Rogue Gateway Rotary celebrates new Rotary year

Janie Duewel took control of the gavel this week as the new president of Rogue Gateway Rotary.

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Janie Duewel

July marks the start of a new Rotary year, and Duewel led the transition by thanking out-going President Laurel Merkel, who led the club to be named best medium-sized club in Rotary District 5110.

Duewel also announced the new board and outlined several projects scheduled for 2019-20.

In addition to Duewel, the Rogue Gateway Rotary Board officers are Dawn Welch, president elect; Frankie Craig, president nominee; Laurel Samson, treasurer; Steve Roe, secretary; and Laurel Merkel, past president. Other members are Lutz Kramer, Tommi Drake, Mike Bird, Win Howard, Greg Fishwick, Gina Marie Agosta, Kelly Moodie and Doug Walker.

Among the projects planned will be Porchfest 2020, a music festival that features local bands playing on front porches of homes in northwest Grants Pass. Rogue Gateway took on the popular community event for the first time this year and raised $25,000 that will benefit local programs for youth.

Rogue Gateway Rotary meets at noon Thursdays at the Wild River Pub in Grants Pass. More information is available atwww.facebook.com/RogueGatewayRotary.

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