Molly Ballard
Poca Interact's Molly Ballard at the Greenbrier
District 7550
Putnam Rotarians highlight annual conference

Report by President Robert A. Keely

April 17, 2012

From Sunday, April 15, thru Tuesday April 17, about 115 Rotarians and spouses gathered for the annual District Conference at The Greenbrier to celebrate the 2011-2012 Rotary Year.

District GovernorLarry Nelson and his leadership team had put together a program that showcased the activities and achievements of the 27 Clubs in our District. The Conference theme was "Looking to the future by honoring our past."

Mary and I were honored to be the host couple for the Rotary International President's Representative, Sandy Duckworth and her husband, Don. They have been our friends for quite a few years and we were both delighted and honored to be their hosts.

Wish you all could have been there.

Now a bit about how our club representatives did. Mary made a presentation about our member orientation program and then I gave an update on our Corporate Membership Pilot Program. Everybody told us we did a good job.

Next up was Molly Ballard, President of our Poca Interact Club. For 20 minutes, with no notes she had the group mesmerized.

She set the bar high and was referred to several times by other speakers saying "now I'm no Molly" before their presentations.

Thanks to Gary and Melissa Ballard for bringing Molly to the conference.

Chet Marshall was the keynote speaker for lunch and shared his story of the MD Anderson Cancer Center Rotary connection and how they are such a part of his larger family of Rotary. I do believe we have more Rotarians that will be buying M&Ms.

As Past District Governor, Mary had a number of responsibilities which she carried out flawlessly. (I may be a bit biased)

The conference was over at noon on Tuesday and Governor Larry and wife Trish are to be commended on a high quality motivating conference.

Every year after the conference, the past District Governors have a meeting to review the past year and to discuss how they can be support for the future governors. The immediate past District Governor moderates that meeting.

Mary did a good job moderating the meeting which went until 2:45.

We arrived home reenergized about Rotary and look forward to sharing new ideas with our club and to begin planning for next year's club and district activities.

Yours in Rotary Service,

Club President Robert A. Keely

Conference Highlights

Molly making her presentation about the Poca Interact Club

Papa Chet, keynote speaker for lunch

Sandy Duckworth, Rotary International President's Representative (Hosted by the Keelys)
Molly and Chet with Interact Club from Pocahontas County

District Governor Larry Nelson (right) pinning Herb McClaugherty who will be Governor in 2014-15
Molly shaking hands with one of her fans

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