Sugar Land Rotary installs new officers

Jim Munnell is the club’s new president

Jim Munnell

On June 21, Sugar Land Rotary installed a new slate of officers for 2017-18 that includes Jim Munnell, president; Margie Connelly, president-elect; Rebecca Deurlein, vice president, Lerleen Hawkins, secretary; Raleigh Bailes Jr., treasurer; Sergeant-at-Arms Tabb Dye, and Rick Smith, past-president.

Munnell thanked all of the club members and especially Rick Smith who served as president the past year. Under Smith’s leadership, the club received an award as the No. 1 Medium-sized Club in District 5890.

“Rotary’s theme for this year is ‘Making a Difference’ and as your new president, I am honored and humbled to stand before you and accept the role of leadership of our fantastic club and to be leading this club as we celebrate 30 years of Women in Rotary,” said Munnell.

Others serving on the Rotary leadership team in 2017-19 include: Community service, Christine Harrigan; vocational service, Todd Breton; club service, Michelle Royster; international service, Ward Pendleton; youth service, Jay Harris; and director-membership, Darla Fanta.

Munnell joined Sugar Land Rotary in 2002 when Jeff Tallas was president and past-president David Shaw was his sponsor. Munnell served on the Sugar Land Rotary Foundation Board of Directors, on the Rotary Board, co-chaired the organization’s annual fundraiser – the Fall Classic, co-chaired the website committee, and served as president-elect before becoming the club’s new president.

He currently co-owns the BJM Associates, Inc (dba Blue Jungle Marketing), and Embroidecor in Stafford. Formerly, he owned an international consulting business, served as vice president of sales for a technology company, and spent 27 years in the Coca-Cola bottling business as a senior officer and equity partner in Philadelphia. Prior to his beverage career, he was in the hospitality industry with a major U.S. hotel chain.

Munnell is a graduate of Syracuse University and did his post graduate studies at Penn State University. He has been active in Junior Achievement, served as vice-chairman of the Camden County chapter of the American Red Cross, chairman of the Coca-Cola Bottlers’ Association, former management board member of Teamsters local 676. He has also coached youth soccer and baseball is an active Little League Baseball umpire. Memberships include the First Colony BNI, SGIA (Specialty Graphics and Imaging Association), Advertising Specialties Institute, PPAI, HPPA, Fort Bend Chamber of Commerce, Central Fort Bend Chamber Alliance.

He and his wife and business partner, Becky Munnell, reside in Sugar Land. They have two sons, Benjamin and Michael. Leisure time is spent boating, skiing, traveling, and spending time with family and friends.

Other special awards

At the recent installation ceremony, awards were given to those who were Rotarians of the Month for 2016-2017, as well as those who served on the Sugar Land Rotary Board of Directors.

Other awards presented included:

• The Rookie of the Year Award – Susan Barnes.

• Cornerstone Awards were presented to Rotarians Rebecca Deurlein, Ward Pendleton, Doerthe Gottschalk-Hofmaier.

• Sugar Land Rotarian of the Year, Stacy Croft.

Smith named Croft as the Rotarian of the Year (ROTY). The purpose of this award is to recognize an individual Rotarian who has demonstrated exemplary service to Sugar Land Rotary Club.

Sugar Land Rotary meets at Sweetwater Country Club on Wednesdays at noon. For more information, visit sugarlandrotary.org.

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