City Manager Jim Scholl added another responsibility on July 1 as he became president of Key West Sunrise Rotary. The former Naval Air Station Key West commanding officer succeeds Ron Demes, executive director and business manager of NAS Key West, in the club’s top leadership position.
The Naval connection continues with NAS Key West Public Affairs Officer Trice Denny becoming president-elect for the 2015-16 year. Other club officers are Stephanie Griffiths, treasurer, Janie Rodriquez, sergeant-at-arms, and George Wallace, parliamentarian.
Board chairs include Sue Fowler, membership; Carrie Helliesen, attendance; Jeremy Wilkerson, community service and programs; Stephen Gahan, international service; Stan Rzad, Rotary Foundation; and Gena Parsons, publicity. Additional board members are Fred Hildebrandt, Hal Barrett and Tim Dahms.
Honored as the club’s Rotarian of the Year was author Joel Narlock, who volunteered to chair the committee organizing Poker Run, an annual event that draws tens of thousands of people to Key West and raises money for Rotary scholarships and charitable donations.
The Key West Sunrise Rotary Club in the Conch Republic, established in 1988, supports charities and provides college scholarships through fundraising events including Brewfest, Poker Run and a golf tournament.