Gavels passed at Rotary Club, boy scouts give update

Published 6:03 pm Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday afternoon all the members of the Bainbridge Rotary Club gathered at the Kirbo Center for the annual passing of the gavel.

Before the passing of the gavel occurred, current Rotarian president Greg Smith took the time to recognize the Rotarian of the Year, Gerard Kwilecki. He is past treasurer, past president and CCO-Club Community Officer. Kwilecki is in charge of the weekly newsletter and does all of the little things behind the scenes that make the club work. For this reason, Smith wanted to recognize him and show him everyone does notice and are appreciative.

“Another plaque does not even begin to show our appreciation,” said Smith.

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Following the award, Smith performed his last duty as president by passing on the gavel to Melinda Taylor. Smith said he believes the Rotary Club is in confident hands and he is excited to see what Melinda puts together. He knows she will bring passion and new and creative ideas to the club.

Before Smith could leave the podium, Threasa Hall presented him with some awards of his own. Smith received a plaque for his year of presidency, a Will Watt fellow plaque, past president’s pin and a GRA pin. After a tremendous round of applause, Smith turned over the podium to Boy Scout Troupe 502 for an end of the year update.

Tommy Young thanked the Rotary Club for their commitment in watching him grow from a Scout to an Eagle Scout, as he was awarded his badge last Wednesday.

He reported on the success of his Eagle Scout project, saying he collected more than 10,000 pounds of electronic waste.

Austin Aldridge reminded everyone attending that you don’t have to be a Scout in order to live by their laws.

“You should always be obedient, kind and courteous to everyone you meet,” said Aldridge.

Lucas Reynolds, who will soon be a ninth grader at Bainbridge High School, thanked the Rotary Club for all that they have done and all that they will do. He wanted the club to know, it’s not just about what they learn outside, but what they learn about themselves.

The Scouts attended camp in Andersonville to watch a rendering of the Confederate soldiers fire their muskets and march in formation. During the night, Reynolds’ tent mate went to get in his father’s tent, but Reynolds was determined to be brave and stay the night.

The next morning Reynolds said he woke up so proud of what he had accomplished.

The Rotary Club was beyond thrilled to see the growth of these young men and were happy to contribute what they have.