Jane Monhart of Union has taken over from Rockport resident Tony Bates as president of the Camden Rotary Club.

During the club’s recent annual meeting at the Samoset Resort, club members recalled a fruitful year that included service projects as well as the distribution of some $54,000 in grants and scholarships during the past year.

Monhart worked for the U.S. Department of Energy as deputy site manager of the Brookhaven National Laboratory in New York and site manager of the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Illinois. She also served on the staff of the Secretary of Energy in Washington, D.C. where she oversaw the implementation of a new contracting strategy for the management and operation of DOE’s major facilities. She has served on the Boards of the Washington Chapter of the National Contract Management Association and the Argonne Credit Union in Illinois.

Now retired, Monhart serves on the Camden Conference Board of in addition to her involvement with Rotary.

Having joined the Camden Rotary Club in 2007, Monhart said she is eager to help move the club forward with its Youth Are the Future initiatives and other charitable work.

“The Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self’ reflects a value I strongly hold,” commented Monhart. “I look forward to serving our community in my new position as we continue to support our youth and those in need.”

A highlight of the annual meeting was the presentation of Paul Harris service awards — named for the founder of Rotary International and given in recognition of outstanding service — to four club members. Willard Wight received his second Paul Harris Award in recognition of his generous contributions to the Rotary Foundation. Bill Taylor, who also received his second award, was commended for his unwavering service to the community. First-time recipients were Don Morrison of Camden and Ken Mitchell of Belfast.