Posted by Chuck Church on Aug 01, 2019
The Rotary Club of Antelope Valley held their first official event on July 31, 2019 at Gino’s Italian restaurant in Palmdale.  The meeting was a celebration of the merger of Antelope Valley Sunrise, Palmdale and Rosamond Clubs into the new Rotary Club of Antelope Valley as well as the Demotion Party for the 2018-2019 Clubs.  Gene Melchers hosted the evening as the Club’s new president for 2019-2020.  Several Rotarian dignitaries were in attendance to help celebrate the merger.  Past District Governors (PDG) Raghada Khoury and Randy Pote were in attendance as well as District Governor elect (DGE) Greg Jones and District Governor Nominee (DGN) Betsy Barry. 
Raghada Khoury installed the new 2019-2020 Officers and Randy Pote, Greg Jones and Betsy Barry did the ceremonial pinning.  The event was supported by President Robert Munden and members of the Lancaster West Rotary Club, President Barbara Sellon and members of the Lancaster Rotary Club and President Edward Abad and members of the Lancaster Sunrise Rotary Club.  Congratulations to all out-going and in-coming Officers.
A large gathering
A large gathering of Rotarians attended the Merger Party for the Rotary Club of Antelope Valley
Head Table: Charlene and Gene Melchers with Janice and Sam Garcia
David Maddock Receiving His Certificate for 25 Years of Dedicated Service
Gene Melchers Thanks Robert Ormsby (Bobby Oh) and His Young Musicians for the Evening's Entertainment
Sam Garcia Presents Tina Borzage with Her Certificate of Appreciation for Serving as Club Treasurer
Sam Garcia Presents Sharon Freeman with Her Certificate of Appreciation for Serving as Youth Coordinator
Sam Garcia Presents Chuck Church with His Certificate of Appreciation as Club Webmaster
Janice Garcia Presents Sam Garcia with His Plaque of Appreciation as Outgoing Club President
Tina Borzage and Sharon Freeman Receive Gifts as Treasurer and Secretary
Former AV Sunrise Rotary President Don Ryan Addresses the Audience
PDG Raghada Khoury Swears in the New Officers of the Rotary Club of Antelope Valley
Newly Installed Officers of the Rotary Club of Antelope Valley (From the Left: Sam Garcia,
Raghada Khoury (Installing Officer), Gene Melchers, Don Ryan, Tina Borzage and Sharon Freeman)
PDG Randy Pote Pins Club President Gene Melchers
DGE Greg Jones Pins President Elect Sam Garcia
DGN Betsy Barry Pins Treasurer Tina Borzage
PDG Raghada Khoury Pins Secretary Sharon Freeman
President Gene Melchers With DGE Greg Jones, DGN Betsy Barry, PDG Randy Pote and PDG Raghada Khoury