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Emily Carlson became the new president of the Ceres Rotary Club at a recent gavel exchange.

She accepts the helm of the club from past-president Liz Bunch.

Carlson is a vice president and the branch manager of the Bank of the West in Ceres where she has been for eight years.

Emily joined Ceres Rotary in September, 2001. She said she chose to join Rotary because she felt that it would provide an opportunity to meet people as well as for the chance to work as a team to do good works in Ceres. She enjoys the fellowship of the club and working together for fun and service.

For several consecutive years Carlson has chaired the Ceres Rotary Club's Street Faire booth, and she has participated in most, if not all, of Ceres Rotary's projects and fundraisers.

Her vision for her year as president includes:

• Participation in hands-on activities in the community as well as continuing with the club's international projects;

• Organizing a 5K/10K fun run;

• Hosting a successful Free Family Movie Night to be held at the newly completed Rotary Grove within Smyrna Park on Wednesday, August 16.

When asked what her favorite Ceres Rotary project has been so far, Emily stated, "The one that touched me recently was the dictionary distribution. It was my first one and it was so neat to see the reaction of the kids and the enthusiasm of the school staff."

She told her fellow Rotarians that this year's theme of "Make Dreams Real" is "one that our club can live up to.

"We already have projects in place that most definitely do make dreams real and with some of our proposed projects for this year I think we will be impacting people's lives both here in our community and in other countries. I am looking forward to keeping busy and having fun."