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R34066-LargeRotary District 6880 Awards

Recognizing those who serve Rotary International, the District and their Clubs with Service Above Self. 

As Rotarians we engage in the work we do because of the good it brings to others. Recognition of our efforts is usually the last thing on our minds. But there are some concepts in this world that we all hold dear. One of those is that there have been certain individuals who have served as leaders and examples to all of us, and we want to hold them up and expand their influence to others. The other is that even if reward was not the reason for the good work, those good works should not go unrewarded or unrecognized.

It is in the spirit of these concepts that the District 6880 leadership has organized some very special awards for individual Rotarians and clubs who demonstrate the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.

 

NOMINATION INSTRUCTIONS: Information about all available awards is set forth below with a brief summary of each. To submit a nomination for each award, click on the title of the award, complete the award nomination form and select send.

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Alternatively, nomination forms are available for download and can be mailed in via snail mail.
The download section can be found here.

 

 

Deadline - All submissions, electronic or paper must be made received by March 1, 2017.

 

The Jerry Brunson Unsung Hero Award was established in 2004 by District Governor Robert C. Rudder (2003-04). He established the award to recognize the efforts of Rotarians in District 6880 who serve their community and/or Rotary Club for years "in the trenches" with little or no fanfare. Governor Bob understood the invaluable contributions provided by these "anonymous" workers toward success in attaining the goals and ideals of the district as expressed in Rotary International's Motto – Service Above Self. 


The Douglas O. Barber Award was established in 1998 by District Governor William P. McLemore (1998-99). His purpose in establishing the award was to recognize Rotarians or Rotary Clubs in District 6880 who serve the district with the philosophy and spirit of unselfish volunteer service. Governor Bill named the award for Past District Governor Doug Barber (1996-97), a member of the Rotary Club of Foley, whose life characterized this generous spirit.  The Douglas O. Barber Award is recognized as the second highest honor conveyed by District 6880.

 

The Harry P. Hall Meritorious Achievement Award was established in 1981 by District Governor Charles H. Chapman (1981-82), and 1977 Charter President of the Rotary Club of Dothan-Houston County. His purpose in establishing the award was to recognize Rotarians in District 688 (now 6880) who exemplify the motto of Rotary International in a distinguished and significant manner. Governor Charles chose to name the award for Past District Governor Harry P. Hall (1941-42), a member of the Rotary Club of Dothan. At the time DG Harry served as governor, the district number was 164, and it covered the entire state of Alabama.

The first motto of Rotary International, He Profits Most Who Serves Best, was approved at the second Rotary Convention in August 1911. DG Charles recognized PDG Harry's commitment to the ideals of Rotary as expressed in this motto. [It was not until 1989 that Service Above Self was established as the principal motto of Rotary.] The Harry P. Hall Meritorious Achievement Award is now recognized as the most coveted honor that District 6880 Rotarians bestow, since it exemplifies that same principle of unselfish volunteer service as expressed throughout Rotary's rich history.

 

The J. Barton Greer Citizenship - Four Way Test Award was established by Past District Governor Robert A. Greer in honor of his grandfather who was the epitome of an example of living the Four Way Test. J. Barton Greer was a Paul Harris Fellow and President of the Mobile Rotary club in 1933‐34. Robert's brother J. Barton Greer, III (Rotarian & Paul Harris Fellow) was inspired by his grandfather and wrote the book titled, "The Four Way Test" which illustrates its principals.

The winner of this Award each year should be a Rotarian in the District who lives by the Four Way Test, is a model citizen and conducts themselves in all aspects of their lives with only the absolute best practices and uncompromised ethics. Although every Rotarian is encouraged to live by the Four Way Test, there are those whose actions go above and beyond and exemplify the Four Way Test. This person may have also done something special using the Four Way Test as their guide.

 

The Steve James Youth Service Award was established in 2015 in honor of Steve James who had a unfailing commitment to Rotary and especially young people. Steve served as Secretary and President of the Jackson Club. He also sponsored his beloved interact club. On the District level he was cochair of the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) and facilitated the Leadership Academy in 2013. Steve received the Rotary International Vocational Award. Steve was honored as Jackson Citizen of the Year in 2015. Steve passed in 2016. The Steve James Award for Distinguished Youth Service recognizes the individual who has contributed to the overall betterment of youth in their community and around the District by exemplary service and a cheerful heart.


A Rotarian of the Year Award is given each year by many Rotary Clubs to recognize an outstanding member. If your club does so, please provide the District Awards Committee the name of your award recipient with a little background information. This way, we may recognize him/her during a special ceremony at the District Conference. Additionally, a list of all District 6880 Rotarian of the Year Award recipiens in will be published in the June issue of the District Governor's Newsletter.
This Award is your opportunity to highlight someone in your Club for his/her special contribution for this Rotary year. This is not a competition between different clubs. You may award only one individual this distinction. We would like to present this Award to someone in EVERY club. 

