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Drumheller Rotary Club names Nick Sereda as its Unsung Hero.
The recipient of this prestigious award has never expected any public recognition. In fact, if he had advance knowledge of this presentation he probably would have graciously declined an invitation to attend Monday’s meeting.
The family knows of his volunteerism in helping make ours a more enjoyable community in which to live in – that’s been his total purpose in life – spending countless hours, year after year, whether it be enhancing the lives of our youth to doing his part for those in need.
At the young age of 85, Nick continues to be active:
His volunteer work in the community includes: - 31 years dedicated to volunteering to look after the Midland Community Outdoor Rink – every night he locks up between 10 and 11 – each morning he opens the facility between 9:30 and 10.
In the 1960’s he embarked on his journey to help youth by providing activities for them. In 1967 he took over as coach and manager of the Little League Midland Rotary is a volunteer organization of 1.2 million business and professional leaders united worldwide in more than 200 countries. For more information about the Rotary Club of Drumheller go to www.drumhellerrotary.com
Let’s hear from you. The time is now. The club encourages you to nominate members of the community for prestigious recognition at the June 15 Celebration of Excellence. The club will be awarding: • Citizen of the Year • Most Courteous Employee • Male & Female Athletes of the Year.
Tracy Kakuk and Graham Giffin of the Rotary Club urge everyone to think about who they feel is deserving of consideration. Nomination forms may be obtained at SJ Fashions and Centre Street Insurance.
Co-Chairs Delphine Viczko – Debi Kennedy and Ian Cassels have a message: Everyone can help raise funds for the community in the May 12 White Elephant Sale. Contribute those items you no longer want around the house, then attend the largest function of its kind in Drumheller to get the bargains.
Nick Sereda has received the well-deserved Rotary Distinguished Unsung Hero Award for over 50 years of dedicated volunteer work in the community.
The club will be the sponsor of the Junior Jingle competition at the June 30 and July 1 Dinosaur Pow Wow.
Lucas Aulenbach has been visiting with club members in preparation for his lifetime experience. He represents our community on a year long exchange to Switzerland, starting in August. We welcome our newest member Tara McMillan. Braves.
A highlight of this era was in 1970 when he played a key role in bringing to the Valley its first and only Little League (Sandlot) Alberta championship. He coached and played slow pitch from 1980 – 89….hosted the annual Midland Boomers Slow pitch tournament for 7 years and spent countless hours maintaining ball diamonds, organizing events and even did some umpiring. Through all of this he found time to help with coaching duties for baseball and hockey with his grandchildren. He then went on to assist his son in coaching hardball – becoming involved in the Fun League, the East-Central Games and coaching men’s slow pitch.
In the 1990’s Nick helped his son coach the Midland Braves Little League team for competitions in Shelby, Montana and they came home with a couple of championships.
At present he still helps on the players bench at the annual Drumheller Fun Team Alumni Centrium hockey game in Red Deer,
Just ask, he’s known to jump in and volunteer to assist where he can. For year’s one can see Nick canvassing for Heart & Stroke - Diabetes and other needy organizations. Every year he can be seen helping with the Salvation Army kettles. He assists at Calgary casinos for organizations raising money for our community. Nick’s volunteer contribu- tions over the many years have been so important, so impactful. That’s why we say because of his dedication the real winner is our community.
With that in mind Rotary is pleased to have this occasion to honour and say thank you to a fine citizen who steps up to the plate to volunteer.
The Distinguished Unsung Hero Award was presented by Rotary in recognition of continuous outstanding volunteer contributions. This year’s recipient is Nick Sereda. Nick is seen here accepting his award from Rotarians Barb Campbell, left, and Jim Fisher, right.