Charles City, Iowa – The Charles City Rotary Club held their annual Pass the Buck Awards and Recognition Night on Monday evening at the Elks Lodge in Charles City.
The Charles City Chamber Orchestra Quintet entertained the group followed by an awards presentation.
Outgoing Rotary president Ralph Smith presented student scholarships to Brooklyn Opp and Jonathan Zander.
The Sam Soifer Community Service Award was given to Steve Heitbrink for his long service to the Charles City Singers.
Cathy Rottinghaus presented the Leo Lidd Vocational Award to Brad Lynch, which is an award given to a citizen whose business best exemplifies the Rotary 4-Way test – “Is it the truth, is it fair to all concerned, will it build goodwill and better friendships, will it be beneficial to all concerned.”
Brad Lynch, a life-long member of Charles City, has been employed at Charles City Hy-Vee for 32 years. The award was a surprise for him.
The Paul Garthwaite Memorial Award, which is the Rotarian of the Year, was given to Larry Pump. Pump regularly volunteers his time for the popcorn wagon which is at Party in the Park throughout the summer, and also served as treasurer for the past year.
The President’s Award was given to Chris Garden. Garden was instrumental with the fire extinguisher project which Rotarians participated in during the year. Approximately 1300 fire extinguishers were distributed free to residents of Charles City and the surrounding area.
Kay Winkelman accepted the Paul Harris Fellow award on behalf of KCHA, which airs the annual Rotary Radio Auction each year as a major fundraiser for the rotary club.
New District Governor Jim Coloff talked about the Charles City Rotary Club.
Outgoing president Ralph Smith “passed the buck” to new president Randy Heitz, who will serve the club for the year.
The Charles City Rotary Club meets on Mondays at noon for lunch and a program at the Charles City Elks Lodge. Anyone wishing to attend a meeting can ask any Rotarian or simply be greeted at the door.