Six nominees will be honored at the annual Vocational Services Awards, which recognizes individuals’ contributions to the community that exemplify the Rotary International motto: “Service Above Self.”
The award ceremonies are set for noon Oct. 29 at Rogue Gateway Rotary’s weekly meeting, held at the Wild River Pub, 595 NE E St, Grants Pass.
The six are: Allison McLain, Royal Family Kids co-director for Josephine County; Grants Pass Public Safety Chief Bill Landis; Rebecca Bender, founder of Rebecca Bender Ministries; Dr. Bruce Murray, co-founder of the Asanta Three Rivers Medical Center ethics committee; Ellen Leonard, a licensed acupuncturist who offers her services free to veterans suffering from PTSD; and Lynn Hughes, long-time high school counselor, NVHS Aspire mentoring founder and volunteer.
Nominees may not be members of Rotary International, must have achieved distinction through exceptional creativity, effort, and/or leadership in their profession, business, and/or community service, and must demonstrate high ethical standards, living and working to meet the Rotary Four-Way Test: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?
Last year’s winners were retired educator Linda Hugle and Circuit Court Judge Pat Wolke.