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Rotary International president stops in Marble Falls

Rotary members at veterans memorial in Marble Falls

Visiting the Rotary Veterans and First Responders Memorial in Johnson Park in Marble Falls on Aug. 3 were Marble Falls Rotary members Steve Hurst (left) and Russel Sander, club President Tammy Hefner, Rotary International President-elect Stephanie Urchick, and local members Kim Kankel, Fay Crider, and Ellison Crider. Courtesy photo

Rotary International President-elect Stephanie Urchick was given a full tour of Marble Falls on a recent visit with local Rotary members. It began with breakfast at the iconic Blue Bonnet Cafe

Urchick is a member of the Rotary Club of McMurray, Pennsylvania. She will be Rotary International president from 2024-25, only the second woman to serve in that capacity.

In anticipation of the big day, the Marble Falls City Council declared Aug. 3 Rotary International President-Elect Stephanie Urchick Day. According to the proclamation, Rotary International, which was founded in 1905, is the world’s first, and one of the largest, nonprofit organizations. Over 1.4 million Rotary members serve in more than 46,000 clubs across 200 countries and geographic areas. 

During her visit, Urchick saw the full range of how Marble Falls Rotary members serve their community. She stopped at The Falls on the Colorado Museum and sat on a bench the club donated and walked into a $45,000 freezer given to The Helping Center of Marble Falls food pantry. 

Despite the heat, Urchick stepped out of the freezer and into a Texas August day in Johnson Park, where she viewed the Rotary Veterans and First Responders Memorial. The local group holds several commemorative ceremonies a year at the memorial, including events for 9/11 and Memorial Day.