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GLEASON (November 26) — During the Gleason Rotary Club’s end of year celebration, members were honored for living up to Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self. Alan Owen was awarded …
GLEASON (November 26) — During the Gleason Rotary Club’s end of year celebration, members were honored for living up to Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self. Alan Owen was awarded the club’s highest honor as the Joe Stewart Rotarian of the Year. Owen was presented the award by club president Gary Vandiver.
“Alan has worked tirelessly for the club over the last year-and-a-half. Any time help is need, Alan is at the front of the line to do his part. It doesn’t matter what needs to be done, if it’s fundraising or supervising the senior center, he’s ready and available,” stated Vandiver during the presentation.
Owen helped raise over $2,000 in sponsorships from the club’s 2018-2019 year. In July of 2018, he took over the responsibility of rehabbing and monitoring the Gleason Rotary Club’s Senior Center.
Immediate Past-president, Jason R. Marin was honored as well during the evening festivities. Martin served as club president during the Rotary year 2017-2018, and currently serves as Rotary District 6760 Assistant District Governor over the Gleason, McKenzie, Paris and Camden clubs. He also serves a city councilman for the City of McKenzie in Ward-II.
“Jason did an excellent job was president. He served as president early into the 2017 year leading the charge towards the construction of the city’s emergency helipad. In his year, we were recognized for the club’s contributions to the Rotary Foundation and Rotary International’s efforts towards eradicating polio. Now as assistant district governor, the club continues to receive praise at the district and international level,” stated Vandiver.
Martin was also pinned as a Paul Harris Fellow +1 during the event. The single sapphire pin represents a Rotarian’s financial contributions totaling over $2,000.
“Since becoming a Rotarian, I have seen first hand the wonderful works of Rotary. Each month I donate the majority of my city council salary to the Rotary Foundation. The money I donate goes towards funding projects not only at the local level but international as well. We are so close to seeing the end of polio. Every penny and every vaccine makes the horrid disease closer to eradication,” explained Martin for his contributions.
The Gleason Rotary Club meets every Monday at 6 p.m. at Simply Southern Cafe.