Sunrise Rotary Club names next president
by TP staff
Jul 26, 2012 | 2938 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Local pharmacist Harold Reich recently took over as president of Tracy Sunrise Rotary Club for 2012-13.

He accepted the gavel during a Rotary gathering June 28 at Windmill Ridge Winery as Penny van der Meer and Mike Bogetti, who shared presidential duties during the 2011-12 year, ended their term.

Reich returns for a second term after serving as president in 2001-02.

The coming year’s focus will be to increase membership, as the 20-member club seeks to attract people interested in fellowship and community service.

Sunrise Rotary’s usual activities include the club’s annual Shrimp Dinner Gala in February, regular visits to Family Church of Praise to feed homeless people, participation in the Tracy Dry Bean Festival, a possible new holiday season festival and the senior Thanksgiving dinner.

The club also hands out scholarships to high school seniors and supports charities including Tracy Interfaith Ministries, McHenry House Family Shelter, Brighter Christmas, Drug Abuse Resistance Education and the Women’s Center-YFS.

Also on June 28, the club named Mike Souza Rotarian of the Year, for leading an effort to put up an entryway sign on 11th Street to spotlight several Tracy service clubs.

The club’s Service Above Self award went to Ellen Hancock for her work with the Rotary International Foundation and with the District 5220 Group Study Exchange team that went to the Philippines and worked with District 3820 to identify new water well projects.

Silent Rotarian was Rod Buchanan, who took on the Trout in the Classroom project during the past four years and expanded it to five local classrooms.

Other club officers are Mike Souza, vice president; Shannon Reinard, treasurer; Bruce Ludeman, secretary; Brent Riddle, sergeant at arms and New Generations; Linda Wilcox, club service; Ellen Hancock, international service; and Bill Prioste, vocational service.

• Members of clubs in Tracy or Mountain House are invited to share news about their groups. Send email to, call 835-3030 or leave a note at 145 W. 10th St.
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