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Remm makes Rotary history

  • Hilary Remm made history this week, becoming the Benton Rotary Club's first female president.

    Hilary Remm made history this week, becoming the Benton Rotary Club's first female president.
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BY HOLLY KEE
hkee@localsouthernnews.com
Posted on 7/3/2019, 8:59 AM

The Benton Rotary Club made history this week.

The service club, founded in 1922, elected its first female president. Hilary Rea Remm will take the gavel for the 2019-2020 fiscal year.

She has served as the club's treasurer.

Remm said she is "truly honored" to be the club's first female president. "They've been missing out for 97 years without a female in that position," she said, grinning. "We (women) have so much to offer."

Remm is a fourth-generation Rotarian. Her great-grandfather, SCD Rea was a founding member of the club. Her father, Bob Rea, is also an active member.

She said she is "excited" to be part of what she considers a great club.

"Our momentum is really picking up," she said. "I feel like we have a strong stance in the community. We are needed. What we do makes a difference."

Along with "going all out" for the annual whiffle ball tournament, Remm says she wants the club to be more social. "I see us getting out in the community and making a strong presence. It's absolutely imperative for the community to see us out of that conference room."

The club meets in the conference room at Franklin Hospital in Benton.

Remm believes that building and showing a strong sense of community among club members will entice others to join.

Remm is a Benton native. A 2004 graduate of Benton Consolidated High School, she holds a bachelor in fine arts from Sarasota's Ringling College of Art and Design. In 2006 she attend the Paris American Academy in France, majoring in fashion and French culture.

Remm has been a practicing artist, exhibiting her work in southern Illinois and the St. Louis metro-east area. She was recently promoted to partner at SCD Rea and Sons Insurance, a fourth-generation family business.

She has devoted her energy to Rotary for the last several years, embodying the organization's "Service Above Self" motto. Along with local causes, Rotary also contributes to international causes such as the eradication of polio and clean water in various countries.