Outgoing president Randy Butcher passed the gavel to new president Joe St. Columbia, Jr. at the weekly meeting of the Helena Rotary Club. Officers and board members for the coming year were installed and several club members were honored for their outstanding service. Eddie Calhoun was named Rotarian of the Year for stepping in to fill the shoes of longtime Executive Secretary/Treasurer Otis Howe.
After his installation as president, Joe St. Columbia, Jr. addressed the club and mentioned several goals for the 2018-19 year. First on the list was to increase membership by reaching out to younger leaders in the community and retaining the existing membership.
St. Columbia also plans to increase the number of civic projects. He wants to partner with the Helena-West Helena police department on issues of public safety and drug abuse.
Third on the list of goals is fundraising. The club will reach out to other Rotary clubs that have been successful in this area and try to implement some of the ideas.
Philanthropy is the fourth goal. New ways of providing service to others will be identified and implemented.
The fifth goal focuses on making sure that the community is aware of all the good work the Rotary Club is involved in. This will be done using social media, the newspaper, and other methods of publicity.