But what is the Golden Trowel? The Golden Trowel Award came into being shortly after the founding of the District Foundation. The trowel signifies an action, other than monetary support, building something good and lasting.
Clubs in the district are all invited to submit nominations for the Golden Trowel award. Nominees, whether individuals or organizations, do not have to have direct Rotary affiliations. The Board of the Foundation determines the number of awards to be given and appoints a committee to select the nominees. The evaluation form guides the judges through weighted criteria.
Questions asked include, “How essential was the nominee to the success of the project?” “Why was the party’s help so necessary?” and, “What is the nominee’s relationship to the Rotary club?” The form concludes with overall comments by the judge on the nomination.