Demonstrating Service Above Self in Lakewood, Colorado since 1967

The Lakewood Foothills Rotary Club Vocational Service Award will be presented by our Club to someone in our community who exemplifies the values of Rotary International in their vocation. Our award specifically recognizes a school employee within the City of Lakewood who involves students in doing community service. The opportunity to nominate someone is open to all high schools within Lakewood – public, private, and parochial – serving grades 9-12 or 10-12.

Why have we chosen to recognize a school employee for this award? An employee working with students on service projects is nearly always going above and beyond their designated responsibilities and is making a special commitment through the extra time and effort involved. Such behavior aligns with Rotary International’s motto Service Above Self. By fostering a culture of service on the part of students, the employee’s efforts “pay forward” the ethic of service for countless future residents and leaders in our community and beyond.

The nomination is a very simple process of describing why your school employee should be considered for the award. If your school is interested in participating we ask that you contact one of us via an email sent to  by February 19, 2016 indicating the name and contact information of the person responsible for the nomination process.

Once we have heard that you are interested, we will establish a connection with the contact person at your school. We will provide a more detailed description of the simple process for nominating one of your employees for the award. 

The award will go to an employee selected from those who are nominated by April 8, 2016. The selection of one recipient will be made by members of the Lakewood Foothills Rotary Club. The award includes recognition by the Lakewood Foothills Rotary Club and a $500 monetary donation from our sponsor, Office Liquidators. The monetary portion of the award will be contributed to the service project and not the employee nor the students. The purpose of the funds is to increase the impact on the beneficiary of the service project.

We will make a very brief presentation of the award at a school event of your choosing, such as an awards assembly, where the audience will learn about the following: the efforts of the employee recipient, the students and their service, the beneficiary of the service, and Office Liquidators’ donation to the latter.



Rotary International defines Vocational Service as follows:

 Vocational Service encourages Rotarians to serve others through their vocations, to practice high ethical standards, and to recognize non-Rotarians in their community who do likewise.

Previous Award Winners

2015 David Maeding, Green Mtn High School, Hyrdroponic food production for Action Center.

2016 Barry Meyer, Denver Christian High School, Hope Buddies - mentoring young students at the Hope Center Program


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