The Victor-Farmington Rotary Club will have a new president July 1 when Bonnie Cottone, of Victor, replaces current President Jim Crane.

Cottone, a Rochester native, attended St. Agnes High School, Rochester Institute of Technology, Monroe Community College and Rochester Business Institute. She was formerly employed by the Eastman Kodak Company and Strong Memorial Hospital, and she worked for Rochester General Hospital in the surgical department for 30 years. She recently retired as senior executive assistant to the chairman of surgery at Rochester Health Services.

Her involvement with Rotary started after she married her husband of 12 years, Ross, and actively became involved in the club’s activities and projects. She said that she had earlier been aware of Rotary’s many service projects, both locally and internationally, through her position with RGH.

Cottone worked on many Rotary projects for over a decade, including Camp ONSEYAWA, a two-week summer camp for children with disabilities held every summer on Seneca Lake. She has been involved with the Rotary Giving Tree project every Christmas season, helping to secure and distribute gifts to the elderly, infirmed, shut-ins, senior citizens and low income families.

She and her husband are very active in supporting the club’s annual fundraising project, Taste of the Finger Lakes, which supplies most of the funds needed for the club’s projects and donations. They have devoted many hours in support of the youth-oriented programs of Rotary, in particular the Rotary International Youth Exchange program, and have participated in club projects to assist low income, single parent children at School No. 16 in Rochester and the Wilson Park Commencement Center.

Beyond her involvement with Rotary, Cottone has been active in many other community organizations and activities. She is a board member of the Sons of Italy. She and her husband have been members of the St. Patrick’s Church Choir and the Victor Community Singers and have been active in supporting Heritage Christian Home.

Cottone said she enjoys being a Rotarian and the camaraderie and bonds of friendship that develop among members. She fully supports the belief that Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, expressed in 1905 when he founded the organization — Rotary should be fun. The club members work hard to serve others, and they have a lot of fun while doing it.

In describing her goals for her year as president, Cottone stressed her desire to increase club membership and continuously work to make the club a positive resource for helping others, both locally and internationally.

The club recently announced that over 800 gifts were donated by local residents to the Giving Tree Project at Tops Market this year, which were distributed to shut-ins, low income families and children in the local area.