(Neenah, Wis.) – For more than 20 years, the Neenah Rotary Club has recognized students, community leaders and club members who have demonstrated service to others and our community.  The Club recently presented its community and club service awards during its annual Changing of the Guard dinner at the Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel.  

Lucas Unruh, a recent graduate of St. Mary’s Central High School and Lauren VanderMause and Ethan Weinaug, both recent graduates of Neenah High School were presented with the Service Above Self Youth Award.  This award is presented annually to graduating high school seniors who have clearly demonstrated Service Above Self in their lives.  Individuals are nominated by their respective schools and then selected after a paper review and oral interview by Neenah Rotarians.  Youth award winners receive a $1,500 scholarship to be used for their future education.

Jan Williams was honored with the Service Above Self Adult award.  This award is presented to a Neenah-area adult, who is not a member of the Club, and who best represents the idea of community action.  Nominees are chosen on the basis of their outstanding community service and other activities which help the community and those who live in it. Williams has provided countless hours of leadership and commitment to the Neenah High School Basketball Booster Club and Future Neenah’s 3-on-3 Streetball event.

The Jack R. Grist Club Service Award recognizes a Neenah Rotary Club member who epitomizes service and whose values reflect the ideals of Rotary International. Raymond Smith was presented with the award for his years of service and commitment. 

Founded in 1925, the Neenah Rotary Club is a service organization of about 100 business and professional men and women united in fellowship world-wide who conduct local and international humanitarian projects, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations and work towards understanding and peace.  The club meets weekly on Thursday at Noon at the Holiday Inn Neenah Riverwalk.  To learn more, visit www.neenahrotary.org.