Beverly Soltwedel was installed as president of the Effingham Noon Rotary Club for 2019-2020.

It's her second stint as club president, having also served during the 2002-2003 Rotary year.

Mike Kirchhoff was installed as President-Elect. The 2019-2020 Rotary Board was also installed.

Soltwedel reflected on the services provided by the Noon Club, including Meals on Wheels deliveries, providing dictionaries to third grade students throughout Effingham County, and a recent planting of trees at Harmony Playground. The club also provides two $1,000 scholarships annually to graduating seniors from St. Anthony and Effingham high schools, recognizes individuals with a Vocational Excellence Award, holds a Rural-Urban Luncheon and New Teachers Luncheon, honors scholar-athletes with an annual luncheon and promotes scholastic excellence with the annual Society for Academic Achievement banquet.

Soltwedel said, "This club does great things."

The club is entering a special year in that 2020 will mark the Noon Club's 100th anniversary. A series of special events are in the works to promote the milestone.

This year's Rotary theme, locally and globally, is "Rotary Connects the World."

The Rotary weekly guest speaker was Newlin Martin, retired owner-operator of Martin's IGA Plus. Martin shared the history of the grocery business from his perspective and discussed the store's history from when Martin's father, Clyde, leased a butcher shop from the A&P grocery store in downtown Effingham. Martin's IG Plus eventually became the world's largest volume IGA store.

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