Keely and McComas
Bob Keely recognized by new President Tina McComas
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Midkiff/Bailey

Tom Midkiff pins the badge of office on President-Elect Jack Bailey.

Midkiff/Patrick

President-Nominee Steve Patrick receives his badge of office.

'Cheers & Tears'
Rotarians install officers for new year

June 26, 2012

Retiring officers were celebrated as new officers were installed for the Putnam Rotary for the 2012-13 new year. There were cheers and a standing ovation for retiring president Robert A. Keely, and a few tears from incoming president Christina M. McComas.

She was inducted into Rotary shortly before her mother died. "Rotarians came to the funeral," McComas recalled. "The club was like a family to me."

In the interim, Tina took on a new spouse, a new family and a new job. Formerly postmaster for Scott Depot, she now heads the post office for Hurricane.

What Is Success?

  • To laugh often and love much;
  • To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children;
  • To earn the approval of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;
  • To appreciate beauty;
  • To find the best in others;
  • To give of one's self;
  • To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch, or a redeemed social condition;
  • To have played and laughed with enthusiasm and sung with exultation;
  • To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived...

    This is to have succeeded.
               -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • "What is success?": McComas asked. She found the answers in a book where they had been marked by her late mother. ". . . laugh often and love much; . . . appreciate beauty; find the best in others; give of one's self . . ."

    With a brief emotional pause the new club leader reflected, "You can judge the quality of a person by the books in their library." Then she added, "I don't have any funny stories like [past president] Mike Herron."

    Said Herron, never at a loss for words, "I can see now I need to do some housekeeping in my own library."

    "It's easy to throw money at community service needs," McComas had said, "but the real reward comes from 'hands-on' time and labor of direct personal involvement."

    And she herself has led the way in "service above self" in bringing new ideas and in actual participation.

    The emphasis on direct action seems to have turned the group in some new directions.

    "Our theme for the year," she said today, "is 'Helping People & Having Fun.'"

    She plans to publish a calendar of activities each month, activities beyond the weekly luncheon meetings, which will inform members and encourage volunteer work.

    "I'd like to have more social events, more family outings -- like the picnic in August.

    "We'll strengthen the community and international projects that we're doing, and add some new ones.

    "We'll be partnering with the community," she added, with references to recent involvements with the Habitat program, the county fair and Park Board activities.

    At the Relay for Life (Winfield High School, July 13th). the Rotary Club will be helping to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

    Other projects include the annual golf tournament, the pancake breakfast, the raffle, the 5K run/walk and the international project in Haiti.

    Past District Governor Mary Keely conducted the formal transition of officers. Her spouse Bob Keely now becomes the club's immediate past president, and Linda Tennant joins the Board of Directors for 2012-13.

    Club secretary Jack Bailey is President-Elect for 2013-14, and Steve Patrick is President-Nominee for the following year.


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