Rotarians Celebrate the Passing of the Gavel

Two Presidents

The ending of one Rotary year and the beginning of another is always a time for reflection, celebration and optimism at the Derby -Shelton Rotary Club. And on June 28 the Club celebrated the outstanding Rotary year under the leadership of President Kim Ryan-Caro and the passing of the gavel to incoming President Lucy Andrade at the Brownson Country Club. The Club was also joined by Ron Webb, Rotary District Foundation Chair and Chip Marsh, Chair of the Paul Harris Society for remarks and some special presentations.

Following an excellent meal prepared by the staff at Brownson County Club, the official meeting got underway.

Chip gave some background information about the work of the Foundation and the Paul Harris Society before presenting Paul Harris Society membership certificates and pins to Carolyn Dow and Kim Ryan Caro. Judy Gulish was also recognized though she was not at the meeting. Ron Webb then presented Paul Harris multiple award pins to Carolyn, Kim, and Doug LoMonte. Marge Domorod and Tom Wilson were also recognized but unable to attend.

Kim Ryan-Caro receives Paul Harris+ Doug Lomonte receives Paul Harris + Carolyn Dow receives Paul Harris +

Kim then presented two very special Paul Harris Awards. The first was to George Howe and the second was to her husband and biggest supporter, Ron Caro. Past President Betsey Doane then made her own special presentation of a Paul Harris Award to her twin sister Barbara Lombardi for all her community work for a wide variety of organizations.

George Howe receives Paul Harris Ron Caro receives Paul Harris Betsey Lombardi receives Paul Harris award from sister

Club member, past President and current Assistant District Governor then inducted Sharon Hermes as the newest member of the Derby-Shelton Rotary club.

Sharon Herman inducted

Kim then presented gifts to all of her cabinet members and reviewed some of the highlights of her presidency. Jen presented Kim with her Past President’s badge and pin before Club Secretary Jeff Forte presented Kim with the traditional gavel plaque and also one of the great traditions of the Club – the Past President’s Chair.

Kim gets her chair

It was then time to turn the leadership of the Club to Lucy Andrade and her cabinet. Jen introduced Lucy and swore her in as the new Club president. Lucy gave some brief remarks about the upcoming year and introduced the officers and members of her cabinet. Jen came back to swear in the officers for the new year.

Lucy Andrade inducted


The officers are:

President Elect ‐ Joe Shapiro
Vice President ‐ Liza Gambino
Secretary ‐ Elizabeth Doane
Treasurer ‐ Carolyn Dow

2024-2025 officers


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