By Gagandeep Ghuman
Published: June 30, 2012
Denise Imbeau was sworn in as the Squamish Rotary Club president at the annual installation ceremony on Saturday, June 23.
The induction ceremony was attended by more than a 100 people at the cornerstone penthouse in downtown Squamish.
Outgoing President Ron Anderson recapped the achievements of the previous years, followed by Denise Imbeau being sworn in as president by Assistant Governor Ross Harlow.
Imbeau then swore in her new executive, with Don Patrick being recognized for his 40 years with the Rotary Club of Squamish.
Ian Davis and Sheri Davis also received their Paul Harris Level 7 and 8.
Those who donate more than $1,000 or more to the annual programs fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.
Rotary Club also raised $600 towards Polio Plus during the inaugural auctioning of the Dr. Laverne Kindree Immunization Tie.
An additional $200 was donated by the late Dr. Kindree’s wife, Norma Kindree.
Dr. Kindree was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Squamish and worked closely with victims of the disease during a polio outbreak in Squamish in the late 1950’s.
In bidding on the Dr. Laverne Kindree Immunization Tie, the winner is granted “immunity” from the fines of the Sergeant at Arms.
Over one hundred people attended the Real Rotarians of Squamish Installation event including MLA Joan McIntyre and Mayor of Squamish, Rob Kirkham. .
Guests were treated to complimentary “Rotinis”, blue infused Rotary Martinis that were dispensed from a Rotary International wheel ice sculpture that lit up and glowed as the evening darkness descended on the room.