Bussa becomes Rotary president

Wayne Allen | Daily Times Rotary Club President is pictured addressing the group.

Wayne Allen | Daily Times Rebecca Bennett, past president of Rotary is seen pinning incoming president James Bussa.

By Wayne Allen

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The Rotary Club of Portsmouth held an installation of its new president earlier this week. James Bussa became president of the organization, while setting out his vision for the coming year.

Bussa was installed as president of the organization as Rebecca Bennett left office after a year of service.

“I really appreciate this past year and all of the support I’ve gotten from board members and various others. It’s been an interesting and a whirlwind year,” Bennett said. “We’ve been very fortunate this year, for everything, everyone has done. We’ve had lots of our members, who filled positions and vacancies.”

Bennett said the club saw a growth in membership. She said the club almost finished the replacement of city entrance signs to Portsmouth.

The club has been working for some time on designs and implementation of new city entrance signs. There are three entrance signs that have faded. The pillars for the new signs have been in place for a while. Soon other elements of the signs will be put in place.

“I appreciate so much the faith everyone has put in me over the last year,” Bennett said.

As a part of the meeting, Daily Times Publisher Hope Comer was inducted as a new member of the club.

“It’s my pleasure to be here and have the opportunity to serve again. I’m ecstatic to be here I think we’re going to do great things his year,” Bussa said. “I had a choice when I retired from the Air Force to Portsmouth. Through all of the laughs and the questions, why are you retiring there. The boss, my wife, decided coming back to the states after 20 years in Japan was the right answer.”

Bussa said when he first retired he became an insurance agent, with the Sean Boldman Insurance Agency.

“We’ve had a lot of conversations, but the one that sticks out the most is a conversation over lunch one day. He asked me now that I was here (Portsmouth), you have a choice, what are you going to do with it,” Bussa said. “It took me about a week to answer that. I had formulated this grand answer to give to Sean and the answer was simple, I want to serve the community. I not only wanted to make it (community) better for me and for us (family).”

Bussa went on to say, “I don’t want to check out of life without making a difference, or to say I gave it my best shot.”

Bussa explained a week after he gave Boldman that response he was inducted as a member of the Rotary Club of Portsmouth.

For more information about the ongoing activities of the club visit, www.portsmouthohiorotary.org.

Wayne Allen can be reached at 740-353-3101, ext. 1933 or on Twitter @WayneallenPDT

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