It is with great pleasure the Waconia Carver West Rotary announces the 2021-22 "Service Above Self award is naturalist Jim Gilbert. He is pictured with his wife at the Dinner event of 7 Apr.
Joe Gifford: Recipient of our “Service Above Self” Award
The Waconia-West Caver Rotary announces that Joe Gifford is the Rotary’s Service Above Self Award recipient for 2021. Joe Gifford epitomizes the words of author Elizabeth Andrew: “Volunteers do not necessarily have the time, they just have the heart; by visualizing the impossible, they begin to see the possibilities.”
photos of the golfing event at (2021: June Golfing Event)
Click on the "read more" button below for more info on Joe and this award . .
Our Club has been able to support our community and its organizations at a level of about $13,000 each year over the past 4 years, along with our annual road cleanup on Highway 5 just east of Waconia. Organizations such as Treehouse Youth Outreaach, the Carver Co. Historical Society, Auburn Homes, District 110 schools, WeCab Transportation, and the Waconia Food Shelf have been some of the recipients from our annual Nickle Dickle duck races, Gourmet Wine Dinner, and flower fundraisers. More detail is provided below.
Our Club has supported many international projects through the years: last year a large effort with other clubs and Rotary International (both monetarily and member involvement) was on the Tenwek Dental Clinic in Kenya. Additionally, over the last year and previous years we have supported programs such as the Rotary Polio Plus program, Shelter Box, as well as  dental, medical, water, and child support projects in Africa, India and Central America. We have used funds from our annual Nickle Dickle duck races, Gourmet Wine Dinner, and flower fundraisers. Specific projects from 2013 to the present are listed below under "read more."
2021: the Waconia-West Carver Rotary Club announces two “Service Above Self” scholarships (no STRIVE scholarships this year due to COVID)
Service Above Self:
Melissa Honnold, shown at left, was 1 of 2 “Service Above Self “scholarship winners of $1000. The other winner was Carrigan Dock (no picture).  Winners nominated for volunteer work and community service. Melissa is planning on attending College of St. Benedict, near St. Cloud, Minnesota, majoring in sports medicince, with an overall goal of becoming a medical doctor. Carrigan is intending to attend the University of Minnesota and major in material science and engineering. (See "read more" below for further information.)
Jeri Bowers: Recipient of “Service Above Self” Award
Jeri Bowers is a woman passionate about making the lives of others better, of creating feelings of dignity and self-worth in youth who haven’t always been given that opportunity. She makes a difference in their lives. That is the reason she has been selected as this year’s recipient of the Waconia-West Carver Rotary Service Above Self award.
The award was presented at the 19th annual Rotary Gourmet Wine Dinner held at Vandy’s in Waconia on Jan. 18, 2020. The evening consisted of a five-course gourmet meal prepared by some of the area’s stellar chefs, silent and live auction item as well as the awarding of the Service Above Self award.
Nickle Dickle Day--Waconia's annual town festival--will be here Saturday, September 14th . . . one of the main events is the Waconia West Carver Rotary Duck Races!
It's a major fundraiser for our club--funds earned from business sponsorships go right back into our community, so please consider sponsoring this fun-filled event by requesting a duck:
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