Bridgeport Rotary gets new president

BRIDGEPORT – It was changing of the presidents during Thursday night’s Bridgeport Rotary Installation of Officers Banquet at the elegant Rhodes Skyliner.

Tears were shed by outgoing president Ann Gallagher, as well as incoming president Jennifer Gerevics. Gallagher shared memories of her year as the group’s leader, while Gerevics outlined what she has planned during her term.

The club celebrated its 65th anniversary.

“Ann did a wonderful job as president,” Master of Ceremonies Gordie Longshaw said. “She made everyone a part of Rotary, and I’m sure Jennifer will do more of the same.”

Currently the assistant vice president of First National Bank in Bridgeport, she was named the 2013 Branch Manager of the Year in her market, which stretches across Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia.

“I am humbled and deeply honored to be chosen as this year’s Rotary President,” Gerevics said. “I have a lot of things planned for the upcoming year.”

Guest speaker for the event was past district governor Brent D. Rosenthal, who talked about his time as a Rotarian. He also expressed pleasure in a couple of projects the Bridgeport group has achieved, as well as sharing three challenges for the next year with all club members.

“I love coming out to Belmont County,” Rosenthal told those in attendance. “I’m overwhelmed with the (Irene Ehni Memorial) softball field that you have made possible. It’s a beautiful illustration on how you love your community.”

As far as the challenges:

– No. 1 – Ask every club member to share the Rotary experience with at least two people this coming year.

– No. 2 – Ask all club members to share some thoughts about the club with their new president.

– No. 3 – Propose new club projects to your their new president, and then make them happen.

One highlight of the evening was when village mayor John Callarik was presented as a Paul Harris Fellow, which also brought tears to the long-time mayor’s eyes.

“This is truly an honor,” he said. “And unexpected. Thank you.”

Another highlight was the presentation of perfect attendance pins. They were given to Chuck DeMatte (29 yrs.); John Tomlan (31); Richard Myser (33); and Bob Weaver (40).

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