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The Light for June 22, 2021
The Light for June 22, 2021
By Charles Bartling
As the Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse entered its 37th year, members celebrated the occasion on June 22 by installing a 20-person leadership team consisting of an energetic combination of experienced leaders plus 14 persons in new positions to lead it into the 2021-22 Rotary year.
Heading the group as president of District 6440’s largest club is Linda Gerber, who served on the board last year as president-elect. Next in the line of succession is Kathy Tate-Bradish, who is not only the president-in-waiting, but who also will assume a new responsibility as public image chair.
The club’s outgoing president, Chris Joyce, will serve on the board for another year in the traditional role of immediate past president. But he is also taking on a new responsibility as young leaders chair.
Other members of the 2020-21 leadership team who will continue in the new year in the same positions are Charlotta Koppanyi as career service chair, Katherine Peterson as club service chair, Ann Weatherhead as housing chair, Patrick Mbullo as international service chair, Nick Powers as sergeant at arms, and Jackie Mack as youth exchange officer. Jackie also served last year as the program chair.
New to the team in 2021-22 are Kate Collinson as club treasurer, Steve Goranson as community service chair, Kristin Brown as foundation treasurer, Harold Bauer as fundraising chair, Ann Searles as membership chair, Jean Saunders as program chair, Clarence Weaver as secretary, and Bryant Wallace as technology chair.
Last year’s immediate past president, Helen Oloroso, will serve as Rotary Foundation chair on the new team.
President Gerber announced that Mbullo, who lives in Kenya, has tested positive for COVID-19. His co-chair on the International Service Committee, Sue Bova, will assume the duties of chairman of the committee, pending the recovery of Mbullo, Gerber said.
The installation dinner, held at the club’s namesake Lighthouse Park on an increasingly chilly June evening, was the first in-person meeting of the club in the 2020-21 club year. The weekly meetings, and many of the committee and board meetings, were held virtually, thanks to Zoom, a California-based company that was founded in 2011 that was a virtual lifesaver for organizations like ELRC during the coronavirus pandemic of 2020-2021.
Food at the dinner was provided by Hecky’s Barbecue, whose founder, Hecky Powell, was one of the first fatalities of the coronavirus in Evanston.
In his departing remarks, Joyce said he is especially proud that the club completed District Gov. Lyle Staab's “Challenge” with distinction.
“I am proud to be a member of the Evanston Lighthouse Rotary Club,” Chris said, “and to have served this year as your president. But I am especially proud of all of you, for the many good deeds and service you provide to our community, our country, the world, and Rotary. Thank you for your service!”
Staab installed the new board members and complimented the club for its competence, fellowship, and commitment to “Service above Self.” He also installed two new club members, Vai Ravikumar and Jason Kaiser.
In taking the reins of the club, Gerber said she is looking forward to serving as president, and she congratulated Joyce for serving admirably “under extraordinary circumstances.”
She concluded the meeting by inviting each new board member to comment briefly about the year ahead.