Outstanding service recognized

Past President Dr. Charlette T. Woolridge, right, presented the Rotarian of the Year Award to Cynthia Gregg and thanked her for her outstanding service to the Lawrenceville Rotary Club. (Sylvia Allen/Brunswick Times-Gazette)

LAWRENCEVILLE – The Lawrenceville Rotary Club held an installation ceremony recently providing the perfect opportunity to recognize members and look forward to the upcoming year in Rotary. The theme for 2020-2021 is Rotary Opens Opportunities.

Dr. Charlette T. Woolridge, Area Governor 2020-2021, Past President: 2012-2013, 2018-2019 and 2019-2020; presented the Rotarian of the Year Award to Cynthia Gregg. Dr. Woolridge said the award is given to a member who exhibits “Service Above Self” in their daily activities and who promotes Rotary by their actions and involvements. This may be accomplished through participation in major activities in club service and by serving on several committees locally, district-wide or internationally.

President Dixie Walker thanked Dr. Woolridge for her service and expressed her appreciation.

“You are truly a natural born leader, who leads with passion and grace. You make commanding the room look effortless and you make motivating others to serve enjoyable. You have led our club as President not only once, or twice but a grand total of 3 terms. You continued to remind our club that we are a team, and as a team we will continue to make a difference in our community. Your reflection is what a true Rotarian should strive to see in the mirror. The 4-Way Test is not a test for you, because you will always pass with flying colors. It has been an honor to serve as President Elect under your guidance and expertise.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed our time to get to know each other through Rotary and outside the office. Although your term as President has come to close, this certainly is not the end in your Rotary journey. You have been given the honor to serve as Area Governor. I speak on behalf of the Lawrenceville Rotary Club. We congratulate you and we are extremely proud of you. We know that you will do amazing things in your new position. Thank you again for your leadership and guidance, and do not forget that you have a team behind you cheering you on,” Walker stated.

Dr. Woolridge received the Past President Pin.

Walker thanked the members for selecting her as President and she promised to do her best to fulfill the responsibilities of President.

“Our club continues to go the extra mile to carry out projects and services that benefit our community in various ways. I am excited to see what the upcoming year has in store and what we will accomplish next. Pandemic or not, I am confident we will find a way to overcome and continue to give back to our community,” Walker stated.

Walker thanked her sponsor, Dr. Charlette Woolridge, for encouraging her to join Rotary. She said she had prior community service and leadership experience with the South Hill Junior Woman’s Club and knew the perfect place for her to replant those roots was with the Lawrenceville Rotary Club.

Walker thanked the members for welcoming her into the club and said she looked forward to serving as President. She looks forward to opening doors of opportunities that bring change and renewal within Rotary.

“It is natural to assume bringing in new members also means new ideas, new projects, and fresh hands ready to serve. However, it is also important to also not loose sight in the fact that our club is willing to allow someone ‘fresh off the scene’ to become your leader. This means, our club can embrace change, and this shows our club has the ability to adapt as our community evolves which is a true sign of strength and courage. The outward appearance of our club may evolve as we gain new faces, or bring on new projects, but the core of our club will not, we on the inside still have those core values such as the 4 Way Test that will continue to make our club a familiar place and recognize the smiles and laughter that we share along the way,” Walker said.

Walker closed by looking to the future and asking for the support of the members.

“Although 2020 has gotten off to a rocky start, let us hope my year as President will not leave you feeling like you are still in a pandemic but rather escaping it. Remember, Rotary can be your escape during these uncertain times, remember your friends, remember the positive impact and differences you have made through service projects, and remember you have the ability to help those who may need it most, even during a pandemic,” Walker said.

The Lawrenceville Rotary Club meets every Thursday at noon at the Elm Acres Community Center in Lawrenceville, Virginia and guests are welcome. For more information about the Lawrenceville Rotary Club call Ray Thomas at (434) 848-2112 or email him at brunswickins@aol.com.