Rotary presents awards, installs officers
The Rotary Club of Harrisonville celebrated its accomplishments for the year, presented awards and installed new officers during the annual Installation and Awards Dinner on June 22.
The club’s president, Shauna Stephenson, presented three major awards during the event.
Stephenson presented Ed Bylina, of Sonic, with the club’s Service Above Self Award for 2017. The award is presented annually to a community member who exemplifies Rotary’s commitment to service in the community. Bylina was recognized for his continuous efforts to support community activities and program, and has donated items to the Rotary’s Burnt District Festival booth, the Casco picnic and Senior Day of Service lunch.
The Rotarian of the Year Award is presented annually to a club member who embodies and demonstrates the ideals of Rotary. For 2017, the honoree was Lynn Laffoon. Laffoon was recognized for her efforts to support Trunk-or-Treat and the Christmas dinner/fundraiser, as well as her exemplary attendance and positivity.
Stephenson selected Rotarian Jesica Junge for the President’s Award. Junge was honored for the contributions to the club’s service projects including running the Rotary ice cream booth at the city’s 4th of July, serving as the club’s incoming youth exchange counselor, playing an active part in the Trunk-or-Treat, and coordinating the club’s adopt-a-family participation.
Stephenson also presented Paul Harris Fellows. A Paul Harris Fellow is a recognition given to donors who give $1,000 to the Rotary Fund, PolioPlus or an approved Rotary Foundation program. Fourteen Paul Harris fellows were recognized at the event including Tabatha Simpson, Bing Schimmelpfenning, Phil Gebauer, Brent Probasco, Chuck Hotchkiss, Dan Erholtz, Haley Wylde, Jeffrey Weber, Jesica Junge, Judy Bowman, Kevin Shelton, Larry Pfautsch, Lori Watson and Jason Winter.
Rotary District Governor David Bixler attended the event to induct the 2017-18 officers. The officers include Bing Schimmelpfenning, president; Lori Watson, secretary; Jesica Junge, treasurer; Phil Gebauer, sergeant-at-arms; Shauna Stephenson, past president; Chris Deal, president-elect; and Cindy Greenwell and Larry Pfautsch, directors.
Harrisonville officials participate in cybersecurity workshop
Officials from the city of Harrisonville recently participated in a regional conference, Improving Cybersecurity Workshop and Cyber Mutual Assistance Orientation. The conference was held by the Missouri Public Utility Alliance.
Harrisonville staff who attended the June 9 workshop in Columbia were among 42 representatives attending from 24 Alliance-member cities and utilities. The workshop was one of 14 regional cybersecurity workshops nationwide, sponsored by the American Public Power Association and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Participants in the workshop joined in exercises and discussions to strengthen security of utility computer systems and critical infrastructure. Information was shared to help participants evaluate cyber threats and response measures, and discuss cyber resiliency and physical solutions, including advanced controls.
The second part of the workshop was an orientation to a Cyber Mutual Assistance program created by Homeland Security’s Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council. Mutual assistance, used by utilities to recover more quickly from natural disasters, can also be used to address cyber threats for utilities of all sizes.
First Church of Peculiar makes donation to Honor Flight
The First Church of Peculiar recently made a donation to the Honor Flight Network of Kansas City (HFNKC).
HFNKC pays for flights to Washington, D.C. for WWII, Korean and Vietnam War Veterans to visit their memorials.