The Apple Valley Rotary Club won a record seven awards at the annual Rotary District 5950 Conference on Friday, April 19, at the Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington.
The club won the following 2012-13 honors:
• The Presidential Citation for the 50-member club’s work in the past year.
The Apple Valley club supports both local and international projects, including highway cleanup, Beyond the Yellow Ribbon Project, Camp Enterprise, 360 Communities, Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts, support to military families, exchange students, Safe Water Plus, Polio Plus, Teacher of the Year at Apple Valley High School, building water wells in Haiti, International Village Clinic, college scholarship for Apple Valley High School students, Lewis House, the Dictionary Project and Strive Program at Apple Valley High School. The Ford Car Raffle fundraiser raised $34,600 for community projects in 2012.
• Award of Merit in Community Service for its support of 14 families, including four military families, during Christmastime.
• Award of Merit in International Service for its financial support of the International Village Clinic in the village of Marupur, India. The clinic serves 60 villages and over 250,000 people. Dr. Abul Sharah, a member of the Bloomington club, started the clinic, manages the clinic full time and spends six months in India each year with hands-on management helping those in need.
• Award of Merit in Public Relations for its award-winning website and work with Sun Thisweek and the Dakota County Tribune.
• Honorable Mention in Membership Development and in Excellence in Youth Service Project – New Generation Service.
• Mark Bodin, an Apple Valley resident and seven-year member of the club, received the Service Above Self award for his work in spearheading the Dictionary Project over the past three years. Fifteen members of the club visited 15 elementary schools and five churches to deliver free dictionaries to more than 1,800 third-grade students. The project costs $4,000 annually.
Attending the conference from the Apple Valley Rotary Club were Doreen L’Allier, president; David Kingsbury, president-elect; Bruce Nordquist, secretary; Lis McCarty, bulletin editor and incoming sergeant at arms; Bill Tschohl, director; and Wayne Hilbert, public relations.
More than 517 Rotarians were registered for the conference with more than 50 clubs and 40 club presidents represented. More than 40 Youth Exchange Students participated in the activities.
The conference, titled “One Day, Fun Day” placed an emphasis on this year’s theme: “Peace Through Service.” Special speakers included Bob Stowell, district governor and member of the Burnsville Breakfast Rotary Club.
For more information about the Apple Valley club, which meets at 7 a.m. Wednesday mornings at Enjoy Restaurant, contact Kingsbury at 952-432-4388 or visit www.applevalleyrotary.org.