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The Rotary Club of Saipan has a new set of officers and directors.

Sworn in at the Pacific Islands Club Saipan Tuesday night, Curtis Dancoe is now the club president

Past president Richard Cody passes on the Rotary Club of Saipan’s gavel to newly installed club president Curtis Dancoe during a ceremony at the Pacific Islands Club Saipan Tuesday night. (Frauleine S. Villanueva)

Past president Richard Cody passes on the Rotary Club of Saipan’s gavel to newly installed club president Curtis Dancoe during a ceremony at the Pacific Islands Club Saipan Tuesday night. (Frauleine S. Villanueva)

“Congratulations to all the officers and directors. There is not much more that I can do as a leader for this club that’s not already been done,” Dancoe said.

Brian Clayton will now serve as vice president, Marcia Ayuyu as secretary, Thomas Thornburg as treasurer, and Wayne Gillespie as sergeant-at-arms.

President-elect Ivan Ilnov wasn’t able to attend the induction.

Directors for the new year are Elitza Stoilova for club services, Larry Philip for community services, Wendell Posadas for vocational services, Richard Cody for international services, Sapuro Rayphand for new generations, and Ben Babauta for foundation.

Norbert Sablan was also sworn in as assistant district governor of Rotary Club Saipan.

Productive year

In his outgoing speech, now past president Cody thanked all those who served with him during the past year.

He also gave star awards to Sonya Dancoe and Ayuyu for serving beyond their call of duty with regards to the Kagman Family Park project and providing significant contributions to the club.

“A year ago, the last sentence of my induction speech stated: as members of the Rotary Club of Saipan, let us do our part for light up Rotary for 2014-2015,” Cody said.

“It has been a good and productive year for Rotary Club of Saipan and I think we have met and exceeded the expectations for our club, and for that, I thank each and every one of you,” Dancoe said.

‘Be a gift to the world’

“I like to raise a toast to our past president Richard Cody for successfully ‘lighting up’ Rotary for a year. A candle, sir, you lit a year ago will forever shine on the Rotary Club of Saipan, thank you,” Dancoe said in his speech.

Dancoe presented the Rotary Club’s new theme for their new year which is “Be a gift to the world.”

“I look forward to being a gift to the world for 2015 to 2016,” he said, also reminding members of what Rotary Club truly means.

New member

Kevin McCale of Docomo Pacific was inducted as the newest member of the club.

“I’m very happy to be here. I’m glad that I was accepted and I will fulfill this responsibility as best as I can,” he said.

With the addition of McCale, the Rotary Club now has 41 members.
Aside from Rotarians, members of Rotaract and Interact Clubs were also present in the ceremony.

Frauleine S. Villanueva-Dizon | Reporter
Frauleine Michelle S. Villanueva was a broadcast news producer in the Philippines before moving to the CNMI to pursue becoming a print journalist. She is interested in weather and environmental reporting but is an all-around writer. She graduated cum laude from the University of Santo Tomas with a degree in Journalism and was a sportswriter in the student publication.

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