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Superior Court Judge Bonnie Oliver, third from right, accepts the gavel as she begins her term as president of the Rotary Club of Gainesville. Pictured with Oliver are, from left, Larry Miller, Oliver’s father-in-law; Pete Nesbitt; Dr. Martha Nesbitt, outgoing club president; and Oliver’s husband and daughter, Andy Miller and Grace Miller.

The Rotary Club of Gainesville celebrated its annual “changing of the guard” June 25, as Bonnie Oliver, Superior Court judge, assumed the club’s presidency for 2012-2013.

Dr. Martha Nesbitt, retired president of Gainesville State College, is the club’s outgoing president. Under her leadership, the Rotary Club of Gainesville was named the district’s Club of the Year in its membership category for the second year in a row.

In the past year, the club engaged in many service projects, including continuance of building wheelchair ramps for community members and various support initiatives for area schools, such as book donations and high school Interact clubs.

Other officers for the coming year are Tony Herdener, vice president, Systems & Finance and CFO of Northeast Georgia Health System, president-elect; Doug Langman, owner of the TRS Staffing franchise in Gainesville, secretary; and Jeanne Hanlin, operations manager of Watkins Chiropractic, treasurer.

Other members assuming and continuing leadership positions are Kevin Wetzel, membership director; Andy Leavitt, public relations director; Mary Watkins, director of service projects; Lee Highsmith, director of The Rotary Foundation; Mike Giles, director for club administration; and Will Schofield, director of the New Generations initiative.

Burton Brown will begin service as sergeant-at-arms and Rick Boyd will continue as board adviser.

Margie Eddy-Forbes is the new Rotary district governor and Rick Boyd will continue his role as assistant district governor.

The Rotary Club of Gainesville, founded in 1923, has more than 200 members and is a part of Rotary International.

The club meets at 12:30 p.m. Mondays in the banquet hall at First Baptist Church on Green Street. For information, visit