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ROTARY INSTALLS OFFICERS, BOARD; GIVES AWARDS

July 2, 2003 — The Rotary Club of St. Croix has installed officers and a new board of directors for the 2003-2004 service year that began July 1.
David Beck will serve as president, and his officers are: Paul Andrews, vice president; George Seaman, president-elect; James Oliver, treasurer; and Elizabeth Goggins, secretary. Directors include John Lewis, Dennis Giancontiere, Dynel Soto, Dr. Adele Allen and immediate past president Tom Baldauf, according to a release.
At a weekend ceremony and dinner, outgoing president Baldauf reminded members that in November of 1958 the Rotary Club of St. Croix received its charter at a ceremony attended by Gov. John David Merwin.
"This year will be the 45th anniversary of our club and we are honored and pleased to have been able to help our community," Baldauf said. "Our motto for this past Rotary year has been 'Sow the Seeds of Love,' and with that in mind, our projects have included Relay for Life, Mission Mobility, The Peace Table – A Roundtable Discussion on Peace and Fellowship for our Time, PolioPlus Fundraising, and the Rotary Golf Tournament; and donations were made to the Boy Scouts, Center for Independent Living, Kay Kon Ton (Happy Home – Haiti), Boys and Girls Club, and Youth Soccer. It's been a great year and we've great fun."
Baldauf presented awards to his outgoing officers: Andrews, vice president; Seaman, secretary; Giancontiere, sergeant-at-arms; and to Goggins as Rotarian of the Year and recipient of Rotary International's Four Avenues of Service Award. Baldauf said that he "is grateful for the continued support of those companies and individuals who have joined with our organization to help us eliminate polio from the face of the earth, give mobility to those in need of a wheelchair, and help us with any humanitarian cause which is within our ability as a Rotary Club."
Beck thanked club members and all the Rotarians from sister clubs, family, and friends that supported the installation dinner at Cafe du Soleil. He outlined an ambitious program for the coming service year including such new projects as 45th anniversary celebration, dog show, search and rescue dog training, Senior Day Club Lunch, scholarships, Youth Day club lunch, and establishing an Interact Club. Beck will emphasize increasing membership for the club and public recognition of Rotary and its role in our community.
The Rotary Club of St. Croix meets at noon Thursdays at Gertrude's Restaurant at noon. For more information about Rotary call Beck at 771-0671 or Goggins at 771-4420.

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