Rotary Club of Innsbrook installs new president, leadership team

Kay King
The Rotary Club of Innsbrook recently welcomed its new leadership team for 2010-2011.

Kay Lambert King, retired YMCA senior executive, is the organization's new president. Other officers include: president-elect – Ann Rohde Payes; secretary – Jay Steele; treasurer – Art O’Donnell; sergeant-at-arms – Doug Nickerson; past president – Gerard Shaia.

King graduated from the University of Richmond and retired as a senior VP from the YMCA after 33 years, including 18 locally. She has been a member of Rotary since 1993. She and her husband, Dennis, have hosted four youth exchange students, and she has actively participated in Rotary service projects.

"Through Rotary I have become friends with business colleagues I feel fortunate to know and trust, a purpose that is based on ethics and service, and a call to serve that is fun and meaningful," she said. "What a privilege."

Last month, the club honored Beth Noakes as Rotarian of the Year for her time and dedication to various Rotary projects related to international efforts. Noakes is the Innsbrook Rotary liaison for Healing Hearts, which supports live-saving heart surgeries of children in the Eastern Caribbean islands. She also coordinates the Group Study Exchange, an international Rotary program that facilitates the exchange of adult professionals between countries, designed to help promote goodwill and understanding.

Outgoing Innsbrook Rotary President Gerard Shaia presented the award, noting that “Beth truly demonstrates service above self,” which is the Rotary International motto.

Rotary International is a service organization, and through their fundraising projects, the Rotary Club of Innsbrook supports international as well as local efforts. The club recently distributed its annual gifts and grants, donating more than $50,000 to numerous local charities, including the YMCA Bright Beginnings program, FeedMore, the Coal Pit Learning Center, the Virginia Home for Boys and Girls, the World Pediatric Project and adult literacy programs at the Read Center, among many others. This year, the Rotary Club of Innsbrook designated Connor’s Heroes as its signature charity, donating $10,000 to this local nonprofit supporting families of children with pediatric cancer.

The Rotary Club of Innsbrook has more than 100 active members and is one of 63 clubs in Rotary District 7600.

Rotary meetings include speakers and opportunities for fellowship, education, recognition and service. The Rotary Club of Innsbrook meets at The Place in Innsbrook Thursdays at 7:30 a.m., and visitors are welcome. For details, contact King at 282-6020 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit innsbrookrotary.org.
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