District 7450 Governor Dave Haradon and Assistant Governor Chris Potter joined us for our weekly breakfast meeting this morning.
Current Club Secretary Lou Hatfield was honored by her fellow members for her “outstanding performance service … preparing and distributing detailed minutes of our weekly meetings … as well as her participation in and valued contributions to the Club’s many activities.”
A similar presentation was made this afternoon to one of the Club’s founders and its long time Club Secretary, Charles Hinton.
Dave Haradon gave a very detailed presentation on both the greater Rotary International organization and the many areas of service in which clubs around the globe are involved … as well as how the local District 7450, of which our Club is a member, functions and can assist member clubs.
David then presented special Governor’s Citations to:
Alan was and continues to be the driving force behind our Club’s relationship with and commitment to the William Dick School. Through his vision and efforts, our Club is proud to assist this desperately in-need school and play a small part in helping children who have so many challenges to overcome … minority status, economic disenfranchisement, lack of basic clothing and nutrition, neglect by the City, etc. His commitment to this cause is incredibly commendable! Alan also coordinates our quarterly visits to Hope Lodge and the service we provide for its cancer patients. Further, he served as an outstanding, extremely hard working and effective president of our Club for two years.
More than a year ago, Phil fell and was subsequently diagnosed with a condition which severely impaired his ability to walk. He went through many sessions of physical therapy and has only recently felt secure enough to begin attending meetings. Despite his disability, club members paid regular visits to his home just to visit socially and cheer him up. Meanwhile, Phil not only continued to pay his Club dues and financially support many of the Club’s fundraising projects, but proactively sought out jobs he could do for the Club from home. Phil is an example of the unwavering dedication and commitment all Rotarians should strive to emulate.
Irv, a past Club president, is our Club’s answer to the “Energizer Bunny” and an example of giving of himself for the benefit of others on a regular basis. For years he has chaired and been the prime “mover and shaker” for our annual charity golf outing, which is the Club’s most complex event to pull off and largest annual fundraiser. He also steps up to participate in visits to the William Dick School, serving dinner at Hope Lodge, rings the bell for the Salvation Army, assists with the Club’s semi-annual Adopt-A-Highway clean-up, works at our annual Applebee’s Flapjack Breakfast, coordinates our relationship with the Guardians of the National Cemetery, and the list goes on. More recently, he has single-handily developed a program to raise monies to provide a Thanksgiving dinner to a needy veteran and his/her family. For those who have worked closely with him they agree that they have ever met anyone as committed to serving other than Irv.