Vail Rotary Club names new president for 2016-17 |

Vail Rotary Club names new president for 2016-17

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VAIL — The Vail Rotary Club has announced that Steve Hatley is the new club president for 2016-17, following Regina O’Brien, whose term ended in June.

Hatley moved to the Vail Valley in 2011 from Cartersville, Georgia, where he was in business as a home builder and residential developer. Since coming to the valley, Hatley has started a new business, iTrip Vacations, which manages vacation rental homes in Vail and Beaver Creek.

Community involvement has always been an important part of Hatley’s life. In Georgia he was president of Habitat for Humanity and a board member of United Way and other organizations.

“I have always been interested in the service aspect of Rotary,” Hatley said. “When I visited the Vail Rotary Club I received a warm welcome, and I have learned a lot about the community from the members and from the weekly speakers.”

Vail Rotary Club has been supporting community service projects in the Vail Valley for 46 years. In 2015-2016 it awarded more than $50,000 in grants.

“To me the three key aspects of the Vail Rotary Club are fellowship, learning, and service,” Hatley said. “This year I will be looking for ways to involve our club more closely with Rotary International, which has many ways to help our club serve the community, such as matching grants. I hope we can make full use of these resources in order to increase our involvement in the community.”

Vail Rotary Club hosts the annual Rubber Duck Race fundraiser over Labor Day weekend on Gore Creek in Vail. This year’s event is Sept. 4. The club meets every Wednesday from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for breakfast and a speaker at Manor Vail Lodge. Guests are always welcome.

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