Rotary Club wins Silver Bell Award

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melpowellBY MEL POWELL

The Rotary Club of Sherman Oaks Sunset, in its first full Rotary year, was awarded the Silver Bell as Rotary District 5260′s Best Medium-Sized Club of 2008-2009. The Bell was presented to PDG Nancy Schmidt, President of the Club, at the District Conference at Pierpont Inn in Ventura on May 16, 2009.

Also winning a Silver Bell were the Rotary Club of Woodland Hills (large-sized) and the Rotary Club of Crescenta Valley (small-sized).

Angela Clair, Don Turner, Club President Nancy Schmidt (a past Fernando Award winner), Yoko Matsui, Rotary District 5260 Governor Connie Cashin, Mel Powell, Joan Wismer, Sondra Frohlich (mostly hidden), Miriam Reyes, Elaine Levitt, and Joe Love. Photo: John Alexander

Angela Clair, Don Turner, Club President Nancy Schmidt (a past Fernando Award winner), Yoko Matsui, Rotary District 5260 Governor Connie Cashin, Mel Powell, Joan Wismer, Sondra Frohlich (mostly hidden), Miriam Reyes, Elaine Levitt, and Joe Love. Photo: John Alexander

Sherman Oaks Sunset received first-place blue ribbons for the Best Total Program in three of the five Areas of Service, honored for its work in Community, International, and Club Service. The Club was also awarded second place for Best Total Program in Youth Service, and third place for Best Total Program in Vocational Service.

“We’re proud of our Club’s accomplishments this past year, but our competition isn’t other Rotary Clubs. Our competition is polio, and malaria, and poverty, and illiteracy,” said Schmidt. “We’re proud of the fine service work every Rotary Club in the District provided this year to the community and the world, and we’re honored to be among these great Clubs and Rotarians.”

The Club was also honored with first-place ribbons for specific projects in four of the five avenues of service. For International Service, the Club has saved more than 50,000 square feet of rain forest and provided health care and food through daily “Rotary Clicks” on thehungersite.com and its sibling sites. For Club Service, the Club was recognized for finding and showing two 1950s episodes of the classic game show “What’s My Line” featuring Rotarians. For Youth Service, the Club taught sixth-graders how to “Say Hello,” thank you, peace, love, and please in different languages, in a project that enjoyed the participation of Rotary Clubs all over the world. Finally, in Community Service, Sherman Oaks Sunset was awarded a blue ribbon for its H2Oaks Clean, Clear Water Festival, a major outdoor environmental event.

The Club also received “Honorable Mention” in Community Service for providing cupcakes at the annual A. Richard Grossman Burn Center Survivor’s Reunion Dinner. Another “Honorable Mention” ribbon recognized the efforts of the Club, and specifically Honorary Member Yoko Matsui, for serving as cultural and linguistic liaison to the Group Study Exchange team from District 5260 that visited Japan, and the visitors from District 2780 in Japan who then came to California.

Special Merit ribbons were awarded for the Club’s website and for its monthly bulletin, “SOS Rotarian.”

Schmidt noted, “We appreciate the recognition, but we also understand that we’ve set the bar high and we intend to do even better in the coming Rotary year. We hope all other Clubs in our District and in the world leave us in the dust, because that will mean we have all helped a lot more people and made an even bigger difference.”

Mel Powell is the President-Elect of the Rotary Club of Sherman Oaks Sunset, and the Immediate Past President of the Sherman Oaks Chamber of Commerce.  He is an Independent Associate with Pre-Paid Legal Services, Inc., a Certified Identity Theft Specialist, and a licensed attorney. Contact him at rotarymelpowell@aol.com
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