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April 28, 2013

Sunrise wins top district award from Rotary

DANVILLE — People who serve in Rotary clubs aren’t trying to get recognition — but it’s nice when they do, a member said.

“We’re very pleased that all of our hard work paid off,” said Judy Story, a member of the Danville Sunrise Rotary Club. “It’s a good motivator to keep going.”

Danville Sunrise won the Rotary Club of the Year plaque for clubs with 40 and fewer members. The award was presented at the annual Rotary District 6490 conference in Normal.

Also, John Alexander of Danville was one of 11 people to win the Governor’s Excellence Award.

The district includes 55 clubs in 25 counties of East Central Illinois, from the Illinois River east to the Indiana state line, and from Dwight south to Vandalia.

Sunrise also won a presidential citation, and was honored for being a Star Club (along with the Hoopeston Rotary) and new 100 Percent Paul Harris Fellow club. Also, Thomas R. Byrket and Robert Muirhead were recognized for having more than 50 years of membership.

Rotary District Gov. Gordon Bidner of Carlock, who presented the awards, said last week, “They’ve had a well-rounded year. I’m most proud of their achievements. They’ve just done a great job.”

Bidner said the Rotary Club of the Year award has been presented in the past, but this is the first year that it was split into two categories — one for smaller clubs and one for larger clubs. The Normal Rotary Club won in the category of a club with 41 or more members.

“We have a lot of smaller clubs and we wanted to give them an opportunity,” Bidner said.

The district governor sets the criteria for the Club of the Year award, including: must have a net gain of at least one member; must be involved in the effort to eradicate polio; must donate an average of $100 per member to the Rotary International Foundation; must have a presidential citation; must have a New Generation focus; must have a district grant for a community project; and must be involved in district activities.

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