"Engage Rotary Change Lives!" That was Crystal Schrantz's pronouncement as she accepted the gavel to become Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club's 2013-14 president.
An active member of Rotary during her few years as a member, Schrantz reminded her fellow members that they live by and bring to communities service in many ways. In other words, she stressed, "Rotarians get involved."
Outgoing president, John "Doc" Hamels, PhD, handed over a very busy 2012-13 gavel and related those accomplishments. "We're in the top 10 of 27 (Rotaries) for a Peace Award, which we earned," he noted. In addition, he noted several happenings during his term, "It was a very emotional year because of two deaths in the club," he began and then listed several accomplishments on the constructive side: a raised recognition of the polio plight, singers from Chautauqua Institution presentations, the largest intake of new members and a Rotary presidential citation.
Rotarian Dave Travis, left, receives a $500 check from Tom Berkhouse, Rotary Community Service chair, for the recent Portland Bicentennial celebration. Travis, who is Rotary’s Club Service chair, lives in Brocton and chaired the July 14th bicentennial. The Rotary donation was used toward the grand parade.
Hamels' proudest moment was the club's building of a pavilion for the Chautauqua Children's Safety Education Village in Ashville. As a member of that board of directors, he realized that although there were many activity/learning buildings, there was no place to rest or eat lunch, ergo, Rotary stepped in. All said and done, he commented, "We really are doing well."
Of the speakers during the spring, David Carr, former Westfield mayor, said that the village is in a "good financial position," and that a pirogue plant will open soon. He noted that New York "red tape" delays openings.
As for consolidation of the village and town, Carr said, "I think it's a good idea."
In May, Rotarian Jack Dean hosted Arthur N. Bailey, a 50-year Jamestown attorney who has concentrated primarily in the modern fields of products liability, medical negligence and anti-trust litigation throughout the nation.
Anyone interested in becoming a member of the W/M Rotary is invited to join the group any Tuesday at noon for a great lunch, fun, interesting speakers and, above all, getting to know more about Service Above Self, Rotary around the world motto.