Arcadia Rotary’s Installation Banquet, held to install Tony Parrille as the club’s new President, included announcing our Club’s annual award winners:
Ernest E. Jensen “Service to Youth Award” –
Past recipient Frank Griffith presented the award which was established in honor of Past District Governor Ernie Jensen and is presented for past or present service to youth. The first award was presented for the 1997-98 Rotary year. This year’s recipient became involved in Scouting in 2003 as Den Leader when his oldest son was in 1st grade. He launched the Venture Crew program and was awarded Scouting’s highest award, the Silver Beaver, in 2015. He is a member of the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America’s honor society. He is also on the board of the Greater Los Angeles Council and is a police officer, attorney, and a realtor. The Ernest E. Jensen “Service to Youth Award” was presented to Jack McRae.
John R. Fee “New Member Award” –
Glenn Oyoung, last year’s recipient, presented the award which honors Past District Governor John Fee and is presented to an outstanding new member. This year’s recipient was born in New York City but has been an Arcadia resident for 43 years. He graduated from USC and has been a member of Arcadia Rotary for three years. During that time, he has been active with many club projects including Special Olympics, Arbor Day, Day at the Races, and is the incoming Program Chair. The John R. Fee “New Member Award” was presented to Jim Pontello.
Alton E. Scott “Community Service Award” –
Past recipient Ken Mallory presented this award, since last year’s winner Brian Hall was out of town, which honors Past District Governor Alton Scott and is presented in recognition of outstanding community service. This year’s recipient likes beer, the Dodgers, and Little League. His father owns a business on the Rose Parade route and he is the announcer with a special affection for the parade “pooper scoopers.” The Alton E. Scott “Community Service Award” was presented to John Wilson.
H.T. Michler “Rotarian Award” –
Ed Beranek, last year’s recipient presented the award which honors Past District Governor H.T. Michler and is presented in recognition of a history of outstanding work for the betterment of Rotary and the community. This year’s recipient was born in 1956, graduated from the University of Maryland, and joined Arcadia Rotary in 1990. He was President of Arcadia Rotary in 1997-98 and has been involved in many aspects of the club for many years. He has been editor of the High Gear for numerous years, participated in and planned Rotary Amigos, serves on the Rose Float Committee, and has hosted the Rotary International President for the Rose Parade. He is married to Barbara and has a daughter Nicole. The H.T. Michler “Rotarian Award” was presented to Ray Bushnell.