2018-07-05 / Community News

Rotary recognizes club members


Every year the Biddeford, Saco Rotary Club awards members for their committment to the community. Club members recognized for making the community a better place are, from left, Jim Godbout, Susan Gajewski, Joe Moreshead, Karen Chasse, Fausto Pifferrer and Conrad Welzel. (Courtesy photo) Every year the Biddeford, Saco Rotary Club awards members for their committment to the community. Club members recognized for making the community a better place are, from left, Jim Godbout, Susan Gajewski, Joe Moreshead, Karen Chasse, Fausto Pifferrer and Conrad Welzel. (Courtesy photo) The Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club recognized 12 community members for their commitment to serve the community. The awards included: Rotarian of the Year, Private Sector, Humanitarian Service, Vocational Service, 12th annual Goodwin Outstanding Service, Paul Harris Fellowships and Service Above Self awards.

Joe Moreshead of Precision Screw Machine Products was named Rotarian of the Year in appreciation and recognition of distinguished service, loyalty and devotion to the ideals of Rotary.

“Joe was my go-to person from serving on the board to stepping up as my successor to lead the club when the current President- Elect was unable. He never said no when I asked for his help. Joe served as the assistant treasurer, charitable fund (chairman), on the Prom and Beerfest Committee and so many other tasks to help this community,” said President Jackson Brown in a press release.

Laurie Bruce was presented with the Private Sector Award for creating a program eight years ago called “Locker of Love” to accept donations of school supplies, snacks, clothing and hygiene products for Biddeford students in need. The Private Sector Award is given to a resident whose good works have been performed independently of their employment in the private sector. Recipients work for the public good, while being privately employed or not employed by a government or community entity.

The Rev. Shirley Bowen was presented with the Humanitarian Award for being the driving force behind Seeds of Hope and a person who has dedicated her life to helping those who need a hand. The Humanitarian Award is given to a resident, private or public, who has done exceptional work to further the good of humanity in the community.

Kristy Kendrick was presented with the Vocational Service Award for her work in Thornton Academy’s Career Center maximizing the potential of students with disabilities to network within the community and garner career-ready skills to help each student achieve their transitional goals. The Vocational Service Award is awarded to a resident, private or public, who has done exceptional work to promote vocational education and vocational programs.

Jim Godbout of Jim Godbout Plumbing & Heating was presented with the 12th annual Goodwin Outstanding Service Award. This award was created to acknowledge the contributions of Carl and Earl Goodwin to the Biddeford-Saco Rotary Club and to the Biddeford and Saco areas. The Goodwins’ commitment to Rotary and to making the Biddeford/Saco area a better place to live has been an inspiration to a number of people and this award acknowledges the contributions of individuals in Rotary. Godbout was acknowledged for his years of continued community service and community support in helping those in need.

Paul Harris Fellowships, named for Paul Harris who founded Rotary more than 100 years ago, were presented to Brownyn Barnett of Community Bicycle Center, Matthew Simmons of Edward Jones, and Sabine McElrath of The Maine Real Estate Network, for exemplifying the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation. They were presented with a pin, certificate and $1,000 was donated by the club to the Rotary Foundation in their honor.

Service Above Self Awards were presented to Susan Gajewski, Conrad Welzel, Fausto Pifferrer of Blue Elephants Catering and Karen Chasse of Biddeford School Department. The award is presented to Rotarians who have displayed exemplary humanitarian service to the ideals of Rotary with a focus on active involvement in putting others needs before their own. Gajewski, Welzel, Pifferrer and Chasse were recognized for being engaged, involved and consistently providing support for Rotary events and club activities.

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