Date:  6/30/2020
Contact: Tami Beard, President, Grand Junction Rotary, 970-640-4097
               Peter Booth, Immediate Past President, Grand Junction Rotary, 503-551-6117
Merritt Kinsey Named Rotarian of the Year
Grand Junction, CO – The Rotary Club of Grand Junction named Merritt Kinsey its “Rotarian of the Year” at the club’s fiscal year end meeting on June 24.
The Rotarian of the Year was established in 2000 and is awarded to a Rotarian for outstanding service and unselfish effort in furthering the ideals of the Rotary way of life. The recipient exemplifies the Rotary motto “Service above Self.” This year’s Rotarian, Merritt Kinsey surpasses those criteria beyond measure.
In presenting this honor, Club President Peter Booth said, “Merritt Kinsey has been a stalwart member of the Rotary Club of Grand Junction since he joined in 1980.  Year in and year out, no matter the project or program, you always see Merritt pitching in and often leading the way.
 In addition to volunteering for many ongoing projects, Merritt’s contributions to Rotary and the community at large include: Service as Club President (2015-16); Paul Harris Fellow +8; Major Rotary Foundation Donor; and the Club’s Rotary International Annual Fund Chair.  In addition, Merritt is the standup bass player in The King N’ Trio musical group which has performed countless benefit concerts for Rotary and many other community organizations.   This is the second time Merritt has won “Rotarian of the Year.”  The first award was for his contributions through the King N’ Trio.
In presenting the award President Booth said, “For all that Merritt has done for Rotary International , the community and for our Club, we are humbled and honored to recognize Merritt Kinsey as the Rotary Club of Grand Junction Rotarian of the Year for 2020.
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