Rotary names officers

MERRIMACK – The Rotary Club of Merrimack installed new 2011-12 officers and directors at the annual “Changing of the Gavel Dinner” on June 30, at the O’Leary Adult Community Center in Merrimack.

The new officers are Peter Giacapuzzi, president; Paul Belfiore, past president; Steve Russell, president-elect; Andrew Steeves, vice president; Jane Hoover, secretary; and Pat McGrath, treasurer. The following Rotarians were named as directors who make up the Executive Committee to the club: Eric Winkler, Peter Flood, Lynn Christensen, Ralph Stevens, Mike Hoover and Ron Douville.

In addition to installing officers and directors, various awards were bestowed to Jane Hoover (Service Award); Ralph Stevens (President’s Award); Colleen Farley (Rotarian of the Year Award); Pete Giacapuzzi (Rotarian of the Year Award); former Chief of Police Mike Milligan (Paul Harris Fellowship Award); Tim Brand (Unsung Hero Award); and Bill Wilkes (John O’Leary Award).

“The Changing of the Gavel is a great time to thank our outgoing officers and directors, welcome our new slate, and recognize those Rotarians and citizens who have made a great difference in the Merrimack community throughout the past year,” Giacapuzzi said. “I look forward to working with the new officers and directors, in addition to the committee chairs that include Rob Moore (membership), Ralph Stevens (international services and Rotary Foundation), Maureen Mooney (public relations), Lynn Christensen (club runner), Ralph and Sylvia Stevens (fellowship), Troy Aarthum (programs), Dick Hinch (Sergeant of Arms), Fundraising (Steve Russell), Peter Flood (vocational services), Paul Belfiore (community services), and Mike Hoover (club services).”

The Rotary Club of Merrimack is a volunteer service organization supporting local communities with donations and scholarships. Merrimack Rotary projects have included Kids’ Kove, scholarships to graduating high school seniors, support for Merrimack Flood Relief, the Merrimack July 4th festivities, the Rotary 4 Way Speech Contest, the Interact Program, field lighting at Reeds Ferry Fields and many other projects.

For information about Merrimack Rotary membership please contact Rob Moore at or 603.321.3630 or check out our webpage at Become a fan of the Merrimack Rotary on Facebook.