Southampton Rotarian accepts the mantle of District Governor

Rotary is in the family – past-President Sylvia Sheard and new District Governor Tony Sheard

As of midnight tonight, June 30th, Rotary District 6330 will have a new District Governor from Southampton, after Tony Sheard was officially ‘pinned’ and named to the office on Wednesday, June 26th.

The ‘Hawaiian themed’ event was held at Chantry Breezes B&B in Southampton where members of both Southampton and Port Elgin Rotary gathered along with past, present and future District Governors and club Presidents.



past DG Diane Chantler

Past District Governor Diane Chantler introduced past Club President Ed Braun, outgoing President Sylvia Sheard and incoming President Rob Hughes.

Ed Braun pointed out the under Sylvia Shears’s role as President several achievements had been made including her “tackling the By-laws and Constitution”, support of the MRI in Owen Sound, dictionaries to all Gr. 3 students in the district and support of the Maternal Health Project in Cameroon.  “There were 3,500 volunteer hours over this past year,” he added.

(L) Incoming Club President Rob Hughes listens as outgoing President Sylvia            Sheard reads the oath of office and past President Ed Braun listens

Incoming President Rob Hughes added that he is looking forward to carrying on with the work started by the club and that “… there is a lot of tradition to carry on.”

It was then time for the District Governors (DG) to ‘take centre stage’.

(L) DG Elect David Elliott, DG Tony Sheard and past-DG Jim Schlatman

Past DG Jim Schlatman said that he and wife, Audrey, over the past three years had visited all the Clubs in District 6330.  “Our goal was to increase the membership by 250 and we almost met that at 225. However, 17 Clubs surpassed the goal.  It gives me great pleasure to pass the baton on to Tony and Sylvia under this year’s inspiration ‘Rotary Connects the World’.”

Past DG Jim Schlatman presents the traditional basket to DG Tony Sheard – the basket is filled with momentos by each outgoing DG and passed on

In a surprise visit, Yaouba Ibrahim of Cameroon, presented the Southampton Club with a special banner and bag.

“The hand-up program through Rotary has truly made a difference in lives in Cameroon,” said Ibrahim.

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