A Bit of History - Demotion Dinner Ceremony!

It is a Rotary tradition that on the last Monday of June our club conducts a Demotion Ceremony to transition the President to the new rank of Past President.  The gavel is officially handed over, always extending the holding end, to the successor and new President, who by now should be looking for their Bell! 

 
This evening provides special time to acknowledge the accomplishments of Leadership greatness and notably honor the individual accomplishment of members.  The surprise of the evening is the unveiling of the President-Elect! 
 
Over the years there have been many great themes, awesome costumes, and many delicious dinners.  Friendships and spirits are combined to complete this fabulous evening of stories and laughter that fill the room. By now, the bell is already gallivanting about!
2021-2022 
Handle first, the Gavel is Presented from Robert Globus to President Jan LeRoy
Great Scott!  It's a good feeling to be celebrate the passing of the Gavel and Bell at the Demotion Ceremony.  In a Back to the Future ceremony, Rob becomes the Past President with one motion of handing the gavel and bell to our new President Jan LeRoy.
 
Both Rob and John were roasted for their Presidential years.  It appears some things are back to normal. 
2020-2021 
One Year Later, Utilizing a Time Machine - Nobody Calls Me Chicken!
BACK TO THE FUTURE, time travel to unite 2020, and 2021 presidents, Doc Brown and Buffalo Bill.
At the Demotion Dinner of Rotary Club of Walnut Grove, we honored two outgoing president.  Rob Globus and because the president of 2020, John Stutz, missed his demotion ritual due to COVID lock down, we had to resort to Time Travel. We thank you all the presidents. You are all great and do a great deal for the community.
2020-2021 
The Gavel is Accepted from John Stutz to Current President Robert Globus
The year is 2020.  An unprecedented year!  Our Demotion Ceremony was cancelled due to cv19.  An informal Demotion Ceremony was conducted in the Station 96 Service Drive with masked members  - 6ft apart. I've heard the Bell is obeying the stay-at-home order!  Congratulations to Rob and his vision for the next year! 

2019-2020

The Gavel is Handed off from Larry Gorham to Successor, President John Stutz

At the end of the three hour tour and unlike the show, Captain Larry returns as the Past President.  His little buddy, John Stutz, has accepted the gavel and poof, the Bell was gone!
2018-2019
Outgoing Madam President, Emily Pappalardo, Hands Over the Gavel to President Larry Gorham
In a ceremony fit for Rotary Royalty, new President, Larry Gorham is out of this world as he accepts the gavel from Emily Pappalardo.  Larry spent the year with the bell chained to his belt!
2017-2018
Tim Cook Presents the Gavel and Hands it Over to the New President Emily Pappalardo
When President Emily took a hold of the gavel, little did anyone know she would be the first in Rotary International history to have a gorgeous baby boy during her Presidency term.
2016-2017
The Gavel is Ceremoniously Handed Off to New President Tim Cook
Boys Scout, Eagle Scout, and all around nice guy Tim Cook becomes President knowing all the ribbing his fellow Rotarians will be in good fun.  He managed to keep control and by the end he of his Presidency, Tim was canoeing on down the river.