President Susan Thomas opened the event by thanking Rotarians, spouses and friends for their support during their only fundraising event, the 4th of July celebration. The international goal of Rotary is defeating Polio as well as many other peace and humanitarian issues. Locally, the Rotary volunteers are dedicated to serving and giving back to Brazil through weekly speaker programs, school dictionary distribution, various community grants, scholarships and the annual July 4th celebration.
The Rotary Club handed out many awards at the banquet, including the 2008-09 Paul Harris Fellow Award, which was presented to Bill Morthland by last year's winner Mike Peterson.
Six Rotarians, Mary Jo Alumbaugh, Virgil Butts, Sam Crawn, Frank Farmer, Rob Moore and Stanley Hunt, were also recognized for being in the $300 Club for selling the most advance sale raffle tickets.
There were also 17 club members who were recognized for having consecutive years of perfect attendance including: Virgil Butts, Dr. Miranda Goodale, Mark Adamson, Jim Middledorf, Bill Morthland, Chris Rodgers, Mike Peterson, Dr. Alicia Reed-Thomas, Susan Thomas, John Lee, John Earlywine, Sam Glover, Sam Crawn, Maryann Reed, Frank Farmer, Jim Deal, and Amos Thomas, who has had 52 years of perfect attendance.