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July 3, 2014

Rotary Club swears in new officers

DUNCAN — Butch Whitten’s 22 years in the Duncan Rotary Club reached a peak Wednesday night, when he was sworn in as the 2014-15 president of the club.

Whitten, who spent the past year as club vice president, was sworn into his new role by District Gov. Bob Deal, who at that time had only been in his position for 36 hours. Whitten takes over the position from Arnold Nelson.

“Rotary gives us the opportunity to light up the world where there is darkness,” Whitten said following being sworn in. “With this group, I think we can light up Rotary.”

His pledge echoed the 2014-15 Rotary theme “Light up Rotary,” which Whitten took as a challenge in which to encourage his peers to make a difference.

Deal spoke highly of Whitten, telling club members the new president stands out from others because of his excitement for his new role.

“He’s going to be a great president,” Deal said.

Joining Whitten on the board of directors are Hal Pennington as vice president, Joe Vermadahl as secretary, David Redelsperger as treasurer, Nelson as past president, and three board members: Glenda Cobb, Tommy McCasland III and Byron Wilcox.

Deal said Rotary Club has a strong significance for him, and he hopes each of the new board members feel the same way.

“At the beginning, I was attracted to Rotary because I wanted to help people,” Deal said. “I’ve stayed because my life is enriched every day because of the things I do in Rotary. Rotary is structured to bring all of us together. Rotary will always be a force.”

In addition to swearing in new officers, the Rotary Club welcomed a new member, Tanner Cline, who is new to the Duncan area. Cline works for Edward Jones.

“I’m excited to be here in Duncan,” Cline said. “I look forward to being here for a long time.”

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