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Drumheller Ro­tary Club names Nick Sereda as its Un­sung Hero.

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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.

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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.

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