Ponte Vedra Rotary Club installs new president, presents awards


The Rotary Club of Ponte Vedra Beach welcomed new President Billy Wagner last week at the club’s final meeting of the 2016-2017 year.

Held June 29 at Marsh Landing Country Club on the 34th anniversary of the Ponte Vedra Rotary Club’s founding, the meeting concluded President Michael Bruce’s term as president – a year that saw the club raise thousands of dollars for both Rotary and local charities, and receive both a Rotary presidential citation and a Platinum Premier Club Award. The Ponte Vedra club was one of just three clubs to receive the prestigious Platinum Premier honor out of 62 Rotary clubs in the local district.

The transition meeting also featured the presentation of awards to numerous club members. In addition to recognizing members of the club’s board of directors, Bruce presented the club’s Rotarian of the Year Award to incoming President Billy Wagner.

“The best thing I did as president was secure Billy as president-elect,” Bruce said in presenting the award. Bruce noted Wagner’s many contributions to the Rotary Club during the previous year, which included serving as chairman of the club’s annual Mineral City benefit that raises funds to support numerous local charities.

Other awards presented included the Donald F. Blackburn Service Award to Bruce Barber, the Service Above Self Award to Christine Ng and the Rookie of the Year Award to Jennifer Logue.

Among the initiatives highlighted for the upcoming Rotary year were plans to celebrate the 30th anniversary of women joining Rotary, and an international service project to provide clean drinking water to families in Guatemala.