Thursday was the Breakfast Rotary Club’s Officer Installation Banquet. Outgoing president Janie Robbins passed the baton to new president Leann Cordell.
They were several awards given out. The Paul Harris Fellow Award went to Karen Wentz. Rachel Killebrew won the Volunteer Spirit Award.
Heather George was recognized with the Let Service Light the Way Award. She is a nurse in the intensive care unit at River Park Hospital. She is known for always being willing to lend a hand and her outstanding leadership.
In 2007, George was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after waking up one morning blinded in her left eye. George then became involved with fundraisers for MS research, including starting an MS walk in McMinnville.
New officers include Rhonda Walker as secretary, Rachel Killebrew as treasurer, and Jeff McKinley as sergeant and arms.
Break Rotary has done much for the city of McMinnville. This year at the fifth annual River Clean Up, club members removed tires and about two tons of trash from the Barren Fork River. All the metal and plastic was recycled by Kids of the Community.
Breakfast Rotary has contributed annually to a Romanian foster home, providing approximately half of the annual operating costs for the facility.
Club members also organize a program called Breakfast Rotary Feeds Hungry Kids. It began in 2006 and works to provide weekend food for needy children during the school year.