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Service Above Self

We meet Wednesdays at 12:00 PM
Red Rock Grill & Still
124 S 2nd St
Knoxville, IA  50138
United States
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DG Loring Miller and his wife Phyllis visited Knoxville to energize the club in several ways: District Goals; membership; Foundation; and the 4-way Test.  He used the Presidential Theme - "You are A Gift to The World."

Rotary Club of Knoxville offered three Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) to Riley Fisk, Samantha (Sami) Thompson, and Nolan Crossett. They attend the RYLA conference in July 13-18,2014 along with 172 other high school award recipients from Districts 6000 and 5970.  There were 44 supporting counselors and Rotarians including T. Waldmann-Williams.  The three recipients shared their learnings with Rotarians on July 24.  The picture from left to right is Nolan Crossett, Gary Anderson, T. Waldmann-Williams, Sami Thompson, Riley Fisk, and Riley's mother Helen Wares. This was a life changing experience for many. Gary and T. worked with Kevin Crawford and the high school counselors to select our three award recipients.Image



Rotary Club of Knoxville give 16 scholarships through Dollars for Scholars to 1 Pleasantville student and 15 Knoxville students. Pictured left to right are 1st Row: Margaret (Maggie) Murphy, Brianna Davis, Jordan (Jory) Wallace, Rachel Humeston, and Rachel Worthington.  2nd Row: Kaylea Thill, Rachel Morgan, Brad Shearer, Jamie Hunt, Madison (Maddie) Chrisman, and Marissa Lenger.  3rd Row: Megan Molloy, Brendan Finan, Carolyn (Carrie) Adrian, Chase Higginbotham, and  Brody Dingle.  Our Scholarship Committe included: Mike Lane (chair), Steve Mott, Larry Formanek, Chris Hoegh, Kevin Crawford, and Adam NorrisImage



Thank you to Pennie Sommar and Dave Hoch (Iowa State Savings Bank); Tom Schmeh (Knoxville Raceway); Sara McKay (Cobbelstone Hotel & Suites); Chris Hoegh (Marion County Title Company); and T. Waldmann-Williams (TWW Consulting LLC) for donating to a Rotary Club of Knoxville Basket.   Our basket brought $200 at a live auction.  Rotarian Chris Knapp (Rotary Club of Iowa City AM) and his wife Vernette got the winning bid.  Knapp is a leader and active in our Youth Exchange program. 

Pennie Sommar receives the 2013 Rotary Club of Knoxville Dr. George H. Andrew Service Above Self Award on February 12, 2014.  Ms. Sommar, Vice President - Iowa State Savings Bank, is the ninth recipient of the award.  Sommar generously offers her time and talents in our community by leading and participating in many activities and events for Rotary and community organizations. Pennie spoke lovingly of her father who was her role model. “I learned from my dad.  Although I didn’t understand why he was always gone when I was young, I learned that he continued to give back to our community because he was served by others.  He is my hero and role model.  There is nothing like community helping community.  I get so much from giving.  It’s my way of now giving back.”


Knoxville Rotary Club President, Christine Buttell, presents Harv Sprafka with the George H. Andrew "Service Above Self" award.  The awared was originally conceived in 2005, when Sprafa was servicen as the Club's President.  He wanted to name it after Adnrew because of Andrew's decades of service ot the club and the community.  Andrew passeed away last month.  Sprafka has been a member of Rotary for several years.  He is the former Mayor of Knoxville, former Police Chief and continues to volunteer and serve in various charitable capacities within the Knoxville Community.  Sprafka came to Knoxville in 1975.  He was joined at the awards presentation Wednesday by his family.

photo by Steve Woodhouse, copy courtesy of Knoxville Journal Express



Thirteen high school seniors recognized at the May 11, 2011 Rotary meeting. 





Congratulations to Kathy Cavinss, the George Andrew Service Above Self recepient for 2011



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