Every year, the Rotarian of the Year Committee meets to identify and honor a member of the Rotary Club of China Lake who exemplifies the Rotary Motto of Service Above Self.
 
This year, in addition to selecting a Rotarian of the Year to be awarded in a few weeks, the committee created a new award for a Rotarian who has not received Rotarian of the Year, but through steady, quiet effort over a lifetime, has upheld, supported, and promoted the Rotary Club of China Lake.
 
The award is named after the Rotary Club of China Lake's Charter President LCdr L.J. “Jack” Goddard, who served as President in Rotary Year 1951-1952.  He was the Public Information Officer for the Naval Ordinance Test Station, and resided on Essex Circle, China Lake.
 
After his year as Club President, Charter President Jack Goddard made some parting remarks as recorded in the Desert Spoke.  In them he thanked the Club:
 
     “I wish to extend my sincere appreciation for the wonderful spirit and the splendid cooperation you have all given me toward getting this very new and very young Rotary Club on it’s Rotary feet and helping this Rotary Club to live, and to carry into effect, the spirit and the ideals of Rotary.”
 
Today’s the first ever LCdr L.J. “Jack” Goddard Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Al Alvarado.
 
Al joined the Rotary Club of China Lake on June 26, 1977, a quarter century after the charter of the Club.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow, a member of the Bequest and Paul Harris Societies, and a Past President of this Club.  For 43 years Al has, without hesitation, upheld, supported, and promoted the Rotary Club of China Lake, both through his labors in service projects; his generous donations to Club fundraisers, especially the Scholarship Auctions, and through his service as Club President in Rotary Year 1986-1987.
 
Al Alvarado, the Rotarian of the Year Committee would like to extend to you their sincere appreciation for helping this Rotary Club to live, and to continue to carry into effect, the spirit and ideals of Rotary.  Well done sir, and well deserved.