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Out going Rotary president, Mario Canizares, pins incoming president, Terry Laughlin

The Coppell Rotary Club recently installed its 2015-2106 directors and officers at the club’s annual installation meeting and dinner.  The outgoing president, Mario Canizares, welcomed the club members, thanking them for their service throughout his tenure.  “We have many accomplishments to celebrate during the past 12 months,” Canizares said.  “The installation of the flag and flag pole in Old Town Coppell; the delivery of more than 1,000 American flags at Coppell residences and businesses for six major holidays; financial assistance to allow four Coppell high school-age teens to attend the Rotary leadership program Camp RYLA; the awarding of four $1,000 scholarships to graduating Coppell seniors; and the donation of money to help the recent flood victims at Wellington apartments, are just some of the accomplishments that we have made. This is in addition to our phenomenal fellowship- time and winning the first place float award in the city’s annual Christmas parade, all of which have made this Rotary Club known to the people of our city,” said Canizares. 

 Incoming Rotarian President, Terry Laughlin thanked the club members for “the trust the membership has bestowed upon me to lead our Coppell Rotary Club for the next twelve months.”  Laughlin talked about his future plans for the club and then installed the remaining directors and officers:  Vicki Chiavetta, President Elect/Club Administration Director; Mario Canizares, Immediate Past President; Gary Cravens, Secretary; Karen Hunt, Treasurer; Don Carter, Sergeant-at-Arms; Cliff Long, Membership Director; Gayle Westapher, Public Relations Director; Rob Raroque, Club Service Projects Director; John Hill; Rotary Foundation Director; and Balki Chamkura, Fund Raising Director.

Certificates of perfect attendance for the one year period were awarded to:  Mario Canizares, Don Carter, Maureen Corcoran, Hans Deitrich, Mike Fox, John Hill, Terry Laughlin, John Moore, Rob Raroque, George Ritcheske, Dr. Bill Stearman, Janell Straach and Gayle Westapher. 

Chartered in 1983, the Coppell Rotary Club is a member of Rotary International, the world’s largest and oldest service organization.  For more information on the Club or to secure a flag from the flag lease program, visit the website at

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