2021-22 ROTARY CLUB OF SANTA MONICA AWARDSA highlight of the evening was the Award Ceremony recognizing those who’ve stood out this year in what they have given to and accomplished for our club:President’s Awards
– These are in special recognition for extraordinary service to the club during the year.Sharon Perlmutter Gavin
stepped up to fill many crucial behind-the-scenes roles including serving as executive secretary, webmaster, co-chair of the Fireside/Induction and the Community Volunteer Corps committees.
Ken Waltzer in addition to being our new president-elect served as chair of the New Member Activities committee, co-chair of the Music committee and hosted social events at his home.
John Bartlett always was there when help was needed. He was not only Director of Community & Youth Service, he co-chaired the Community Volunteer Corps and is our incoming vice-president for committees. And I think this is the only award he doesn’t already have.
Andrea Gressinger led our very successful Wine Fest committee which raised a near record amount for next year’s charitable giving. She did this while facing the challenges of losing the assistance of the Fairmont Miramar and overcoming draining health issues.
Martin Baeza-was our life-saver at Hilton this year. He not only made sure that the meetings went off without a hitch, he provided extraordinary support in assisting our audiovisual team.
Herb Spurgin New Member Award – This award recognizes the outstanding member in the first two years of membership. Lauren Akmaeva, who unfortunately recently resigned from our club due to career and family demands, was a tremendous asset all year, handling our rsvp, service hour and billing spreadsheets, managing our live zoom feeds and helping set up our A/V equipment.
James R. Cayton Award – Is given to a club member who has performed outstanding service for the Club. Karim Jaude has served as long-time co-chair of the World Community Service committee and this year as co-chair of the Membership committee.
Four Avenues of Service Award – Recognizes the member who excelled in supporting the club in one of Rotary’s four avenues of service. Susan Annett who served as our Director of Vocational Service did a superb job leading our Vocational Service activities including putting together grant applications which secured a $4000 district vocational grant for Santa Monica College students.
Bill Frtizche Award – Is given to the member who helped provide fun through the year. Donna Byrd co-chaired the Birthdays & Decorations committee and hosted our first Football Playoff/Chili Cookoff party at her home, while supplying all the food and drinks as well as a Rams victory.
Jim Dyer Award – Is presented for service to Rotary in the club and either District 5280 or Rotary International. Bret Carter did an incredible amount of work and an awesome job raising funds for The Rotary Foundation primarily through our Paul Harris Fellow program.
Austin Jennings Award – Acknowledges the Rotarian who has provided outstanding and continuing service to our club for 20 or more years. Judy Neveau is a past-president, this year’s co-chair of the Greeters Committee, Quarter Century Committee, Rotary International Committee and in the past has chaired and served on too many club and district committees to name.
Esther Johnson Spirit Award – is given to the member whose service to the Club, either in the past year or over an extended period of membership, typifies the spirit of Rotary in general, and the spirit of our Club, in particular. Tom Larmore, co-chaired the Centennial Gala, Music, Scholarships, Literacy Committees, is a Past-President, and has now taken on the role of Club Historian.
Joe Gilbert Award – This award is for the outstanding club member for the year just concluded. Pam Brady not only served as Director of Club Service, she was one of the leaders in Member Communications, Social Events, Co-Chair of the Centennial Gala, Co-Chair of Meeting Logistics and is our incoming Vice-President for Committees!
Thank you to all of our award recipients for your dedication and Service Above Self.