Rotary Club announces Rotarian of the Year, leadership transition

JACKSON, Wyo. – Rotary Lunch Club of Jackson Hole has plenty of news to share as the organization announced its Rotarian of the Year and new club president at a meeting Tuesday.

Stuart Palmer was honored as Rotarian of the Year at the club’s Tuesday lunch program. Palmer has been a Rotary member for 30 years. He’s served the local community and has been instrumental in projects, internationally.

Palmer has served Rotary as president, District 5440 chairman of world community service, assistant governor and district conference chair.

During the past recent year, Palmer completed his 10th year on the club’s board of directors as chair of International and Rotary Foundation committees. He assisted in raising over $8,000 for the annual fund and $2,000 for polio.

Melissa Turley gives acceptance speech as Rotary Club of JH new president. Photo: Rotary Club of JH

As a fundraiser, Palmer has been active in raising funds—most recently to provide water filters, remodeled school bathrooms, a kitchen dishwashing area for schools in Grahamstown, South Africa. Without access to clean water, these schools would not be able to operate.

“Stuart embodies a Rotarian that serves not only his community but also international ones where service projects are often life-changing,” said past president John Goettler. “Our club has benefited greatly from his leadership, friendship and ideas over the last 30 years. We know he will continue to make a positive change in lives locally and the world over.”

Speaking of the club’s president, Goettler turned over leadership of the Rotary Club to incoming president Melissa Turley. Turley will lead the local Rotary Lunch Club until summer 2021.

“We are beyond thankful to John Goettler for his leadership during an extraordinary year,” Turley said. “John guided us through a change in how we meet from in-person to online and was instrumental in keeping our club involved and together during this time.”

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