Pres Shellz and her dress that matches the new Rotary Theme
In with the new! In a remarkably bloodless and amicable coup d’etat, Shelly (Shellz) Fleming has taken over the reins of the Rotary Club of Nelson West. Sporting a striking new dress custom-made with the new Rotary Theme for 2017-18, Shellz graciously relieved the previous president, Richard Lee, of the trappings of office.
“Relieved is actually the right word,” said Richard. “The chain of office was getting a bit heavy!” (This was a bit of hyperbole, as several years ago the club replaced the old solid metal chain of office with a more modern, much lighter version – editor.)
New board members with Shellz
“You can have the Gibbons plate, too!” chimed in Richard’s wife, Candy, who has been carefully guarding the weightily framed and heavily embossed china donated by club Foundation member Bill Gibbons.
Gracious to the last, Shellz took it all with aplomb, and called her new board members up to the podium. There, she handed each board member a bag with a new pin and a painted mushroom – the meaning of which remains something of a mystery. Could it be the president’s nuclear option if board members don’t toe the line?
Graeme Thomas (with wife Heather) received a Paul Harris Fellow sapphire pin for Service Above Self
“It is all about Making a Difference,” Shellz announced, quoting the Rotary theme for her year.
Before relinquishing his authority, President Richard awarded a Paul Harris Fellow sapphire pin to Nelson West Rotarian Graeme Thomas for his long Service Above Self. Over many years, Graeme has generously given his time and management advice to numerous community organisations, and continues to do so. He is an inspiration to us all.
Present to witness the changing of the guard was Rotary District Governor (9970) Arie Geerlofs, who also awarded Paul Harris Fellow sapphire pins to outgoing Assistant Governors Phil and Anna Gully.
Shellz with other new presidents Karen Stade (Whakatu), Glenn Morris (Rutherford Nelson), and Bernie Goldsmith (Stoke-Tahuna)
The new presidents of Whakatu (Karen Stade), Stoke-Tahuna (Bernie Goldsmith) and Rutherford Nelson (Glenn Morris) also attended to witness Shellz’ takeover and installation.
Candy, Richard and Nigel enjoy a moment with DG Arie
Paul Harris Fellows Bob Sturrock and Russell Egan
New Assistant Governor Nigel Sutton with DG Arie
Murray Butler and Nigel Sutton were joint recipients of the Attendance Trophy (donated by former RCNW member Bill Mangos)
Phil and Anna Gully each received a Paul Harris Fellow sapphire pin for their service as Assistant Governors.
A lovely dinner and fellowship was enjoyed by all members and guests.
Russell entertaining the bar staff, Jacob and Malcolm
Kevin auctioned the flower arrangements on the tables
Table centerpieces went home with several members after a lively auction