Posted by Oliver Bayer on Jun 25, 2018
Bonn, 25th June 2018.
After a successful Rotarian year the annual handing-over of office of the Rotary Club Bonn International took place at the LVR LandesMuseum.
President Keith Castelino passed his chain of office  and regalia to President-Elect, Francesco Belfiori.
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Epic moment: President Keith Castelino handing over his office to Francesco Belfiori.
The Club has come a long way from being an idea.
The „change of guard“ of the Rotary Club Bonn International (RCBI) was largely attended by its members. Also many Rotarian and non-Rotarian guests were present at this festive event. After dinner, the outgoing President presented the milestones of his tenure and the development of the Club, before handing over the office to incoming RCBI President Francesco Belfiori who held a celebratory speech.
The incoming President gratefully accepted the insignia of the new office, thanked everybody and gave a short outlook on the upcoming tasks.
All the other club offices rotated as well. Sangita Popat and Jayne Marquard will share the responsibility as Secretary. Luca Brusa was named Treasurer. Dr. Colin Dürkop and Ulrich Kresin are taking over Club Services. Service Projects will be led by Florian Hofer and Alain Patrick Medenou will lead the Membership Committee. Ex-President Keith Castelino takes over IT & Media for the upcoming legislature.
During the last year the Club has participated in international and local activities. “In 2017/18 the RCBI was committed to the RI President's Tree planting challenge, coordinating and planting 875 trees in the Bonn Waldau as well as supporting  Rotary’s ‘End Polio Now’ campaign.
However, RCBI kept it simple and maintained its engagement with a hands on approach, conducting projects in local communities”, says Keith Castelino.
Incoming President, Francesco Belfiori, was moved by the handing-over of the chain of service and the bell. He felt a “mixture of honor and responsibility” and is looking forward to lead the Club in his tenure.
"We will immediately start with a key activity that will illustrate one of the main topics of this year: the support of Kids Camp. This project aims to provide under-privileged kids with the possibility of having a holiday-camping week in July. We, as RCBI, act as both sponsor of the initiative and as local supporters for the daily operations at the camp.
The focus on the new generations and the involvement of the Club in activities that leave a positive footprint in the community are just two of the guidelines that I would like to follow during the year", says Francesco Belfiori
The young Club flourishes: in the course of the past year seven new members were inducted.  At this point RCBI is composed of 37 Rotarians – 16 women and 21 men from 14 different nations. The average member age is 46 years old.
RCBI is set on further growth.
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Assistant Governor Dietrich Freyberger was present to offer his 
congratulations to the incoming President Francesco Belfiori.