Celebrating Rotarians: Virtual Award Ceremony Announced

On Friday, Aug. 27, PDG Cindi O’Neil received delivery of all the awards from District Awards Chair and DGN Jim Polk.

On Wednesday, Sept. 15,  at 5 pm we will pause to celebrate the accomplishments of many Rotarians who have contributed over the past year to the mission of Rotary in their Clubs, in their home towns, across the District, and globally. The celebration will be via Zoom and a link invitation will be sent to all Rotary Members. Tune in to help celebrate the accomplishments of many.

On Friday, Aug. 27, PDG Cindi O’Neil received delivery of all the awards from District Awards Chair and DGN Jim Polk. While in Eugene, O’Neil took the opportunity to present a handful of awards in person. District Secretary Beth Sheehan (pictured below right between Kathy Meyers and PDG Cindi O’Neil), Development Coordinator for the Eugene Mission and Member of the Eugene Delta Rotary, received a Rotary Peace Pole in recognition for her substantial efforts in gleaning foods, distributing foods and recruiting Rotary volunteers from multiple clubs to help those in need during the COVID pandemic. The Eugene Mission, a homeless shelter, became a resource center for many other needs including clothing, protective face masks, and housewares for those restarting their lives.  The Rotary Peace Pole will be paced in a place of prominence outside a meeting center at the Eugene Mission. Sheehan was also one of seven individuals to receive the Rotarian of Year Award for her leadership of the “Rotary Steps Together” virtual fundraising campaign last fall, breaking new ground in the area of virtual fundraising.

Past President Kim Meyers of the Eugene Delta Rotary (pictured holding pole) was also presented a Peace Pole for her continued and long-term commitment to community service at the Owens Rose Garden. “When you provide opportunities for Rotary members to serve, you build an ethos of service and strengthen a Club’s commitment to serving those in need,” explained PDG O’Neil. “This leads to experiences that turn Rotary members into Rotarians for life.” Furthermore, Meyers worked closely with Sheehan to recruit volunteers to distribute food during the pandemic. The Rotary Peace Pole will be placed in the Owens Rose Garden.

DGN Jim Polk (pictured far left with PDG Cindi O’Neil) of the Cave Junction Rotary received another of the seven Rotarian of the Year Awards for his exemplary service as District Treasurer, administering the record keeping for the “Rotary Steps Together” campaign, assisting when needed with the RYLA program budget, and as well as providing critical oversight for the Youth Exchange budget.