As June, and Rotary’s year, drew to an end, a Zoomed assemblage of 30 of Bedford Rotary’s members and friends celebrated the club’s annual leadership change.
Marie Tremblay bid farewell to her 2019-20 year as president, a year distinguished by many accomplishments, not the least of which was guiding the club out of pre-Covid normalcy and into the new normal of distancing and meeting virtually.
Highlights from the past year include hosting a barbecue for the Bedford Council on Aging, the first “Service Planning Project” sponsored by Enterprise Bank to bring local community partners together to strengthen our collective efforts in our community. The club also held annual fundraisers on Bedford Day, and Breakfast with Santa; funds raised at these events are distributed via grants through the Bedford Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Club of Bedford is a relatively small group of men and women who live and/or work in or around the town of Bedford, Massachusetts. The mission of Rotary is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.
Due to the pandemic, many additional planned projects had to be canceled. The club did not miss a beat as “People of Action” however and found ways to support our community. The club completed over 75 hours of production and delivered over 440 face shields, hundreds of gift cards, over 300 face masks, over 500 3D printed face shields all to frontline workers, and local hospitals. We also provided gift cards to the Food Banks in Bedford and at Middlesex Community College.
Sze Wen Kuo, who served as president-elect last year, steps up to be club president for 2020-21. While the efforts of Bedford Rotary, like so much else, will be dictated by the course of the coronavirus, Sze Wen is plotting a course of hands-on club service that is destined to keep members engaged and the community enriched.
Bedford Rotarian, Victor Tom, was named the club’s 2019-20 Rotarian of the Year. Victor was the force behind the club’s participation in assembling almost one thousand face shields that were distributed to local front line health heroes at local area hospitals. Victor who is a past club president, and a Rotary District 7910 Assistant governor, will become the District Governor for 2022-2023.
The club also celebrated another Bedford Rotarian, Cliff Rober, who will serve as District Governor for 2021-2022.
To learn more about the Rotary Club of Bedford, please visit: https://www.bedfordmarotary.org/