The Exemplary Club Award is given annually to a small, a medium, and a large size club in recognition of overall excellence. Selection is determined by evaluating overall membership growth, average meeting attendance, service projects, club bulletin, The Rotary Foundation Giving, and PolioPlus support. 


The Club of Distinction Award is presented to all clubs which earn the Rotary International Presidential Citation. The award recognizes the efforts of those Rotary Clubs in District 6880 who meet the citation requirements set by the Rotary International President to attain the membership goal, and required club service, vocational service, community service, and international service activities. 


The Club Website Award is given annually to a small, a medium, and a large size club with the best rated website. Selection is determined by evaluating the club website based on the following criteria:

SELECTION CRITERIA:
1. Information about the club (service projects, member news and recognitions, budgets, etc. 30%

2. Information about past, current, and upcoming programs and speakers of the club. 20%

3. Information about Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. 20%

4. Information about activities of the district, including items from the District Governor's Newsletter. 10%

5. Appearance - attractiveness, formatted so that it is easy to read and understand. 10%

6. Other - community news, anecdotes, inspiration, humor, links, etc. 10%

Total 100%

 

The Club Bulletin Award is given annually to a small, a medium, and a large size club with the best rated club bulletin. Awards will be presented for both paper and electronic newsletters. Clubs may apply for an award in only one format. Selection is determined by evaluating three paper or electronic club bulletins, dated at least 5 weeks apart, based on the following criteria:

SELECTION CRITERIA: (Sample bulletins must be dated no less than 5 weeks apart)

1. Information about the club (service projects, member news and recognitions, budgets, etc. 30%

2. Information about past, current, and upcoming programs and speakers of the club. 20%

3. Information about Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. 20%

4. Information about activities of the district, including items from the District Governor's Newsletter. 10%

5. Appearance - attractiveness, formatted so that it is easy to read and easily understood. 10%

6. Other - community news, anecdotes, inspiration, humor, etc. 10%

Total 100%

 

The Social Media Award was established in 2013 by District Governor Jim Golson (2012-13) to recognize Clubs meeting the challenge of communicating in new ways. The Award is given to a small, a medium, and a large size club with the most active and diverse page using social media (Facebook, Linkedin and/or Twitter). Selection is determined by evaluating the social media based on the following criteria:

SELECTION CRITERIA

1. Information about the Club (service projects, member news and recognitions, budgets, etc. 30%

2. Information about past, current and upcoming programs and speakers of the club. 20%

3. Information about Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. 20%

4. Information about activities of the district. 10%

5. Appearance – attractiveness, formatted so that it is easy to read and easily understood. 10%

6. Other – community news, anecdotes, inspiration, humor, etc. 10%

Total 100%

 

The Each Rotarian: Reach One, Keep One Award allows Rotary Club presidents to nominate and recognize individuals for sponsoring new members while focusing on retention. The categories for this award are:

GOLD – Rotarians who bring in 25 new members into any Rotary Club with 20 still active after six years.

SILVER – Rotarians who bring in 10 new members into any Rotary Club with 8 still active after four years.

BRONZE – Rotarians who bring in 5 new members into any Rotary Club with 4 still active after two years.

 

The Avenues of Service Citation for Individual Rotarians provides a way for presidents of Rotary clubs to personally recognize one club member for his or her outstanding efforts in the five Avenues of Service. A club member must have demonstrated support of the Object of Rotary through active participation in each of the five Avenues of Service: Club, Vocational, Community, International, and Youth Service. Nominees must be an active Rotarian and can only receive the award once.

 

The Family & Community Service Award is a certificate that Rotary clubs may confer on individuals or organizations for outstanding service to families and communities, or in recognition of the positive contributions to individual Rotary clubs made by spouses or family members of Rotarians.

 

 

Nominations are preferred online.  Forms are available for mailing nominations in. In the event you have any problem, please contact the Chairperson of the District Awards Committee via this form here.

To begin your nomination process, choose a form by clicking on its title in this article. Upon submission of each form, you wll be directed to a page with a list of links to each nomination form like the one below:

Jerry Brunson Unsung Hero Award Douglas O. Barber Award Harry P. Hall Meritorious Achievement Award
Rotarian of the Year Award Exemplary Club Award Club of Distinction Award
Club Website Award Club Bulletin Award Social Media Award
Each Rotarian: Reach One, Keep One Award Avenue of Service Citation Family & Community Service Award
The Steve James Youth Service Award The J. Barton Greer Citizenship - Four Way Test Award

 


Written by :
Eric R. Lewis
 
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