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Lewiston Rotary Club Installs All Female Officers for the First Time on Wednesday

LEWISTON – July is new leadership month for Rotary clubs around the world, and for the first time in the Lewiston Rotary Club’s 100-year history, the Club will install all female officers.

On July 6, the Lewiston Rotary Club will install Barbara Craigie as club president and Shannon Grow as president-elect, and retain Helen LeBoeuf as Treasurer and Frankie Paffile as Secretary. Together these four women will direct the Lewiston Rotary Club for the next year.

“I’m excited to lead the Lewiston Rotary Club in this first, along with my distinguished, fellow women officers”, said president, Barbara Craigie. “This isn’t your Father’s Rotary Club anymore. With 40% of our members’ women, we appeal to everyone that is service-oriented and committed to supporting the people of the Lewis Clark Valley.”

On Wednesday, July 6 the women will take over leadership of the Lewiston Rotary Club with the passing of the gavel tradition at the noon luncheon at the Hellsgate Grand Hotel, expressing gratitude to outgoing President John Rusche for his leadership. Women have been active in Rotary since Rotary International voted to allow women to become members 43 years ago in 1989.

Move forward to 2020 when women made up about 277,000 of its members and roughly 23% of its membership. Another first, Rotary International just elected
its first female president, Jennifer E. Jones, whose term also starts in July.

President Barbara Craigie is a life coach and owner of FASTSIGNS, a sign and banner shop located in Lewiston. Barbara has been on the board of the Lewiston Rotary Club for many years and a member since 2012.

President-Elect Shannon Grow is the Director of the Lewis Clark (LC) Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization, an organization that is responsible for regional transportation planning for the LC Valley. Shannon has been a Lewiston Rotary Club board member for 4 years and has previously held the office of secretary.

Treasurer Helen LeBoeuf is retired from a successful business career in banking and small business development consulting and is a super volunteer, holding officer positions in the Lewiston Library Foundation, the Tsceminicum Club, the YWCA, and others. Helen has been a member of the Lewiston Rotary Club for 24 years and is also a Board member and a past president.

Secretary Frankie Paffile recently retired as the Systems General Manager from Sparklight, formerly Cable One, with over 30 years in the cable industry. Frankie is a longtime member and a past president of the Lewiston Rotary Club.

The Lewiston Rotary Club is celebrating its 100-year anniversary, culminating with a gala event in October 2022. A service organization that is open to everyone, the Lewiston Rotary Club’s philanthropic efforts include providing scholarships for LCSC students, sponsoring the Lewiston Rotary Bike Rodeo, and funding support for the Snake River Community Clinic, the Idaho Foodbank and the Salvation Army among others.

The Lewiston Rotary Club meets weekly on Wednesdays at noon for lunch at the Hells Canyon Grand Hotel, located at 621 21st St, Lewiston. To learn more go to