New Cassville Rotary Club President Justin Gates receives the gavel from outgoing President Eugene Dilbeck, as he was sworn in on July 1. Gates will be the club's president until end of June 2017, and in his position, will oversee fundraisers and service projects. Gates works at Commerce Bank as a business banking relationship manager, and has been involved with the club and its community projects for seven years. Gates said his goal is to help the community when it is in need, and he felt it was time to step up and be a leader. A new club president is appointed every year. The local club is part of Rotary International, and its main goal is to eradicate polio throughout the world. Locally, the group has several fundraisers throughout the year including the Rotary Rodeo, the Demolition Derby and the Bull Buckout, and spearheads several programs through the schools that meet the needs of local children, some of which include giving a dictionary to every third-grader in the county, the Don't Meth With Us program focused on area fifth-graders that discusses bad choices with meth, and the Choices program which targets eighth-graders concerning the importance of their choices throughout high school and encouraging them to graduate. Jim Craig/Cassville Democrat
New Cassville Rotary Club President Justin Gates receives the gavel from outgoing President Eugene Dilbeck, as he was sworn in on July 1.