Troy Rotary Club honored at District Conference

Published 9:46 pm Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Troy Rotary Club President Dave Barron thought he would just be going to the Rotary District Conference this week as formality.

Instead, he, in a way, became the star of the show.

With 47 rotary clubs represented, Barron found himself walking up for recognition more than any other club present — but it wasn’t just recognition for himself.

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Barron announced to the Troy Rotary club in its Tuesday meeting that the group and individual members took home six awards from conference, likely more than any other club from the 47-club district.

“I’m greatly surprised by the outcome of District Conference,” Barron said.

“I don’t think another club was called to the podium as often as we were. And it’s because of you.

“It’s because of the service we provide to the community. We can do more, but we’re doing a lot.”

Individual awards were presented to Beth Collier, who received the club bulletin award; Olaf Lieb, who was awarded for the club’s Web site; and Bob Mills, who received the “Service above self unsung hero award.”

Mills’ award, Barron said, made the trip to the Grand Hotel in Point Clear worthwhile.

“The thing that made the trip worth while for me was to see the deer in the headlights look at (Mills’) table close by,” Barron said.

The rotary club as a whole also received several awards — the Club of Distinction award, Exemplary Award and was honored as a Star Club member.