The Rotary Club of Terrace celebrated its achievements in the past year and elected its new executive recently.
Outgoing president Kristine Kofoed heralded the club’s successes, including donating more than $92,000 to projects in Terrace, the region and the world.
“Our club helped feed breakfast to low-income elementary students in Kitwanga, we helped purchase a diagnostic ultrasound unit for Mills Memorial Hospital so people in the community wouldn’t have to leave their loved ones to go get tests done, and we paid for the salary of a full-time nurse and donated funds for medicine to Alianza, an organization created to provide accessible healthcare in one of the poorest regions of Guatemala where no health care exists,” said Kofoed.
The Valentine’s Day Rotary Foundation event raised more than $23,000 for the Rotary Foundation with the money going to promote peace, fight disease, provide clean water, save mothers and children, support education and help local economies all over the world, she added.
Incoming president Kelly Gingles talked about his plans for the year and stated he’d like to see the club get involved in a major project.
“The playground on Ferry Island, the tennis court near the REM Lee Theatre, Rotary Field – these kinds of projects add value to a community. I’d like to see the club partner with business and get some major projects going. Now that Terrace’s economy is on the upswing, it’s time to invest in our infrastructure,” he said.
Assistant district governor Lesley Erasmus announced the theme for 2014/15 as “Light up Rotary” and installed the club’s new executive including Sean Bujtas – Service Projects, Coleen Taylor – Administration, Viv Steele – Sergeant, Art Erasmus – Foundation, Rich Toomey – Treasurer, Kristine Kofoed – Past President and Public Relations, Dave Merritt – Secretary, Kelly Gingles – President.