Craig Rotary wins big at conference

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Awards were heaped on the Craig Rotary Club at the District 5440 Annual Conference in Scottsbluff, Neb., including the highest honor for any club in the four-state District.

The Sam Portner Outstanding Achievement Award is awarded to the club in the District that has attained distinguished performance in numerous key areas during the year.

Club President Bill Muldoon accepted the traveling and permanent trophies from past district governor Charles Peterson, who commented that Craig, being one of the smaller clubs in the District, set an excellent example.

Craig won the Rotary Foundation Award, presented to the club with the highest per-capita contribution to The Rotary Foundation. The District goal was for each club to have an average donation of at least $50 per member. Craig's per-capita contribution was $136, $20 higher than the second-place winner.

The Rotary Foundation is the funding mechanism for student exchange programs, health and welfare grants, scholarships and a variety of service activities worldwide.

The Craig Rotary Club was also honored for having the largest percentage of membership growth in the year. Craig membership increased by 30 percent. The second largest club growth was 8.3 percent, and the District goal was a net increase of five members per club in the 46-club District.

Twenty-five clubs were honored with Presidential Club Citations for exceeding goals in four service areas: International, Club, Community and Vocational Service. Craig was one of the recipients.

Muldoon shared the trophies with the membership before stepping down as president, relinquishing the gavel to incoming president, Marilyn Bouldin, who is the director of community care with the Visiting Nurse Association. Bouldin outlined her vision for areas of service for the club in 2001-2002, and encouraged members to offer their guidance.

"We are privileged to be able to practice Rotary's motto of 'Service Above Self,' both locally and worldwide," she said.

Following Bouldin's remarks, membership chair Celine Derick inducted the newest Craig Rotarian, Keith Antonson.

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