Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club reflects on past year

“Engage Rotary Change Lives!” That was Crystal Schrantz’s pronouncement as she accepted the gavel to become Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club’s 2013-14 president.

An active member of Rotary during her few years as a member, Schrantz reminded her fellow members of the ideals they live by and the service they bring to communities. In other words, she stressed, “Rotarians get involved.”

Outgoing president, John “Doc” Hamels, Ph.D., handed over a very busy 2012-13 gavel and related those accomplishments.

He said, “We’re in the top 10 of 27 (Rotaries) for a Peace Award, which we earned.”

He also reviewed the milestones of his term. “It was a very emotional year because of two deaths in the club,” he began and then listed several accomplishments on the constructive side: a heightened recognition of the polio plight; singers from Chautauqua Institution presentations; the largest intake of new members and a Rotary presidential citation.

Hamels’ proudest moment was the club’s building of a pavilion for the Chautauqua Children’s Safety Education Village in Ashville. As a member of that board of directors, he realized that although there were many activity/learning buildings, there was no place to rest or eat lunch there so the Rotary stepped in.

One of the speakers in the spring was David Carr, former Westfield mayor. He said the village is in a “good financial position,” and that a pierogi plant will open soon. He noted that New York “red tape” delays openings. As for consolidation of the village and town, Carr said, “I think it’s a good idea.”

In May, Rotarian Jack Dean hosted Arthur N. Bailey, a 50-year Jamestown attorney who has concentrated primarily in the modern fields of products liability, medical negligence and anti-trust litigation throughout the nation.

Anyone interested in becoming a member of the Westfield/Mayville Rotary is invited to join the group any Tuesday at noon for a great lunch, fun, interesting speakers and, above all, getting to know more about “Service Above Self” the Rotary around the world motto.