The Rotary Club of Benalla welcomed Janice Crothers as its 82nd president at this year's official changeover.
However, like many thing at this moment in history the ceremony had to be carried out via Zoom thanks to COVID-19 restrictions.
While this was a vast departure from the more formal changeovers of previous years, all members were able to participate in this important occasion thanks to the wonders of modern technology.
Janice’s Rotary involvement began when her late husband Gerard joined the club in 1995.
From this point on she became involved with many of the club’s service activities.
A great example of this is Jan’s involvement with the Portsea Children’s Camp, which has been ongoing since she joined.
Former president Bruce Walker said she had participated in many ways, including taking part in working bees as well as being a children’s councillor/leader for many years.
“And she still has a strong commitment to Rotary’s involvement in this very worthwhile endeavour,” Mr Walker said.
“In 2003 after eight years as a a staunch supporter of Rotary, Janice became an official member.
“Since then she has served on a number of committees and has been on the club board for many years.”
She has served as director of youth, secretary and treasurer, a position she has held for the past four years.
“A major highlight of Jan’s Rotary life was being inducted as a Paul Harris Fellow in recognition of her commitment to the ideals of Rotary,” Mr Walker said.
“More recently she was honoured to receive a Paul Harris Sapphire as further recognition of her ongoing work within Rotary and the wider community.”
The Rotary theme for 2020-2021 is “Rotary Opens Opportunities”.
Jan said Rotary had already opened opportunities for her, in many different ways, and she was sure there were still more to come.