Rotary: July 16 Program, New Member Induction

Skip King, right, pins new Rotarian Pete Carson as Steve Ciddio, Karen Easton, and new Rotarian Lesley Harelson, center, look on. Harelson is sponsored for membership by Karen Easton; Pete Carson is sponsored by Larry Maassen, with Skip King, membership chairman, filling in. Photo by Linda Hull
At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, Heather McClenahan, former Executive Director of the Los Alamos Historical Society, described the accomplishments enjoyed and challenges faced during the eight years she and the Society’s team of volunteers, Board members, and staff worked together.  Included among the accomplishments were tripling the staff and significantly expanding the budget and volunteer program; acquiring the Hans Bethe house and installing a Cold War exhibit there; publishing award-winning books; becoming a nationally and internationally recognized organization; remodeling the guest cottage and musuem; acquiring the Oppenheimer house through the generosity of Helene and Jerry Suydam; and being involved in the establishment of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park (MPNHP). Many challenges involve the new MPHNP, the 409th park in the National Park Service system, because it includes non-contiguous sites (Hanford, Oak Ridge). Funding is always a challenge. — Beginning in the fall, McClenahan and her husband, Bob, will travel extensively for the next three years. Photo by Linda Hull