As is every year, the Rotary Club of Londonderry has a traditional changing of the gavel ceremony where the incoming president is given the gavel for the new year and the then past president, 2011-2012 President George Brooks, gives awards to those most deserving for the past years service.
This year the Rotarian of the Year award went to Mr. John Timmeny for his outstanding dedication, contributions and community service. He has always given his all to the club and the community and it is greatly deserved! Another award given is the Paul Harris Fellow Award. This year it was given to Caron Renik who is also the incoming President for the 2012-2013 year. The Paul Harris Fellow award is given in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.
Although these are very deserved awards, 2012-2013 President Caron Renik can’t say enough about all the great things that this Rotary club does to help Londonderry and surrounding towns and is very proud to call herself a Rotarian. She grew up with a father, Robert PC Pelletier of then Windham, NH, who was very involved in Rotary and was President himself several times in the Medford, MA club where he was employed for several years. Caron attended several of the events and was inspired to become involved in her adult life and follow in his footsteps.
The Club does some incredible work to raise funds for local charities such as Families in Transition, The Upper Room, Food Pantry donations and service, Avery House, Alert, Community Caregivers an much more. Rotary Club of Londonderry has been giving several Scholarships over the years, totaling over $10,000 each year and has been the largest scholarship presented in the town for years. They all work to hold faithful to their 4-way test of the things they think, say or do: Is it the TRUTH?, Is it FAIR to all concerned?, Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?, and will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
If you’re interested in learning more about Rotary or would like to attend a meeting, they meet every Wednesday at 7:30 PM at the Coach Stop Restaurant, Londonderry, NH. Please call Caron Renik at 603-765-7735 or email rotarycluboflondonderry(at)gmail.com if you have any questions.