Whitmire succeeds Barta as Rotary Club president

Gary Whitmire (left) accepted the gavel of Rotary Club leadership from Marty Barta (right). Photo provided

Gary Whitmire (left) accepted the gavel of Rotary Club leadership from Marty Barta (right). Photo provided

FLUSHING — The Rotary Club of Flushing held its annual Pass the Gavel ceremony on June 24 to welcome incoming Club President Gary Whitmire for the 2021-2022 year and recognize outgoing 2020-2021 Rotary President Marty Barta. The meeting was held at the soccer pavilion near Seymour Elementary School.

During Barta’s term as president, the Rotary Club initiated a regional literacy library reserve, which provides books to area Rotary Clubs to distribute to schools in Genesee County. The Flushing Rotary Club also established the “Little Free Library” in Cornwell Park in downtown Flushing to provide free books for the community, primarily for school-age children to develop literacy.

Rotary Students of the Month at FHS were recognized from September to June, and the Club provided two Rotary Scholarships to graduating FHS seniors to recognize their outstanding community service and academic achievement.

The Club also engaged in strategic planning to align its projects and priorities with the needs of the community. Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Barta utilized Zoom to conduct virtual meetings and ensure that the Rotary Club could continue to meet and conduct its business of serving the community.

Whitmire, the incoming president, will continue leading the Rotary Club forward, implementing its strategic plan and serving the community and the world through the club’s local, regional and international projects.

The Rotary Club of Flushing, chartered in 1992, has provided financial and in-kind support to the Flushing community for 29 years. The Club’s signature project was raising funds for stadium seating in Riverview Park near downtown Flushing. The motto of Rotary is “Service above Self”, and the Rotary Club of Flushing strives to reflect this in all its initiatives.

Individuals who reside or work in Flushing can learn more about the Rotary Club of Flushing by visiting www.FlushingRotary.com or emailing FlushingRotaryClub@gmail.com. — B.G.