2012-2013 Officer Induction
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On June 27, the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club inducted its slate of officers for the coming year. Past President Kim Harding was called on to swear in John Boylan, who will serve as the club’s president. Harding then swore in the 2012-2013 program directors and officers. This year’s group includes Youth Services Director and Past President Shannon Brown, Treasurer Dr. Jay Kayne, Secretary and Administrative Director Vince Cavallo, Community Service Director John Howard, Club Service Director Trip Clark, Club Foundation Director Dr. David Page, Membership Co-Director Angela Pierson, Bulletin Editor Roger Ganzel, Membership Co-Director Rick Keffer, Sargent-at-Arms Val Schwec, Public Relations Director Melanie Ferreira, Webmaster Tim Wombles and Interact Club Coordinator Dawn Karpel.
Boylan then opened his first meeting as president with a short biography, saying that he was an Army brat who had gone on to become a chemical engineer. He spent 25 years as an engineer with Proctor and Gamble before retiring in 2006. For the next four years, he traveled extensively before arriving in Fernandina Beach to work as an engineer at Rock Tenn. He noted that he got involved in Rotary when his daughter was selected as a Rotary Youth Exchange Student and he had the opportunity to learn how Rotary makes a difference in the world. He went on to outline his goals for the club in 2012-2013. In addition to strengthening new member recruitment, Boylan hopes to increase support of the Rotary Foundation and the club’s many youth programs such as the District Youth Exchange program and local college scholarship grants. Boylan said another goal for the year is to see the club become even more involved in the community. He has reached out to the Fernandina Beach City Commission and the city’s manager to explore new opportunities for the club to help our community. He closed by saying he expects the club to live up to this year’s Rotary International slogan of “Peace through Service.”