The Blue Springs Rotary Club held their annual "Changing of the Guard" banquet on Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at the Country Club of Blue Springs, MO.  This annual banquet celebrates the accomplishments of the 2013-14 Rotary year under outgoing President Jim Finley, and to install the new president, board of directors, and to name the Rotarian of the Year recipient.  Paul Harris Fellow recognition will be a future program.

Prior to the new officer installation, President Jim presented contributions to the chosen charities that the Blue Springs Rotary Club has chosen to support this year. During the evening, over $9,500 was given back to the community through these charities.

Past District Governor Kenny Harris had the honor of installing Mary Anne and her Board of Directors for the 2014-15 Rotary year.  Outgoing club President Jim Finley then presented the honored "Rotary Gavel" to incoming President Mary Anne.  In her acceptance talk, she spoke of the 2014-15 Rotary Theme "Light Up Rotary" and how it fits with her vocation as Executive Director of Hope House.

A large number of Rotarians and guests were present to thank outgoing President Jim for an outstanding year of accomplishments, and to wish Mary Anne, and her board, the best of luck and to pledge their support for the incoming Rotary year.  Mary Anne's family, husband Graham and daughter Chloe, were present to watch her take the gavel and embark on another great year of service.