Thomas Gilbert was named the 101st President of the Rotary Club of Sacramento, to preside for 2013-2014 year. The Sacramento Rotary Club, with approximately 350 members, is one of the top 20 largest Rotary clubs in the world. Gilbert, a 25-year member of the club, was honored at a recent installation luncheon.
The luncheon was kicked off with the lively entrance of the “Green Visor Brigade,” a group consisting of the shareholders of Gilbert and 10 certified public accountants within the Club all donning the traditional green visor, while the Rotary Rooters band played “Hail to the Chief.” President-Elect Susan Sheridan and Past President Walter Dahl were on hand to help pass the torch, and Past President Peter Dannenfelser II presented Gilbert with his president’s pin. Member Jack Cornelius sang “O’Danny Boy,” modified significantly to be “Tommy Boy”- appropriate.
This year is a noteworthy one for the Club, as it celebrates its’ 100 year anniversary in February 2014. A large gala event celebrating the centennial is in the works for spring of 2014. This centennial event and the upcoming golf tournament, “Golf 4 Kids” are the primary fundraising events for the year. The funds raised at these events are directed to benefit youth through projects and programs at local schools and organizations.
“Every member has a pool of time, talent and treasure that they allocate to benefit the local and international community. Rotary allows us to pool what we have available to leverage and use it in an efficient, business-like manner to make a difference,” remarked Gilbert. “Every Rotary program moves us – the world – one step at a time closer to peace. We cannot do all the good the world needs, but we should do all we can.”