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Pisgah Forest Rotary Honors Service Above Self – Pisgah Forest NC


District Governor Billi Black (left) inducted 2016 President Amber Webb. (Courtesy photos)

The Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest celebrated the past fiscal year on June 17 with an awards banquet and the installation of new officers and board members.

Rich Handschin, the past president, hosted the dinner social for Rotarians and guests at the Connestee Falls Overlook Clubhouse.

Special guests in attendance were Billi Black, District Governor-elect of Rotary District 7670, Paul Hoffman, incoming president of the Brevard Rotary Club, and Don DeBiase of WSQL Radio.

Handschin presented the Paul Harris Fellow Community Service Award to Don DeBiase of WSQL Radio to recognize his ongoing and significant contributions to the community. This award is presented annually by Rotary Club of Pisgah Forest for outstanding volunteer service in the community by a non-Rotarian.

Club member Joe Castro received the 2014-2015 Distinguished Rotarian Award in recognition of his role as Rotarian leader of a 16-member medical team from Duke University Medical Center that visited the Philippines in September 2014.

Handschin thanked club members for their contributions during the year, citing examples such as fighting community hunger with the Pack The Pantry food drives and Back Pack Buddies, the 5th Grade Expo, the scholarship contributions for education and the positive impact of Assault on the Carolinas.

Black inducted incoming President Amber Webb and the members of the 2015-16 board who were in attendance.

"I'm looking forward to growing and developing an already great club. This club makes significant contributions to the community and we always have fun," said Webb, who is the vice president and financial sales manager II at the Brevard Main Office of First Citizens Bank.

Other new board inductions included Skip Hirsh as president-elect, Dolores Littleson as secretary, Bob Coffin as treasurer, Penny Roubion as club service, John Krishingner as youth services, Nick Bearden as community service, Joan VanOrman as public relations, Betsy Griffin as vocation service, and Jim Cruickshank as international service.

Additional non-board position appointments were Jane Robertson and Penny Colman-Crandal as sergeant at arms, Mary Scott Christfield as foundation chair, and Mike Shelley as grants committee/speaker chair.

Kathleen Barnes and Rich Handschin congratulate Distinguished Rotarian Joe Castro.

The Rotary club of Pisgah Forest meets at 8 a.m. Wednesdays at Pisgah Fish Camp.

Rotary International, the world's first service club organization, consists of more than 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.

Its members form a global network of business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities and the world.

Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self," exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organization's more than 1.2 million members. Strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international projects characterize Rotary worldwide.

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