Skye Coleman-Weisz and Staci Lancaster take the oath as the new presidents of their respective Riverton and Lander Rotary Clubs. (Ken Richardson photo)

(Lander, Wyo.) – The Lander and Riverton Rotary Clubs held their annual joint “gavel exchange” to install new club presidents last Friday at the Museum of the American West in Lander.

Riverton's Carmen Milbury, left, and Lander's Ken Richardson were honored as their club's respective Rotarians of the Year. (Ernie Over photo)

Carmen Milbury, left, and Ken Richardson

Newly elected Presidents receiving their club’s gavels were Skye Coleman-Weisz of the Riverton and Staci Lancaster of Lander.  Skye received his gavel from outgoing President Dan McDonald and Staci received her gavel from Bryan Neely, Lander’s outgoing president.  Each of the new presidents will serve a one year term at the helm of their respective clubs.  Both new presidents took the oath of office from Manny Muniz, a former Lieutenant Governor of the Rocky Mountain District of Rotary International.  Manny is a member of the Lander Club.

Also taking the oath of office was John Brown who will serve as the new Secretary of the Lander Rotary Club replacing Travis Gallo.

Several presentations were made during the meeting including:

  • Recognition by Bryan Neely of the Lander Rotary Board of Directors for service over the past year.  Directors of the Lander club include:, John Brown, Marvin  Brown, Travis Gallo, Helen Higby, Skip Hornecker, Staci Lancaster, Mike Lilygren, Ernie Over, Joe Quiroz, Ken Richardson, and Dominick Weigel.
  • Dan McDonald recognized Darla Mason for being the Riverton Rotary Club program chair for the last few years and Carmen Milbury for being the Riverton Rotary Club Outstanding Rotarian for the years 2013-2014.
  • Recognition by Bryan Neely of Ken Richardson of the Lander club as The Outstanding Lander Rotarian for the years 2013-2014.  Ken serves the Lander club as webmaster and on the Public Relations and Rotary Foundation Committees.

Approximately 60 Rotarians and their guests attended the event: dinner was catered by the Culinary Arts Department of the Wyoming Catholic College and the Lander Ambassadors served as beverage masters.

Rotary International was founded in 1905 and since then has grown to 1.2 million neighbors, friends and community leaders.  Rotary members unite at home and across the globe to put their experience and knowledge to work tackling the world’s most pressing challenges. Rotary focus its efforts in six areas: promoting peace, preventing diseases, providing access to clean water and sanitation, enhancing maternal and child health, improving basic education and literacy, and helping communities develop.