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 2015-16 Board Members of Key West Sunrise Rotary: (Top) Immediate Past President Ron Demes, President Jim Scholl, Fred Hildebrandt; (Middle) Membership Chair Sue Fowler, Tim Dahms, Community Service and Programs Chair Jeremy Wilkerson, President-Elect Trice Denny, Parliamentarian George Wallace, Rotary Foundation Representative Stan Rzad, Hal Barrett, (Front) Treasurer Stephanie Griffiths and Publicity Chair Gena Parsons. Not pictured: Sergeant-at-Arms Janie Rodriguez and International Service Chair Stephen Gahan. 17.20.54          Outgoing Key West Sunrise Rotary President Ron Demes recognized Joel Narlock as Rotarian of the Year for his leadership role in organizing Poker Run, one of the club’s biggest fundraising events.
Board Members of Key West Sunrise Rotary: (Top) Immediate Past President Ron Demes, President Jim Scholl, Fred Hildebrandt; (Middle) Membership Chair Sue Fowler, Tim Dahms, Community Service and Programs Chair Jeremy Wilkerson, President-Elect Trice Denny, Parliamentarian George Wallace, Rotary Foundation Representative Stan Rzad, Hal Barrett, (Front) Treasurer Stephanie Griffiths and Publicity Chair Gena Parsons. Not pictured: Sergeant-at-Arms Janie Rodriguez and International Service Chair Stephen Gahan.
Outgoing Key West Sunrise Rotary President Ron Demes passes the gavel to Jim Scholl.
Outgoing Key West Sunrise Rotary President Ron Demes passes the gavel to Jim Scholl.

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.

 

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