I’m honoured to serve as president and look forward to continuing rotary’s work in building community capacity around health, education, and alleviating poverty.”

Past President John Heighington is proud of the club’s work during the past year.

“Last year, rotary members did an outstanding job, not only by raising money for the community, but also by rolling up their sleeves and doing the work on the Howe Trail upgrade and cleaning up the highway on the Adopt-a-Highway program on a semi-annual basis. This is how we give back to our community,” said Heighington.

Last year, the Rotary Club of Terrace raised more than $50,000 through its two main fundraising events: the sales of tickets for the Great Duck Race held during Riverboat Days and the Rotary Auction held every fall, which goes to community programs and projects like the Terrace Hospice Society, Terrace Community Band and Bread of Life Soup Kitchen.

Other projects and programs that received rotary financing last year include the Royal Air Cadets, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, REM Theatre Alive Society, Grade 5 Forestry Week, an $1,800 scholarship awarded to Caledonia High School graduate Selena Kunar, Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and summer camp, the Pacific Northwest Music Festival, Terrace Dry Grad Committee and Salvation Army Hamper program just to name a few.

Terrace Rotary members are currently selling tickets for the Great Duck Race that takes place on August 6 at 1 p.m. at Ferry Island. Tickets sell for $20 each and first prize is a choice of one of seven new vehicles. All proceeds are used to help fund local community projects.

The club, established in 1954, meets every Monday at noon at the Bavarian Inn. To learn more about rotary or membership, contact any Rotarian or visit www.terracerotary.org.