Angela Prather was installed Tuesday as the new president of the Rotary Club of Del Rio.
Prather, who works as the director of marketing and public relations at Val Verde Regional Medical Center, was installed as part of a slate of 2019-2020 Rotary officers and directors.
Also installed were Anna Treviño, president elect; Fred Bowers, secretary; Rita Daniels, treasurer; and Chris Ryan, sergeant-at-arms.
The following directors were also installed: Hatali Garza, Kathy Knoll, David Ortiz, Gloria Wilson, Dr. Emile Abbott, Cynthia de Luna, Patricia Bowers and Fred Bowers. Wilson also serves as the Rotary International District 5840 Assistant Governor, and De Luna is the Rotary Club of Del Rio’s immediate past president. The club’s installation banquet was held in the ballroom at The Ramada Inn of Del Rio.
De Luna opened the event, welcoming club members and their guests, and Maj. Gen. Gerald L. Prather (ret.) gave the invocation and led the club members in reciting the pledge of allegiance and the traditional singing of “God Bless America.”
De Luna recapped the work club members have accomplished over the past year.
She reviewed Rotary International’s theme of “Be The Inspiration” and said her work was inspired by her parents, Gloria and Luis de Anda, her husband Art de Luna and other family members.
De Luna also presented service awards to Rotarians Chris Ryan, Rita Daniels and Kathy Knoll. She awarded the Rotarian of the Year Award to Rey Sanchez.
Prather, following her installation by 2013-2014 Rotary International District 5840 Governor Jerry Hardy of San Antonio, focused on this year’s Rotary International theme, “Rotary Connects the World.”
Prather said she was humbled to serve as the club’s president and praised the Rotarians for “laying the groundwork to strengthen our legacy.”
“Our Rotary International President Mark Maloney has challenged Rotary to turn our wheel and facilitate change within our clubs and around the world. Through compassion, communication and realizing times are a changing, we are encouraged to change the old way of business and start instilling Rotary into our youth, through Rotary Youth Leadership Awards and Rotaract clubs in the schools, teaching Rotary values starting from our youth and up,” Prather said.
She said Rotary’s increasing flexibility and “listening to all” will serve to welcome young professionals to become part of the Rotary team.
“An example: We went to the Ciudad Acuña club meeting last night. They just opened a second club. The original Rotary club of Acuña is all men, but they worked with their community to develop this second club that is made up of men and women. Wow; what an honor to be at this event and see Rotary of Acuna turn their wheel and open their minds and expand their reach to serve even more of their community,” Prather said.
She noted there are Rotary clubs in Acuña, Piedras Negras, Eagle Pass, Uvalde, Boerne and Hondo.
“We have great resources, and if we work together, look how far we can reach. People need bathrooms and running water at schools, so the young females can participate in the education process. Provide supplies to the needy children locally and across our borders. Children need vaccinations, the list goes on. With the collaboration of ourselves and the other clubs, we can make a difference, to our communities and abroad. Service above self, that is what it is about,” she said.