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Forde pre­sented the awards, which were se­lected by the mem­bers of the club.

Hunter Har­ring­ton was the re­cip­i­ent of the John Mitchell Rookie of the Year award.

"She is an ex­cel­lent ex­am­ple of some­one who jumped into a lead­er­ship role im­me­di­ately af­ter be­com­ing a Ro­tar­ian," Forde said.

Har­ring­ton has worked tire­lessly on the new Ok­tibbeha County Young Lead­ers Pro­gram, Forde said, and she has the re­spon­si­bil­ity of be­ing the point of con­tact for the schools, meet­ing with school coun­selors to pro­mote the pro­gram, work­ing with the com­mit­tee mem­bers on the year-long pro­gram and sched­ul­ing the in­ter­views for the ap­pli­cants.

Sid Sal­ter was the re­cip­i­ent of the Ser­vice Above Self award.

"This year's re­cip­i­ent was di­ag­nosed with cancer, and he con­tin­ued to come to Ro­tary and make us laugh when he was able," Forde said. "Once his cancer went into re­mis­sion, he came back to Ro­tary full time."

Forde said Sal­ter is also a Ro­tary pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee, and he ex­em­pli­fies “ser­vice above self” to the rest of the club.

The Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice award was pre­sented to Zach Rowland.

"This year's re­cip­i­ent has cer­tainly demon­strated his com­mit­ment to en­hanc­ing Ro­tary over many years," Forde said.

Forde said Rowland has served as past pres­i­dent, worked on many com­mit­tees, helped be­gin the Ro­taract Club and served as chair and co-chair of the Rodeo com­mit­tee for numer­ous years.

"He ded­i­cates huge amounts of time and is pas­sion­ate about this ser­vice," Forde said.

The Non-Ro­tar­ian Com­mu­nity Ser­vice award was given to John Breazeale for his work as vol­un­teer co­or­di­na­tor and con­struc­tion man­ager for Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity.

"'The poor you will al­ways have with you.

What­ever you did for one of the least of these broth­ers and sis­ters of mine, you did for me.'" Forde said. "These words from the great car­pen­ter Jesus of Nazareth are the guid­ing prin­ci­ples for an or­ga­ni­za­tion that seeks daily to shel­ter the less for­tu­nate of Starkville and Ok­tibbeha County."

Forde said Habi­tat for Hu­man­ity was started over 50 years ago, and the lo­cal group has put roofs over the heads of 64 fam­i­lies, and Breazeale has worked on over half of those homes.

The fi­nal award, Ro­tar­ian of the Year, was pre­sented to Michelle Amos.

"This year's re­cip­i­ent has served as a past club pres­i­dent, chaired the Fund Re­view com­mit­tee for the last two years, worked tire­lessly as the chair of the new Ok­tibbeha County Young Lead­ers pro­gram," Forde said. "She has served our com­mu­nity as the past chair of the Greater Starkville De­vel­op­ment Part­ner­ship Board of Di­rec­tors, and she cur­rently serves as the chair of the Golden Tri­an­gle De­vel­op­ment LINK."

Forde said Amos also sup­ports the Rodeo as a vol­un­teer and a spon­sor.

Also dur­ing the pro­gram, Ro­tary Pres­i­dent Marc McGee hon­ored the past district gov­er­nors and past club pres­i­dents.

"It is a lot of work and for those who have been past pres­i­dents, I would like to thank you on be­half of the club," McGee said.

By Mary Ru­more, SDN) (Photo

From left: Ro­tar­ian of the Year re­cip­i­ent Michelle Amos, Ser­vice Above Self re­cip­i­ent Sid Salter, John Mitchell Rookie of the Year re­cip­i­ent Hunter Har­ring­ton, Dis­tin­guished Ser­vice re­cip­i­ent Zach Row­land and Non-Ro­tar­ian Com­mu­nity Ser­vice re­cip­i­ent...

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