ROTARY CHANGEOVER: Horsham Rotary Club’s new Paul Harris Fellows Denise Queale and Chris Hood, pictured with newly inducted 2012-13 president Franz Turri and past president Loloma Puls at the club’s annual changeover dinner. Picture: KAITLYN OPIETHE reign of Horsham Rotary Club’s first woman president ended with the club’s annual changeover dinner at Westlander Motor Inn on Friday.

President Loloma Puls, the first woman president in the club’s 84-year history, inducted president-elect Franz Tursi as 2012-13 president.

About 90 people attended the dinner, with the theme for the 2012-13 Rotary International year being ‘Peace through service’.

Mr Tursi said the club would strive to embrace the theme and the challenges of the year ahead, including attracting new members.

The club also presented two Paul Harris Fellowships, the highest honour an individual club can bestow.

Denise Queale of Riverside received a fellowship for her many years of service to the Wimmera community.

Mrs Queale is not a Rotary member, but has been involved with numerous other clubs and organisations and has supported Horsham Rotary Club since her husband joined more than 20 years ago.

With tears in her eyes, Mrs Queale said she was shocked to receive the award.

“I am a partner, not a member, but I have worked with Rotary for a long time,” she said.

“I’m really thrilled to get this.”

Rotary member Chris Hood of Horsham was also emotional when accepting his award.

A former Apex member with clubs at Donald, Nhill, Kaniva and with Jardwa Apex Club in Horsham, Mr Hood joined Horsham Rotary Club four years ago.

Since then, Mr Hood has been on the club’s youth committee, international committee and Horsham Spring Garden Festival committee.

He has also edited the club’s bulletin, helped set up the club website and been involved with numerous other community activities.

“This award was utterly unexpected I’m totally overwhelmed,” Mr Hood said.

“As I understand it, this award is given to people who have been involved with Rotary for years and I’ve only been involved for four years.

“It’s an incredible honour to receive it.”

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