History was made on March 13th for the Rotary Club of Temecula when the first 12 New Generations members were inducted. Forming a "club within a club," the New Generations club got off to its formal beginning at the parent club's meeting at which the next three District 5330 governors were in attendance. District Governor Elect (DGE), Cherie Curzon praised the Rotary Club of Temecula for reaching out to young professionals and establishing this new form of club that meets their unique needs and bridges the gap between Interact and Rotary. "That's the kind of out-of-the-box thinking we need in our District. This will bring new life and energy to Rotary as a whole," said DGE Cherie. District Governor Nominee Elect, Jean Easum was also present and expressed her support and delight with the launch of the New Generations club.
District Governor Nominee (DGN), Steve Wallace, and Assistant Governor Dave Thompson performed the induction ceremony in which DGE Cherie Curzon and the past presidents of the Rotary Club of Temecula stood up as sponsors of each of the twelve new members being inducted. 2009-10 President, Jeanne McClellan, also stood as the sponsor for the named president of New Generations,
Adam Ruiz. Each new member, beginning with Adam, gave a brief introduction of themselves that included their name, profession, family, and reason for wanting to join Rotary. Club members were delighted and warmly welcomed the new members with a standing ovation. President Jeanne then presented each new member a 4-way test coin, symbolizing the ethical standards by which they should conduct their personal and professional lives as Rotarians. "Keep this coin with you at all times to remind you of your personal commitment to Rotary's values. Display your plaques proudly and prominently in your offices as well. Let the community know of your commitment to these standards as a Rotarian, and make our motto of Service Above Self a way of life" said President Jeanne.
Youth Services Chair, Julie Ngo, was also recognized by President Jeanne who had given her the direction at the beginning of the Rotary year to establish a new Rotaract club before the end of the fiscal year. After much research Julie presented the New Generations club concept as an option to the club's board of directors who subsequently approved this direction unanimously. Julie also had the opportunity to meet the 2010-11 Rotary International President, Ray Klinginsmith, at a youth conference. He personally told Julie that he is in complete support of establishing New Generations clubs all over the world. President Jeanne recognized Julie for her creativity and perseverance in making the dream of bridging Interact and Rotary a reality.
Steve Wallace, DGN, who is also the current District Membership Chair, was credited with suggesting that the New Generations Club be formed as a "club within a club," a membership concept that is being implemented in various parts of the country. With support from District Governor, Rich Dell'Aqua, and others at the district level, and with Julie Ngo's tenacity, this dream was realized.
President Jeanne closed the landmark meeting saying, "Hopefully this New Generations Club will be the first of many in our district so that we can ensure that we offer the "Gift of Rotary" to all generations. It is in this spirit that we lead the way in addressing this year's Rotary International theme: The Future of Rotary is in Our Hands.
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