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South Hill Rotary presents annual awards

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Committee Chairperson Lisa Clary, Pam Carter, Mike Carter and Club President Vin Montgomery. / July 02, 2014
The South Hill Rotary Club recognized the 2013-2014 “Service Above Self” winner at the club’s year-end awards dinner Thursday night at Brian’s Steakhouse. The Rotary’s highest honor recognizes civic-minded citizens who demonstrate their commitment to helping others by volunteering their time and talents. This year’s winner is Michael Carter. Nominated by members of the community, Carter is a person who is involved in many projects, often behind the scenes. He has served the Chamber of Commerce, Colonial Theater, Market Square and other organizations and groups in South Hill. He was described as generous with his time and his heart, and his attitude and personality make him stand out. He does not speak ill of anyone and he focuses on making the environment around him positive. He helps out when needed — in situations big or small, community or individual. He was praised for his easy-going manner and sense of humor and he always gives 100 percent and never asks for anything in return. Carter was very emotional and humbled upon receiving the award; he spoke of being honored to be a part of the community, having people accept him and having many friends around him. The Rotary “Service Above Self” award is the highest honor bestowed by the organization.

The South Hill Rotary Club’s Rotarian of the Year was named at the club’s awards dinner Thursday night. This year the honor goes to Lee Nicholson. Nicholson is always at meetings, and helps out at events in the community throughout the year.

South Hill Rotary Club President Vin Montgomery honored several of the Rotarians who have helped him through his 2013-1014 presidency with special gifts for their work such as Carol Crough for her duties as treasurer, Dwayne Gwaltney for his work with the Rotary trailer and cooking events, Heather Chaney for her work with wine festival, Montgomery, and Randy Cash for his help with various events.

The Tom Leggett Spirit of Rotary award (presented to a Rotarian with less than five years membership) was presented to Kelly Burton for her enthusiastic effort in helping with club events.

The South Hill Lions Club has installed new officers and directors for the 2014-2015 year: Dean Marion – Tail Twister, and Tammy Robinson – Director. Lisa Clary – Director and outgoing President, Otis Thomas – Secretary, Steve Bailey – Director, Rick Carroll – 1st Vice President, Ken Sims – incoming 2014-2015 President, installing officer Charles Butts, Vanessa Rudd – Director, Ed Taylor – Lion Tamer, Jim Hofler – Treasurer and Randy Cash – 2nd Vice President and Membership Chairperson, Frank Malone. (Contributed photo)

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