Awards were presented and new officers installed as the Rotary Club of Wheaton kicked off its new year this month with its 53rd Annual Installation Dinner.
Awards were given to the Rotarian of the Year, Four-Way Test Person, Rotarians who have not missed a weekly meeting for one to 31 consecutive years and for financial contributions. The 2001-12 officers and directors were installed.
Rotarian of the Year is Mark Daniels, the 2010-11 club treasurer. This prestigious award is given to the Rotarian who has a strong commitment to the principles of Rotary and embodies the motto, "Service above self." This is the highest honor the club bestows on an individual Rotarian.
The Four-Way Person of the Year Award is presented to a non-Rotarian who best demonstrates the “Ideals of Rotary” through service to the community, by living and working Rotary’s Four Way Test. This 24-word test, which is recited at weekly meetings and is what club members try to emulate in their business and professional lives, asks the following four questions:
"Of the things we think, say or do:
Is it the truth?
Is it fair to all concerned?
Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
Will it be beneficial to all concerned?"
Vic Trautwein from Kids Alive International is the Four-Way Test Person of the Year.
“I’ve worked closely this year with Vic Trautwein," said outgoing Rotary president Jeff Pringle. "His passion to help the less fortunate is incredible. Eight years ago, he gave up a successful business, and his wife, Leslie, gave up her career as a pediatrician, to move to the Dominican Republic.”
This year, the Rotary Club of Wheaton raised $20,000 to build an orphanage home in the Dominican Republic at one of the Kids Alive International’s sites and received a Rotary International Matching Grant of $11,000+ to furnish the home.
The newly inducted board of directors for the 2011-12 year is as follows:
Vice President—Mark Smith
Immediate Past President—Jeff Pringle
Club Service—Roger Tully
Community Service—Cheryl Cross
International Service—Jeff Pringle and Lori Belha
Vocational Service—Steve Charvat
New Generations—Cathy Hetrick
Membership—Bob McDonough and John Wilt
Rotary Foundation—Chuck Mattingly
Public Relations—Cathy Hetrick
Ways & Means—Sam Salahi
The Rotary Club of Wheaton meets every Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. at Arrowhead Golf Club, 26W151 Butterfield Rd. Through the club’s one yearly fundraiser, Christmas Inn, the club is able to provide assistance to various local organizations and projects including Humanitarian Service Project, S.C.A.R.C.E, Literacy Volunteers of DuPage, Wheaton Public Library, Wheaton High School’s Operation Safe Celebration, Wheaton Elementary School Student Scholarships for College, Vocational Scholarships, and more. International projects in 2010-11 have also included providing funding to build and furnish a home for orphans in the Dominican Republic; sending a container project to send medical equipment, school supplies and clothing to Uganda; purchase computers for a woman’s shelter in Peru for vocational training.
The local club is part of a worldwide organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional and community leaders.
For more information regarding the club or membership, contact Cathy Hetrick at 630-292-3650 or at email@example.com.