Five non-Rotarians became recipients of the 2016 Golden Trowel Award at the District 6360 Foundation Annual Recognition Dinner on October 18th, 2016 in Hastings, Michigan at the Walldorff Brewpub and Bistro.
We are pleased to announce the five Golden Trowel Award Recipients for 2016 are Bryan Hill, Kenneth Franklin, twins Joshua and Brody Lucenti and Mike Shaw.
Kenneth Franklin, MD was recruited in 2003 to sing in Vicksburg Rotary’s Showboat and became Showboat Director in 2007. As director of Showboat he has introduced many new skits. His fast paced presentations have become a trademark of his directing talent. He has been responsible for “keeping it alive” with his drive and propensity for showmanship. Ken is also involved in his church and the South County Players.
Bryan Hill, a teacher in Portage, actively organized “Lunches for Lives” in conjunction with the Portage Interact Club. Interact students solicit donations to provide a free, simple lunch to the entire school. They then ask students to donate their lunch money for that day to “Lunches for Lives.” The $2500 to $5000 of donations purchase essential clothing and food for needy families in the community. Bryan also works with the Portage Rotary Club in many other activities.
Brody and Joshua Lucenti have participated in more than 15 ramp building projects in the past three years with the Jackson Rotary Club. Both twins bring youthful enthusiasm and skills to support the club’s 24-year project. Frequently when one of them sees an older or “less strong Rotarian needing help” they complete the task. They have also been hosts for Youth Exchange Students and have attended both Basic and Advanced Rotary Youth Leadership Academies.
Mike Shaw has led the Saugatuck Interact Club on four missions to Batey 106 in the Dominican Republic where they have installed water filters and built latrines. Last year the students produced a four-minute video that showed the need for school expansion, to increase Batey students education from 4th to 8th grade. The students presented an “Intriguing Conversation” at the Saugatuck Center for the Arts on kids in Batey 106. He has also been involved in many other club projects and was an important part of the club’s participation in the 2015 District Conference.