Amherstburg Rotary Club introduces Lena Lazanja as new president

By Joel Charron

In a meeting held last Wednesday evening, the Amhersburg Rotary Club introduced Lena Lazanja as their new president.

Lazanja, has been an Amherstburg resident for over five years and has been a member of the Amherstburg Rotary Club for the past two years.

Lazanja has been an Ontario certified English teacher for nine years and is currently completing her doctoral research and dissertation for her PhD in Education, which will be completed by Christmas. Lazanja also occasionally lectures at the University of Windsor if/when she is needed.

The married, mother of two sits on the Board of Directors for the House of Shalom and also the Amherstburg Minor Soccer Association Board.

She is also one of the driving forces behind Rotary Club’s Pumpkinville event in the fall.

Lazanja admits, when she first heard about the Rotary Club she didn’t truly understand their purpose. It wasn’t until she joined the organization that she realized the good Rotary Club spreads.

“Rotary International humanitarian efforts and achievements deeply impressed me,” said Lazanja. “Joining Rotary finally gave me the opportunity to become an agent of change. I finally found a group I could belong to.”

Lazanja was presented the Rotary Club’s gavels by out going president Bill Wark.

“I wish all the best during your term as Rotary president and look forward to following your direction over the next year,” said Wark.

During Lazanja’s speech, the newly appointed president set a challenge for all Amherstburg Rotarians.

“I challenge each of you to go a step further and not only reach with in to embrace humanity but reach out to one another to embrace change,” she said.

Lazanja also mentioned that although she is ready for the presidency, she understands she will have to rely on her fellow Rotarian from advice and guidance. With index cards placed in front of all Rotary members, Lazanja asked everyone to write advice or ideas on the index cards and submit them.

“I am truly honoured to be a member of Rotary International and feel privileged to serve as your president,” said Lazanja. “Thanks for allowing one person the opportunity to belong. I look forward to our year of change together.”

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