OSWEGO – The members of the Oswego Rotary Club, at their recent Changing of the Guard meeting, inducted new officers and directors for the coming year and honored two local leaders with honorary Rotary membership.
According to the club constitution, “Persons who have distinguished themselves by meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals may be elected to honorary membership. . . .”
The honorees this year were Paul Stewart and Stephen Phillips.
Stewart and Phillips were recognized for their co-founding in 2013 of the Oswego Renaissance Association to promote the development, restoration, and preservation of healthy and attractive neighborhoods in Oswego and for the work they have done and inspired in their West Seneca Street neighborhood.
Both have been previously recognized by Mayor William Barlow and by the Preservation Association of Central New York with the Jasena R. Foley Education Award for demonstrating a preservation ethic in the region.
Stewart serves as executive director of the association and is a member of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative Committee.
Phillips was project coordinator for the Franklin Park clean-up.
Past President Carrie Penoyer’s theme in reviewing the past year’s accomplishments was, Rotary: Making a Difference.
Incoming president Robert Pompo addressed the theme of his year, Be the Inspiration.
He also introduced the new mission statement of Rotary International, “Together we see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change – across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.”
The new club officers are Robert Pompo, president; Karen Ferguson, president-elect; Mark DuFore, vice president and secretary; Ann Seifried, treasurer; and Carrie Penoyer, immediate past president.
Newly elected directors are Jon Spaulding, Danielle Hayden, and Susan Witmer.
Club meetings are Tuesdays at noon at The American Foundry.