photo by Dave Stryker
R. B. Kent is the new president of the Groton Rotary Club. He was installed as the club’s new leader along with other officers and the Board of Directors at the weekly meeting held at the Mystic Marriott Hotel. Other officers sworn in are: Lian Obrey, President-Elect; Lea Doran, Vice President; Cathy Lathrop, Secretary; and John Scott, Treasurer. The Board of Directors includes all the officers plus Lee Vincent, Bruno Giulini, Hope Toelken, Diane Thomas, Mike Riegel, Frank Winkler, Nolan Nixon, and immediate Past President John Silsby.
During the annual installation meeting each year, the club presents the annual Jerry Scarano Award, given to a club member for outstanding service to the Groton Rotary. Last year’s recipient, Cathy Lathrop, presented this year’s award to Lian Obrey, who spearheaded the club’s annual auction effort the past two years.
Visiting Rotarian and the award sponsor, Jerry Scarano, was present to congratulate Lian. Jerry also presented the club with a $1,000 donation to continue the award which is in the form of a handsome wood plaque.
Jerry was a member of the club for some 37 years before he moved to Florida. He is also a former Club President and a former Governor of Rotary International District 7980.