Rotary Club of Baytown President Suzanne Heinrich is completing her year of service as president and presented awards June 19. In celebration, live banjo music was performed by Jan Lammers and Rick Davis.
Heinrich thanked Jennifer Muldrow and Dr. Chris Warford for providing music all year long at the Rotary meetings. A musical book is being donated for each of them in their honor to Sterling Municipal Library.
Heinrich highlighted activities during her year of service, the club’s 90th year, with a photo presentation and thanked everyone in the club for their service.
She started her awards with Past President Nick Woolery, who was thanked for his work.
She then thanked President Elect Sheila Crawford. Sheila is managing the Rotary Shrimp & Catfish Festival, which has had a weather rescheduling to July 27 at Houston Raceway Park powered by Pennzoil. All Raffle Tickets for meals and meal tickets will be honored that day. Even if raffle tickets have been lost, the club has a list of who purchased them. Crawford just returned from the Rotary International meeting in Germany, where she exchanged club banners with the club in Germany.
Heinrich thanked Dr. Tom Kelchner for arranging the programs all year and keeping club members up to date on meeting locations. Kelchner is the Club President Nominee, and will serve as president in year after next. The Rotary year runs from July 1 through June 30.
Daryl Fontenot served as board secretary. In this role he communicates with Rotary International and keeps track of all things Rotary for the club.
Heinrich said, “If you want to know something about Rotary, ask Daryl Fontenot. He’s just amazing. People don’t understand how much you do. Thank you.”
Debbie Busch has served as treasurer and done keeping up with accounts and billing.
Sergeant at Arms Jim Ferris was recognized for keeping the meetings in order.
Lindsey Baker was not present to receive her award, but will be recognized in the next meeting.
Dr. Cindy Lipps was recognized as a worker bee. She was director in charge of local initiatives. She highlighted her work through the year, which included helping to organized Shot for Tots in August and the A-21 walk to raise awareness about human trafficking.
Francis Tongol has served on the board for two years directing membership activities and mentoring new club members. Heinrich said, “We have a record number of new members this year,” a net gain of five.
Kirk Lowe was recognized for his work with student initiatives: Rotaract (college version of Rotary), Interact (Junior High and High School version of Rotary), student scholarships and more.
Carol Skewes was recognized for directing the club’s public relations, including keeping the web site up to date, announcements and photos in The Baytown Sun and through social media.
Director of International Projects Woody Paul was not present, but was recognized for his work arranging travel for Rotarians to the eye clinic in Guerrero, Mexico, the Living Water Project, funds for Venezuela Refugees for food, medical supplies for mothers and babies in Columbia, and a global grant for more medical equipment in Columbia.
The Service Above Self award is named for David Kadjar who Heinrich says “has given 110 percent for all these years.”
Sandra Bell was awarded the David Kadjar Service Above Self Award for her work with Partners in Education. Heinrich said, “Sandra is like the energizer bunny. … If it’s a Rotary thing, Sandra is always there.”
Sandra shared a few comments about her work and shared recognition with Sonya Cather. They do a lot of work with De Zavala Elementary, Red Ribbon Week, attendance incentive prizes, a teacher breakfast, teacher appreciation week lunch, father-daughter dance, mother-son movie night, Christmas Angel Tree gifts, the book fair (one book purchased for every teacher), Read Across America, Off School Spring Fling, end of year prizes and the Partners-in-Education luncheon through the Baytown Chamber of Commerce.
Terry Sain was awarded the Rotarian of the Year award. Heinrich said any time she had called for help, Terry was there. He would always tell her, “What can I do to help, Madame President?” Terry traveled on many of the international projects and helped deliver Meals on Wheels among many other service projects.
Heinrich rang the bell to close the meeting after the club recited Rotary’s Four Way Test.