At the District 6880 Annual Conference in Orange Beach May 2–4, 2014, the Rotary Club of Fairhope received several awards:
- The Exemplary Club Award, given annually to a small, a medium-sized, and a large club [we are medium-sized] in recognition of overall excellence. Selection is determined by evaluating overall membership growth, average meeting attendance, service projects, club bulletin, giving to The Rotary Foundation, and PolioPlus support.
- The Club of Distinction Award, presented to all clubs that earn the Rotary International Presidential Citation. The award recognizes the efforts of those Rotary clubs in District 6880 that meet the citation requirements set by the Rotary International President to attain the membership goal in addition to completing required Club Service, Vocational Service, Community Service, International Service, and Youth Service activities.
- The Club Website Award, 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:
- Information about the club (service projects, member news and recognitions, budgets, etc. 30%
- Information about past, current, and upcoming programs and speakers of the club. 20%
- Information about Rotary International and The Rotary Foundation. 20%
- Information about activities of the district, including items from the District Governor’s Newsletter. 10%
- Appearance – attractiveness, formatted so that it is easy to read and understand. 10%
- Other – community news, anecdotes, inspiration, humor, links, etc. 10%
- The Social Media Award, to recognize clubs meeting the challenge of communicating in new ways, 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 same criteria as those for the website. This was based on our Twitter account and the Facebook page for our steak cookoff.
In addition to these club awards, John Thomas, spouse of Rotarian Beverly Thomas, received Rotary International’s coveted Rotarian Spouse/Partner Service Award, which recognizes “exemplary humanitarian service.” Nominations for this award are submitted by governors of Rotary’s 531 districts worldwide, but only 100 are awarded each year. John was recognized for making numerous mission trips to Honduras, both with the club and with other groups.
Also receiving an award (presented at our club meeting on June 4) was Will Carlton, Sr., who received the Jerry Brunson “Unsung Hero” Award, established in 2004 by District Governor Robert C. Rudder (2003-2004) 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.
In February 2014 the Rotary Club of Fairhope hosted its second annual Breakfast with a Purpose, which raised nearly $5,000 to support the Fairhope–Point Clear Rotary Youth Club. A new feature this year was “Celebrity Waiters” to serve the pancakes, eggs, sausages, bacon, biscuits, and other food items. Shown above (from left) are Baldwin County Commissioner Tucker Dorsey, Baldwin County District Judge Michelle Thomason, Baldwin County Revenue Commissioner Teddy Faust, and Fairhope Chief of Police Joe Pettis. Other Celebrity Waiters were Fairhope Mayor Tim Kant and Circuit Judge Carmen Bosch.
Many thanks to our sponsors: Mellow Mushroom, Piggly Wiggly, Walmart, Greer’s Fairhope Market, Page & Palette, Commissioner Tucker Dorsey, Tamara’s, The Venue, US Foods, AM 1220 in Fairhope, and FM 106.5 Talk Radio from Fairhope.