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Local Rotary Club conducts annual banquet

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Brazil Rotarian Sam Crawn (left) was presented with the 2009-10 Paul Harris Fellow award by last year's winner Bill Morthland (right) at a recent organization meeting, which took place at the Lake House Restaurant, Staunton. Crawn is a past president of Rotary and holds nine years of perfect attendance. He was a top raffle ticket seller and coordinates local non-profit food vendor booths during the annual 4th of July Celebration in Forest Park.
The Rotary Club of Brazil named its 2009-10 Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow award recipient and handed out several other awards and recognitions during a banquet at the Lake House Restaurant, Staunton, recently.

President Dr. Miranda Goodale opened the program, speaking in memoriam of the Rotary legacies left by long-time club members Stanley R. Hunt and John J. Thomas.

Hunt was a 17-year Rotarian and was regularly a top raffle ticket seller during the annual 4th of July celebration. Despite illness, he attended club whenever his health allowed prior to his death in June 2009.

Thomas was a past club president, 1978 Paul Harris award recipient and served as Governor of District 6580 from 1993-94. He had perfect attendance for 60 years until ill health prevented him from attending meetings in 2008.

He remained an honorary Rotarian until his death in July 2010. He sponsored an annual sack race in the park during the 4th of July celebration.

In honor of their memories and legacy, crystal guardian angel pins will be given to the family members of Hunt and Thomas.

Highlighting the award presentation was the naming of local businessman and 9-year perfect attendance member Sam Crawn, as the 2009-10 Paul Harris Fellow.

The Paul Harris award recipient is selected by a committee made up of past recipients in the Brazil Club.

Bill Morthland, last year's recipient, made the presentation to Crawn.

Crawn, who was accompanied by his wife Julie at the banquet, is owner of Sam's Do-it-Best Hardware in Brazil. He was a top seller for raffle tickets this year and serves as chair of the non-profit food vendor portion of the 4th of July celebration.

He has also given effort to increasing awareness of autism through volunteering at events for Autism Speaks.

He is also often seen riding his recumbent bicycle on local roads and is an advocate for safe bicycling practices and driver safety awareness.

Goodale also made a presentation to Susan Thomas, who was recognized for serving the Rotary of Brazil presidential term of 2009-10 during the club's 75th 4th of July celebration. Thomas was presented with a Rotary International wristwatch and past-president lapel pin with a white crystal representing the club's Diamond anniversary year.

Also announced that evening were recipients of the past president awards, with honorees selected by Thomas.

Two club officers, Chris Rodgers and Goodale, were named as 2009-10 Rotarians of the Year.

Rodgers was recognized for his dedication to his duties and responsibilities as club treasurer, a role he serves as a non-rotating officer and has maintained since May 2007.

He was presented with a certificate, lapel pin, coffee mug and a Rotary International wristwatch.

Goodale was presented her award for outstanding assistance as president-elect to Thomas in leading Brazil's club during the year.

Goodale also led the student Interact Club at Northview High School, establishing a charter and in later achieving a RI Presidential Citation.

She was presented with a lapel pin, certificate, a silver filigree and three-pearl Rotary International necklace and silver RI charm bracelet.

Thomas praised both Rodgers and Goodale for their efforts in helping the local club receive the District Governor's Best Club Spirit Award for Small Club Membership in District 6580.

"It would not have been possible to earn such a special distinction and also have such a great resilient year as we did without the help of both Miranda and Chris," Thomas said.

Brandon McKinney was also named the Rookie Rotarian of the Year by Thomas for his outstanding spirit and volunteerism, among other items.

McKinney received a certificate, lapel pin, coffee mug and Rotary International wristwatch.

Eight other Rotarians were recognized by raffle ticket chair Darla Campbell for being in the $300 Club for selling the top amounts of advance sale $10,000 grand prize raffle tickets, including top seller Frank Farmer (who led the club with $1,100 in advance sales), Mary Jo Alumbaugh, Virgil Butts, Crawn, Sam Glover, Rob Harris, Rob Moore and Ted Paris.

Brass RI ink pens and commemorative 75th anniversary lapel pins were presented to Crawn, Farmer, Glover, Goodale and Rodgers, Mark Adamson, Duane Butts, Rob Dispennett, Lena Khudayeva, John Lee, Rich McDonald III, John Pittman, Mike Petersen, Maryann Reed and Dr. Alicia Reed-Thomas.

Several Rotarians received chair-shaped pins for hard work as chairpersons this year as well, including Adamson, Farmer, Glover, Reed and Reed-Thomas.

Alumbaugh announced perfect attendance award winners as well, including Kenny Crabb (one year-plus), Dispennett and Goodale (three years), Rodgers (four years), Reed-Thomas and Thomas (six years), Lee and Earlywine (seven years), Glover and Crawn (nine years), Maryann Reed (10 years), Farmer (23 years), Jim Deal (27 years) and Amos Thomas (53 years).

Local Rotarians having a perfect meeting attendance record were recently recognized at the Rotary of Brazil's annual awards banquet. They included (front, from left) Chris Rodgers, Dr. Alicia Reed-Thomas, Dr. Miranda Goodale (club president), Jim Deal, (middle) Sam Crawn, Frank Farmer, Maryann Reed, Kenny Crabb, (back) Duane Butt, Susan Thomas, Sam Glover and John Lee. Not pictured: Rob Dispennett, Amos Thomas and John Earlywine.
Several club members also won by raffle drawing a ceramic blue and gold RI coffee mug with flowers, which had been table centerpieces at the event.

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