“I think this nomination speaks to how highly regarded the two of you are in this community. This is a very big award and we’re proud, because we’re a service organization, people like you live in this community.”
— Craig Rotarian Gene Bilodeau about the nomination of Gail Severson and Robin Schiffbauer as the first Bill and Nancy Muldoon Humanitarians of the Year.
There are people in this world who are committed to helping others.
while the motivation for some doesn’t always align with their good intentions, there are plenty of others who dedicate their time simply because it is the right thing to do.
Craig residents Gail Severson and Robin Schiffbauer fit into the latter category. The duo was honored Saturday by the Craig Rotary Club as the first ever Bill and Nancy Muldoon Humanitarians of the Year.
Though the award was officially presented during the Rotary's Diamonds & Spurs event, Severson and Schiffbauer learned they had been selected earlier this month during a Rotary Club breakfast at the Holiday Inn of Craig.
Severson and Schiffbauer, who are not Rotary Club members, were lured to the monthly meeting under false pretenses.
“I thought they invited us (to the breakfast) because they wanted us to join the club,” Severson said. “They did a really good job of keeping it a secret, and Robin and I were really surprised when they gave us the award.”
Craig Rotarians created the Bill and Nancy Muldoon Humanitarian Award for two purposes — to honor the Craig residents for a lifetime of humanitarian service all around the world and to annually recognize locals who embody Rotary’s ideal of “service above self.”
Severson and Schiffbauer were chosen as the inaugural recipients for establishing and successfully running for more than four years the Community Kitchen at St. Michael Catholic Church.
It was a decision Craig Rotarian Gene Bilodeau said was easy to make.
“We were pleased this first year because it is such an impressive award, but as some people know from working on award projects it’s easy to go back and forth between candidates,” said Gene Bilodeau. “For our first time out the gate it was really simple.”
During the breakfast earlier this month Bilodeau shared a portion of the nomination application submitted by an anonymous Moffat County resident. It reads:
“This program gives participants the opportunity to have at least two very good meals a week. Another benefit of this program is it provides a venue for people to socialize and interact with others. For some this is as important as the meal.
“People benefit from knowing others care about them and their well being. It’s sad to think we have such a need in our community, but through the efforts of Gail and Robin we have community members whose lives are a little brighter each week.”
“I think this nomination speaks to how highly regarded the two of you are in this community,” Bilodeau said. “This is a very big award and we’re proud, because we’re a service organization, people like you live in this community.”
But Severson and Schiffbauer are quick to shy from the spotlight, saying its takes an army of more than 50 volunteers and generous contributions from the community to feed the more than 150 residents who receive lunch every Tuesday and dinner every Thursday at the Community Kitchen.
“We’ve been so fortunate in community because we have so many ranchers and businesses that donate food,” Schiffbauer said. “It seems like every time our coffers start running a little empty we get an influx of meat or the college, the Boys and Girls Club, or somebody will run a canned food drive that I don’t even know about.
Joe Moylan can be reached at 875-1794 or firstname.lastname@example.org