By: Sarah Hui
On Friday, July 19th, 2013 the Rotaract Club of Toronto had its 2013 Changeover at the Spoke Club. Luckily the event started right as storm clouds were growing in the downtown Toronto area so all of us were safe and dry inside.
The MC for the night, Neisely, did a great job in keeping us all entertained and ensuring the flow of the program. We thanked the 2012-13 Board of Directors for an exciting year filled with giving back, making new friends and growing as a club. This year we welcomed 26 new members under the leadership of President Netila Demneri. The 2012-13 Board of Directors also included Vice President Kelly Ku, Secretary Sarah Hui, Treasurer Andrei Lezau, Club Service Director Neisely Eugene, Community Service Director Maria Shibaeva, International Service Director Aislynn Austin, Communications Director Andrea Tirone, Professional Development Director Ben Sinclair, Past President Chialing Ku and Liason Director of Rotaract Clubs Don Brooks.
We also gave out the Jamie Maynard Award and the Team Spirit Award. The Jamie Maynard Award is given to a member who has shown outstanding leadership within the club over the past year. The winner of this award is Kelly Ku. The Team Spirit Award is given to a member who makes all members want to succeed and is awarded to a member who is not only a key player in the Rotaract Club of Toronto team, but who also strives to make our team stronger, by engaging and encouraging everyone to work together in service and fellowship. This person helps bring fun, energy, and collaboration to our team. The winner of this award is Neisely Eugene.
There is a third award, the Herbert J. Taylor Award which is awarded to the member who best exemplifies the spirit of Rotary International’s four way test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Does it promote goodwill and better friendships? Is it beneficial to all concerned? The top contenders from this award are Netila Demneri, Eric Muller and Jana Yee.
Finally, we again congratulate the 2013-14 Board of Directors and look forward to another exciting year at the Rotaract Club of Toronto.
President: Kelly Ku
Vice President: Neisely Eugene
Secretary: Sarah Hui
Treasurer: Melanie Watts
Club Service Director: Maria Shibaeva
Community Service Director: Leslie Lee
International Service Director: Faridah Saadat
Communications Director: Eric Muller
Professional Development Director: Faiyyad Hosein