HARTSVILLE, S.C. – The Hartsville Rotary Club named Von Cranford its Rotarian of the Year.

The honor was announced at the club's annual banquet on June 25 at Lawton Park. A new president and board of directors were installed. And several awards were presented besides Cranford's.

“Selecting one member is a challenge as I have been fortunate to work with a supportive board of directors, and we accomplished a lot this year,” outgoing President Jenifer Blair said.

“I’ve chosen to recognize a member who has extended the hand of Rotary to the younger generation and engaged them in service at their school, with our club, and in the greater Hartsville community.”

Cranford, Rotarian and adviser to the R2I Club at Hartsville High School, is an assistant principal at HHS.

“From campus cleanups, to blessing box assemblies, ‘we care’ packages to cafeteria and custodial workers, fundraisers and Happy Feet volunteers, Hartsville High School’s R2I club is visible and active in our community.,” Blair said. “We need to continue to partner with these young people. We all know the earlier we can introduce young people to the idea of Service Above Self, the more likely they are to give back to others and hopefully join Rotary.”

The Service Above Self award was presented to Lucy Brown for her work as chair of the club’s inaugural Happy Feet project in which the club provided new shoes for 23 schoolchildren.

Charles Saverance was installed as the 2019-20 club president by Jammie McDonald, District 7770 assistant governor.

McDonald said there is a lot of energy in this club. She said it is a club that makes a difference.

“Choose to be the best and make a difference in Rotary,” she said. “Charles is seasoned; commit to being his support system. It takes everybody.”

The new theme for the coming year is “Rotary Connects the World.”

Saverance said the board has exciting plans for 2019-20 that will be unveiled at the July 9 meeting at the Hartsville Country Club.

Saverance said he is committed to making Rotary fun. He said one of his passions in Rotary is the Cart Fund for Alzheimer’s. He challenged every member to let the first thing they do when they come to a meeting be to drop all their spare change into the Cart Fund bucket.

Sixteen members were recognized for perfect attendance.

Gregg Newman presented a Paul Harris Fellow award to Hannah Stanley McCain. Paul Harris Fellow status is reached by giving a $1,000 or more to the Rotary Foundation.

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