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CELEBRATING DECADES OF DEDICATION: HONORING LONGVIEW CLUB’S LONG-SERVING ROTARIANS

On the evening of December 1st, the Lower Columbia College Rose Center atrium was bathed in a warm, festive glow as the annual holiday party for the Longview Club unfolded. It was a special occasion, not just for the season but for a remarkable group of individuals who had devoted over 40 years of their lives to the service of the community. Nine out of the 13 members who had reached this incredible milestone were present, and they were about to be recognized and celebrated meaningfully.

As the evening began, the Club President, Mike Vorse, stood at the forefront, a symbol of leadership and dedication. To his right and left stood a lineup of individuals whose commitment to the Longview Club was nothing short of extraordinary. Reed Hadley, Pete Pickett, John Richards, Bob Chace, Jim Hennig, Mil Ofstun, Vince Penta, Jerry Rasmussen, and Pat Sari, each with their own unique stories of service, all joined together in this momentous occasion. Their collective years of service ranged from 40 to a remarkable 56 years, a testament to their unwavering devotion.

Bob Beal, the Membership Chair, stood proudly among them, representing the Club’s commitment to fostering a sense of community and belonging. However, not everyone could be present to share in this moment of recognition. Gary Kooiman, Bill Boehm, Ron Tienharra, and Jim Conrod, who had also dedicated decades to the Rotary Club’s mission, could not attend but were undoubtedly there in spirit.

The room was filled with applause, gratitude, and heartfelt congratulations as these long-serving, dedicated Rotarians were honored. Their selfless commitment to making the world a better place through their service was truly inspirational, reminding everyone in attendance of the power of community and the impact individuals can have when they come together for a common cause. This holiday party was not just a celebration of the season; it was a celebration of the enduring spirit of service that bound these remarkable individuals together.

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