PRESS RELEASE

CANTON, GA (July 2, 2024) – On the evening of Tuesday, June 25, 2024, the Rotary Club of Canton presented its annual Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Timbers on Etowah event space in Canton. During the ceremony 2023-24 President Francisco Lozano officially passed the gavel to incoming 2024-25 President Marcie Smith. Rotary Club of Canton’s past District 6910 Governors Shane Burr, Anton Zellman, and Kay Miller and past presidents JoEllen Wilson, Rebecca Johnston, Peter Gleichman, Jerry Cooper, Lynn Epps, Shane Moore, and Greg Elder participated in the presentation.

Rotary Club of Canton Changing of the Guard 2024 | Photo Credit: Jaye Grimes/Enjoy Cherokee Magazine

Rotary Club of Canton 2024-25 President Marcie Smith is sworn in by immediate past president Francisco Lozano.

The club’s 2024-25 Officers were also sworn in during the event, including Vice President Francisco Lozano, Secretary Annie DeLuca, Treasurer Shane Burr, and Sergeant-at-Arms Marianne Butler, as well as the Club Directors JoEllen Wilson, Joseph Smith, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Lynn Epps, Rebecca Johnston, and Shane Moore.

Rotary Club of Canton 2024-25 Officers and Club Directors | Photo Credit: Jaye Grimes/Enjoy Cherokee Magazine

Rotary Club of Canton 2024-25 Officers and Club Directors, L-R: Annie DeLuca, Marianne Butler, JoEllen Wilson, Rebecca Johnston, Joseph Smith, Marcie Smith, Shane Moore, Shane Burr, Lisa-Marie Haygood, Lynn Epps, and Francisco Lozano.

During the ceremony, several Rotarians also received honors and recognition. Lisa-Marie Haygood received the 2024 Col. Carlisle Cox Rotarian of the Year Award. She was also honored with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition which acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name to The Rotary Foundation. The Rotary Foundation’s mission is to help Rotary members advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving health, providing quality education, improving the environment, and alleviating poverty.

Rotary Club of Canton Changing of the Guard 2024 | Photo Credit: Jaye Grimes/Enjoy Cherokee Magazine

Rotarian of the Year Lisa-Marie Haygood also received the Paul Harris Fellow recognition.

Past District Governor Anton Zellman was named Rotary Club of Canton’s first Honorary Member Emeritus. Anton’s wife, Lois, was also named an honorary member of the club.

Rotary Club of Canton Changing of the Guard 2024 | Photo Credit: Jaye Grimes/Enjoy Cherokee Magazine

Past president and past District 6910 Governor Anton Zellman, pictured here with wife Lois, was named Rotary Club of Canton’s first Honorary Member Emeritus.

About Rotary Club of Canton

Established in 1937, the Rotary Club of Canton has been actively involved in community service for eighty-seven years. Going strong with over eighty members, the club exemplifies the Rotary International mission to “provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through our fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.” Most recently, the Rotary Club of Canton was recognized as Large Club of the Year at the 2024 Rotary District 6910 Conference. Learn more at therotaryclubofcantonga.org.

 

 

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