McQuillar named president for 2020-21
By Jeff Harrison
Midwest City Beacon
The Midwest City Rotary Club last week welcomed new officers and recognized outstanding members during its meeting at Wickline United Methodist Church.
James “Chili” McQuillar was inducted as the president, replacing Adam Bush who served the past year. McQuillar announced that the club’s theme for 2020-21 will be “unity and diversity.” He acknowledged that the group already demonstrates those values but challenged members to strive for more.
“I looked around our club and Midwest City and came to very glaring fact that our club is already diverse,” McQuillar said. “Our club is already diverse in thought and in everything we do out there. What I ask you, is to continue that path of uniting one another and continue to reach out to those who are less fortunate than us. And to continue to challenge one another that do not look like us or think like us. We are already doing great things in the community, but we can all do better.”
McQuillar introduced the officers for this year. They include Austin Fisher (president elect), Shane Willard (vice president), Melissa Barney (secretary), Adam Bush (immediate past president), Randy Smith (treasurer) and Delano Barney (sergeant at arms).
Bush thanked the Rotary Club for allowing him to serve as president the past year. He said they had several challenges during the past year with COVID-19. The club’
s last regular meeting was March 9. They switched to virtual meetings for a couple of months before resuming regular meetings last month. All meetings are also shown virtually.
“We had many trials and tribulations just like any group, but it was with the help and advice of these people (officers) that we got a lot done and made some really good decisions,” he said.
Bush presented pins to the past officers and members with perfect attendance over the past year. The group included Dr. Frank Barnett who was recognized for perfect attendance for 50 years.
Bush also presented a pair of individual awards.
Shari Lopp was given with the “Rising Star Award” which is given to an outstanding new member. Bush said Lopp was involved in several things, including the Shrimp Boil helping with donations and contributions for the live auction.
“It was pretty easy for me to select Shari Lopp as our “Rising Star,”” Bush said.
Sally Newey was named the “Rotarian of the Year.” Bush said she has done an incredible amount of work behind the scenes while still helping with many programs.
“I cannot express in the time allotted how appreciative I have been of Sally (Newey),” Bush said.
The group recognized Bush for his service during what turned out to be a difficult year.