Catherine Carbone-Rogers’ Rotary Club Presidency has been launched![/caption] Last Friday (June 22), the Rotary Club of Des Moines installed its 55th President – Catherine Carbone-Rogers – in a way that the club is best known for – with fun and frivolity! First, members of the Rotary Club’s “Girls Hockey Team” (Janel Stoneback, Eleanor Bishop, Leslie Snure and Lisa Meinecke) dethroned Canadian-born President Mark Rusnak by shooing him off stage via hockey sticks. Upon which newly elected President Catherine Carbone-Rogers was gently placed in a boat in the pool of a fellow Rotarian with a crown on her head only to be entertained in a manner befitting of a queen by the RCDM Synchonized Male Swimmers.  The swimmers (Brian Snure, Steve Swank, Glenn Bishop, Dick Krattli and Jim Polhamus) executed a number of musical performances and then assisted Catherine to the stage, where she was royally roasted by Master of Ceremonies, Dan Johnson. The night’s festivities continued with the live musical talent of Uncle Ernie. “It was an evening enjoyed by all,” said an unnamed, smiling Rotarian. “Club members look forward to a great year of service projects and fundraisers – starting with the 3rd Annual Poverty Bay Blues & Brews, which benefits projects such as Highline Music4Life, then moving forward with projects such as providing dictionaries to 3rd grade students, the Des Moines Food Bank Backpack program and the Bio-sand H20 project.” The club meets each Wednesday at 12:00 pm at the Landmark on the Sound in Des Moines. For more information about the club, please visit their website at Here are more photos of the festivities courtesy Lisa Meinecke: ]]>