Over 80 individuals, Rotarians and their guests, gathered at Barnaby’s In West Chester for the “historical, phenomenal, first ever” induction of the incoming presidents of the four West Chester Rotary clubs. Members of the four clubs enjoyed socializing over the buffet dinner and beverages, meeting and supporting fellow Rotarians from other clubs, and taking part in the unique raffle.
Incoming presidents inducted by recently installed District 7450 Governor David Houtz (pictured from left) were our own Melissa Baxter, The Rotary Club of West Chester, Bob Eaves, Greater West Chester Sunrise Rotary, Nipa Thakker, Westtown-Goshen Rotary Club, and Debi Friedmann, Rotary Passport Club of West Chester. Outgoing presidents were introduced and honored for their year of service to their clubs.
Each incoming president gave a brief statement of their goal(s) for the coming year. Melissa’s inspiring words: “’The value of serving and investing in our communities is foundational to what Rotary stands for; I believe that tonight touched on the good that is possible by collaborating more with each other. The outpouring of support for the new Rotary leaders was truly heartwarming. It added to a beautiful energy that not only was personally uplifting but an indicator of the amazing year ahead.”
A good number of district representatives attended as well, including past District Governor Roger Taylor who gave a brief, rousing talk, Russ and Dawn Defuria, Jeffrey Cadorette, Paul Quintavalla and others.
Our thanks to Jeff Cantwell, Sue Casso Rogers, Cristina Combee and Melissa Baxter  for contributing and sharing photos and information about this event.