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Today marks the start of the new Rotary year, which means a change in leadership throughout the organization. Peggy Wyman is the new Club President! This year also marks the first time for our club to be the Home Club of the District Governor, as Wulff Reinhold starts his term as District Governor for Rotary District 5130, covering the north-west of California, from Petaluma to Crescent City. Several other members will be serving the district as well. Paula Reinhold will be Wulff's Lieutenant Governor. Mike Pastryk is an Assistant Governor assigned to the Russian River club and the two Sebastopol clubs. Dale Ann Knight will continue as District International Service Chair and Bob Stewart continues as District Abuse Prevention Coordinator. Immediate Past President Jeff Thomas will serve as Rotary Global Rewards chair, Pat Miller continues as district Interact chair and Gerard Giudice will continue as district chair for "World's Greatest Meal to Help End Polio." Additionally, Dale Ann Knight is the district administrator for the Rotary Leadership Institute and Wulff is a faculty member of the District's Institute for Leadership. All in all, almost 25% of our members are involved in district activities which is a powerful testament to the commitment of our members to do good in the world, not just locally, but regionally and internationally.
The club celebrated a Rock Star year with outgoing president Jeff and welcomed incoming president Peggy. Amazing fun times had by all!
While continuing her world travels, club member Dale Ann Knight visits Lords Meade Vocational College in Jinja, Uganda, where she helped plant a Rotary Friendship Tree next to the new girls dormitory block, constructed with support of the Anthill Foundation, founded by Sebastopol Rotary member Kathleen Mayhew. The club sponsors several student at the college.