Recently, the Fernandina Beach Rotary Club celebrated the end of another successful year with a gathering at the home of President-Elect Dr. David Page and his wife Kim where Rotarians and family members enjoyed a barbecue spread catered by The Grill Sergeant. The club’s outgoing president, Shannon Brown, provided a recap of the many local and international projects the club completed this year, including two successful fundraisers netting $15,000 for college scholarships and $3,000 for the Nassau County Humane Society. She noted that, through its annual Dictionary Project, the club has now distributed more than 5,000 dictionaries to third graders throughout Nassau County. The club also held three blood drives, assisted at the Special Olympics Summer Games, hosted another exciting Rotary Magic excursion to Disney World for 24 third graders and sponsored two Rotary Youth Exchange students to experience life in the U.S. and one local student who spent the year in Turkey . The club’s international projects included financial support for an Engineers Without Borders water project in Bolivia as well as a 100 percent funding commitment by club members to the Rotary Foundation, which strives to improve the quality of life for children and families worldwide.

The highlight of the evening was the presentation of special awards in recognition of the commitment and hard work of three club members. Vince Cavallo was awarded “Rotarian of the Year” in recognition of his long service as club secretary and work on numerous club projects. Pamela Crouser received the “Service Above Self” award for her exceptional effort in securing sponsorships for the Harlem Ambassadors fundraiser and Maurine Lenahan received the first-ever “Rookie of the Year” award in honor of her willingness to jump into several projects in her first year as a club member.