Blackwelder, Gardner named new Rotary presidents

Published 12:01 am Thursday, July 14, 2022

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The six Rotary Clubs of Forsyth County announced the names of their new presidents who will lead their respective clubs starting with the new Rotary year on July 1.

Gene Blackwelder has been named the new president of the Rotary Club of Western Forsyth and Dr. Doug Gardner has been named the new president of the Clemmons Rotary Club.

The Winston-Salem Rotary Club is one of the oldest clubs in North Carolina and spurred the creation of the other clubs in Forsyth County.

The six clubs now have more than 500 active members who are working to make the community a better place to live through local projects such as supporting Flights of Honor for Veterans, providing school tutoring, Student of the Month programs, scholarships to colleges and summer
camps and support for school for backpack programs in addition to many other projects.

All of the local clubs are part of Rotary International which is a global network of 1.4 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem-solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change — across the globe, in our communities and in ourselves.

For more than 110 years, Rotary’s people of action have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to create projects to improve water quality, help children read better, build clinics, fight hunger in our communities and eradicate polio.