The Hialeah-Miami Springs Rotary Club recently installed new officers and honored other members during a banquet at the Miami Springs Country Club.
Outgoing president Nanette Carmody passed the gavel to incoming president Ben Badger and Judge Judy Rubenstein swore in all officers and the board of directors.
“I want our club to be about people helping people,” said Badger. “The more people we help, the better everything is.”
Badger said Rotary is all about charity and giving whenever and wherever it’s needed. “We want to always be there,” he said. “And we’d like to add some new members.”
Presently, Rotary has 45 members and meets every Wednesday for a luncheon at the Miami Springs Country Club. A board meeting is held monthly to discuss charitable projects.
“Nanette has done a wonderful job this past year,” said Badger, who has been a Rotarian for 5 1⁄2 years.
Carmody said, “When I turned 60, I said I wanted to do something remarkable and being president was one of the most remarkable things I’ve done since I retired seven years ago after 32 years with AT&T.”
The outgoing president said the position required a lot of work with weekly meetings, board meetings and being involved with community service.
“I’ve met a lot of wonderful people and made a lot of good friends,” said Carmody. “It was one of the best community service positions I’ve had. I’m a member of several service clubs and Rotary is my favorite.”
Rotarian and veterinarian Tom Campbell roasted his friend Pastor David Imhoff before giving him a plaque for Service Above Self. Imhoff recently retired from Grace Lutheran and moved to Jacksonville last weekend.
Perennial treasurer for countless organizations over the years, including Rotary, Sherryl Bowein was named Rotarian of the Year and presented with a plaque. Polly Thompson and Bonnie Caputo were recognized for their work with the Elderly Program, attorney Frank Holden was given the District Service Award, and Bob Cheetham was recognized for the Best Rotary Newsletter.
Known for his snow-white hair and beard, Badger is going to let it grow fuller for the Christmas season. “I’m going to be a freelance Santa,” he said. “Whenever a Santa is needed, I’ll volunteer.”