Nearly 80 people attended the year-end banquet on June 27 at Bagsby Ranch.
It was a great evening to celebrate our club’s achievements over the past year; despite challenges, we still raised a record $80,000 gross for Christmas for Kids, performed countless other acts for the community we call home, and we welcomed several valuable members to the club.
Multiple Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded, and recognition was given to those who have had perfect attendance — some going back over 30 years!
John Garrott Legacy awards were given to Charles Moffatt, Eugene Branham, and posthumously to Tom Gray (we are thankful Janice remains active). We are all so thankful for all the years of service they have given to Rotary and to Gallatin.
“Rookie of the Year” was Rebecca Stewart, who has really stepped up right away. She helps coordinate our Fifth Thursdays, but I think she got the award because she got the chocolate fountain for the auction then-president Bill Sorrells wanted so desperately. I’m joshing, Rebecca, it was well earned.
And the most emotional moment of the evening came when Michael Wertenberger was named “Rotarian of the Year.”
He had already gotten emotional when announcing how he was passing the torch of being club treasurer for five years to David Mueller, but it seemed like this award really touched him.
No one was more deserving. Michael has not only helped the club, but several of us as individuals who go through life things. We are really fortunate to have such a wonderful man as a member of our club.
Photos are from Kenzie Hammock.