The Liberty Rotary Club honors a member of the club each year that exudes and amplifies the Rotary motto "Service Above Self".  The Rotarian of the year is named after long time member Sam Chapman who was a Rotarian for most of his life and lived the principles of Rotary daily.  The honor this year goes to Jodi Sundaram who will also be the President-Elect for the 2018-19 year.
A Native of Northern Minnesota, Jodi Moved to Wisconsin at the age of 19 and worked in the petroleum equipment industry until 2013 before moving to Kansas City, MO.  Married to Mani Sundaram and have three sons, Ryan, Lane & Bryce and a stepdaughter Jordan. 
Jodi was invited to attend a “free” luncheon by a fellow business networking partner and had no idea what Rotary was all about.  After her first meeting she knew immediately that this was an organization she wanted to get involved with.  The service above self was a huge draw for her as she thinks that is how we should all approach life and our fellow man.  She felt very welcome in the group and enjoyed the open/casual environment that the chapter has developed over the years.  She also was thrilled to see that they start the meetings with the pledge of allegiance and a prayer.  She was raised in a very strong Christian home and it truly warmed her heart to have that be part of a business type meeting.  Also, since she was relatively new to the area she also felt it would be a good way to get involved with her community, get to know local business owners and be able to give back and help others at the same time. 
Jodi has worked with a non-profit organization in Wisconsin for 20 years (MACC – Midwest Athlete’s against childhood cancer) and has a huge passion for this type of fund raising.  Jodi became involved with the Thomas P. O’Sullivan Foundation three years ago and began chairing their annual fund raiser (The Tom O’Sullivan Golf Classic) two years ago.  The marketing/sales side of that world is a great blend with her strong personality that tends to not take no for an answer and brings great personal satisfaction knowing that she is helping raise money for a great cause and helping others. 
Jodi was selected as the Liberty Sam Chapman Rotarian of the year due to her living the Rotary motto “Service Above Self” all year long.  Jodi has participated in every club event, service activity, fundraising and personally brought on many new members to share the story of Rotary and the Liberty Rotary Club community spirit specifically.  The honor is truly earned, and Jodi is our Rotarian of the year.