This was not your usual Rotary meeting! President Peggy and the board decided to have an awards night to celebrate all the work that Rotarians do for our club. First of all this was an evening meeting and the food was kicked up a notch at the Flamingo for the event. President Peggy started the festivities with Jim Johnson leading the Pledge of Allegiance. Dapper Ray Dorfman was then introduced as the emcee.
Awards were handed out by board directors Jack Tolin (Membership), Robert Pierce (Club Meetings), Doug Johnson(Fund raising), Cathy Vicini (Member Activities and Community Service), Matt Fannin (Records and Out Reach),Debra Dorfman (Youth Services) plus International Service and Member Involvement to their teammates. In between we were entertained by the Rotary Band (Karen and Dennis Ball, Chip Rawson, Darren Elliott, Layne Bowen, and Don McMillan) and Dan Schell told some stories and sang for us.
President Peggy also announced some awards we received at District Conference:
1. Community Service Excellence – for our Charitable Project Grant Program that annually donates $24,000 to local non-profits for projects they are developing or are in need of support. Our Club and our Club’s Foundation each contribute $12,000 to make this happen. Congratulations again to Will Haymakerand Ted Wilmsen!
2. Our Club Public Image Excellence – Our club now has several state of the art websites, a branded digital weekly bulletin, a number of social media pages & groups, and a robust email system. This award is truly due to the work of Wayne Rowlands. Congratulations, Wayne!
3. Vocational Service – RMB – Rotary Means Business encourages Rotarians to support the success of their fellow Rotarians by doing business with them, and by referring others to them. Our club’s RMB began attracting Rotarians worldwide and eventually, due to Mark Burchill’s work,our RMB became recognized as an official Fellowship of Rotary International. So, congratulations, Mark, for bringing this recognition to our Club!
4. Top Club Project – Giro Bello – This is our club’s top fund raiser and has grown from its first year in 2010 to a very successful and fun event for both Rotarians and bikers alike. It’s an event that receives money from the public (riders, sponsors), and the proceeds support the Club’s charitable projects. Congratulations, to our initiator, Carmen Sinigiani, to Diane Moresi, our second Chair, and Doug Johnson, our chair last year and this year.
5. Quiet Rotarian Award – Our Club’s choice for the District’s Quiet Rotarian Award this year was Wayne Rowlands.
Here are some pictures from the event: