Chris Rodgers (above, left) was selected as the 2010-11 Rotary of Brazil Paul Harris Fellow award winner and was introduced and presented with the honor by 2009-10 recipient Sam Crawn (right). The award includes a Paul Harris pin and certificate for the recipient as the awarding club donates $1,000 to Rotary International in their name.
The Rotary Club of Brazil recently named its 2010-11 Paul Harris Fellow award recipient and handed out several other awards for the past club year during its annual awards banquet.
The event took place at the Renaissance Reception and Conference Center, 101 W. National Ave., Brazil.
Special recognition was bestowed to Chris Rodgers, a CPA at Miller and Stewart LLC, CPA's.
Past Rotary Club of Brazil Paul Harris Fellow recipients welcomed newest honoree Chris Rodgers at the club's recent banquet. On hand were (below, front, from left) Maryann Reed, Kenny Crabb, Rodgers, Virgil Butts, (second row) Mark Adamson, Jim Deal, Denzil Adams, Rob Dispennett, (third row) Mike Petersen, Sam Glover, Sam Crawn, Frank Farmer, Amos Thomas and Jim Middledorf.
The Purdue University graduate, who serves as the Rotary Club of Brazil treasurer, was named the 2010-11 Paul Harris Fellow Award recipient by a committee of past Brazil Paul Harris Fellow Award winners.
Rodgers, who has maintained perfect club attendance, was presented the award by Sam Crawn, last year's Paul Harris medal recipient.
Also announced were the past-president awards, given by 2010-11 president Dr. Miranda Goodale.
Current club president Duane Butt received the Service Above Self Award for his service and dedication to the club.
First-year Rotarian Linda Messmer was named as Rookie Rotarian of the Year by Dr. Goodale, for her volunteerism and for steering the Rotary Club of Brazil Subway 1-Mile Kid's Fun Run.
Butt and Messmer were presented with certificates.
In addition, for the first time, award recipients were allowed to select a local non-profit group to donate $100 on behalf of the Rotary Club of Brazil.
Butts chose the Serving on the Streets (S.O.S.) program, while Messmer selected East Side Elementary School Angels.
Several Rotarians were also recognized as being in the $300 Club for selling the most advance sale raffle tickets, including Mary Jo Alumbaugh, Virgil Butts, Crawn, Frank Farmer, Jennifer French, Sam Glover, Bill McDonald, Rob Moore, Walt Moore, Rodgers and Marci Rush.
In addition, Rotarians were recognized for having consecutive years of perfect attendance, including Denzil Adams, Mark Adamson, Alumbaugh, Richard Dierdorf and Bill Morthland (one year), Kenny Crabb (two years), Butt (three years), Dr. Goodale and Rob Dispennett (four years), Rodgers (five years), Dr. Alicia Reed-Thomas and Susan Thomas (seven years), John Lee and John Earlywine (eight years), Glover (10 years), Crawn and Reed (11 years), Farmer (23 years), Jim Deal (28 years), and Amos Thomas (54 years).
The international goal of Rotary service clubs is the eradication of polio as well as supporting many peace and humanitarian issues.
For the first time in many years, Rotary Club of Brazil members present from the 2010-11 banquet gathered for a group photograph. Members include (front, from left) Dr. Alicia Reed-Thomas, Past President Dr. Miranda Goodale, President-Elect Mary Jo Alumbaugh, Club President Duane Butt, Treasurer Chris Rodgers, Sgt. At-Arms Justin Campbell, (second row) Marci Rush, Maryann Reed, Kenny Crabb, Virgil Butts, John Lee, Richard Dierdorf, (third row) Jennifer French, Mark Adamson, Jim Deal, Denzil Adams, Rob Dispennett, Susan Sneddon, (back row) Susan Thomas, Mike Petersen, Sam Glover, Sam Crawn, Frank Farmer, Amos Thomas, Jim Middledorf and T.J. Sneddon.
Locally, the Rotary volunteers are dedicated to serving and giving back to Brazil through weekly speaker programs, school dictionary distribution, various community grants, youth enrichment programs, scholarships and the annual 4th of July Celebration.