Stuart Palmer of the Rotary Club of Jackson Hole was selected to receive the 2020-21 Service Above Self Award by the Rotary International Board of Directors. This award is considered Rotary International’s highest honor to bestow on a Rotarian and is only awarded to 150 recipients per year worldwide. This award recognizes Rotarians who demonstrate Rotary’s motto, Service Above Self, by volunteering their time and talents to help others.
Stuart has been a Rotarian for over 34 years, serving as District Governor for Rotary District 5440 in 2008-2009. He has worked on many local and international projects, including two medical clinics in Brigui, Sao Paulo, Brazil; water projects in three schools in Grahamstown, South Africa; a van for cancer detection in Tlaxcala, Mexico; and two clean water projects at the Center of the Secret of Peace in Rwanda.
Locally, Stuart continues to be an active member of his church, works on reading projects in local schools, cooks for the homeless shelter, and volunteers assisting patients at the hospital. Stuart is a tireless fundraiser who has successfully raised money for the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, where he served as Chairman of the Board. He is also a significant donor and enthusiastic supporter of the Rotary Foundation, which is committed to doing good globally, including the eradication of polio.
Stuart and his wife Susie make their home in Jackson Hole and have three daughters. Stuart has a genuine heart for service and continues to give to his Rotary Club, the Jackson Hole community and the world by his generous giving of himself. He actively helps others through Rotary and truly exemplifies Service Above Self. He is a shining light and inspires everyone around him to do their best.
“We are thrilled to see Stuart recognized for his many service projects and his commitment to Rotary locally and throughout the world,” says Rotary Club of Jackson Hole President Melissa Turley. “Over 34 years, Stuart has put service above self to better our community and those across the globe, from clean water to reading projects locally, and his contributions have better lives. Our local club is honored to have him as a member and example.”