Jill Rehrig named West End Rotary Club's 'Rotarian of the Year'
LINDA KOEHLER/TIMES NEWS Jill Rehrig of Kresgeville was named "Rotarian of the Year" by the West End Rotary Club, of which Jill is a member and the President-elect. Jill also received distinction as a Paul Harris Fellow.
Toni McAndrew was the first Rotary female district governor of District 7410 in 1997-98 and was the guest speaker at the West End Rotary Club's Installation and Awards Dinner held at The Hamilton in Sciota. She told those who attended that any organization is made up of four bones-the Wishbones, the Jawbones, the Knucklebones and the Backbones.
"The Wishbone knows what should be done and wishes that someone would do it. The Jawbone talks about it but does little else. The Knucklebone is the one who knocks what others try to do. The Backbone carries the load and gets on with the job. I believe I'm looking at the Backbones of this district," she said.
One of those strong Backbones of District 7410's West End Rotary Club is Jill Rehrig of Kresgeville, the new President-Elect. She received two of the club's coveted honors.
She was named Rotarian of the Year which is "Presented in recognition of dedicated service, unwavering enthusiasm and loyal devotion to the ideals of Rotary, with deepest gratitude."
Also, Honi Grasing presented Jill with the Paul Harris Fellow award, which is given to a Rotarian that has donated $1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program. She received a commemorative certificate and a pin.
"It's our way of honoring a person who has really kept this club, and the world, going," said Grasing.
Rehrig is the owner of New Beginnings in Kresgeville. She is a fully-trained certified massage therapist (CMT), Physical Therapy Assistant (PTA), and MFR Specialist and has earned national acclamation practicing this skill and teaching it with world renowned John F. Barnes, PT.
Dr. Karin-Susan Breitlauch, D.V.M. of Kunkletown, owner of Creature Comforts Veterinary Services in Saylorsburg, is the newly installed President, another Backbone of the club. She received the club's well-deserved Service Above Self award. Dr. Breitlauch was Pennsylvania's 2009 Veterinarian of the Year.
Breitlauch presented a plaque with a gavel to outgoing President Theresa Yocum, who said the West End Rotary Club had all Backbones in it. She recapped the highlights of the club's year in fundraising events ranging from its annual Longaberger Basket Bingo to Octoberfest and Car Show, raising a total of $17,000 for the year. The club has distributed most of this money to various local organizations, scholarships, the purchase of a Shelter Box to give temporary shelter and aid to someone in a disaster zone, and to the Rotary Foundation for research to wipe out polio, which is still rampant in some third world countries.
"Theresa has done an outstanding job as our President for the last year," Breitlauch said.
Bob Wehe, the 7410 District Governor installed the new officers of the club. They are: Karin-Susan Breitlauch, President; Jill Rehrig, President-Elect; Debbie Borger, Vice President; Diana Cardwell, Secretary; Frank Mullane, Treasurer; Dave Pierce, Sergeant at Arms; Jeff Widmer, Director of Public Relations; Joanie Loveless, Membership Director; Jill Rehrig, Service Projects Director; Joey Krawitz, Director of Club Administration; Honi Grasing, Rotary Foundation Director.
After thanking District Governor Wehe and guest speaker Toni McAndrew, Breitlauch said, "The question has been asked, 'What would you change in your club?' I'd say nothing. I feel we embody what Rotary means, 'Service above Self' and 'They profit most who serve best.'"
She recently returned from attending the 101st annual Rotary International Convention held in Montreal, Canada, "really psyched" about the coming year in Rotary.
Breitlauch also thanked the spouses of the members. "We can't do this without our spouses. We should encourage them to also become members since they help us do so much."
Perfect attendance pins were awarded to: Joan Loveless-2 years; Karin-Susan Breitlauch-3 yrs.; Theresa Yocum-3 yrs.; Honi Grasing-8 yrs.; Joey Krawitz-13 yrs.; Jeff 14 yrs.; Diana Cardwell-16 yrs.
Jeff Widmer was recognized for his dedication as director of Public Relations.
"Bob called us 'the best little Rotary Club in the district.' We truly are the best little Rotary Club in the district," said Yocum.
The West End Rotary Club meets every Thursday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the Western Pocono Community Library and starting Thursday, July 15, it will begin meeting every third Thursday at The Hamilton at 5:45 p.m. for a monthly evening meeting. To learn more about the West End Rotary Club, visit its website at www.westendrotary.org.