Voorhees Breakfast Rotary Club seeks nominations for Community Service Awards

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Inspired by their motto “Service Above Self,” the Voorhees Breakfast Rotary Club has begun a search for others who live by the same credo.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, 2017, during their 8th Annual Community Service Awards Dinner at the Mansion in Voorhees, the club will honor four distinguished individuals for whom “giving back” is a way of life.

“Our Club’s Community Service Awards dinner is one of the highlights of the year,” said Mark Schott, committee chair. “This year we will be honoring individuals in our Citizen, Business Person, First Responder, and Selfless Student categories. We encourage the community to help us to select four worthy recipients for these prestigious awards by sending us their nominations.”

Nomination forms are available by logging onto the club’s website at VoorheesBreakfastRotary.org and clicking on the Press Release tab. Nomination criteria for each category is:

· Voorhees Citizen of the Year: Must be a Voorhees resident, however contributions and impact to society need not be limited to Voorhees Township.

· Voorhees Business Person of Year: Need not be a Voorhees resident, however he or she will be selected based on accomplishments within the Voorhees business community only.

· Voorhees First Responder of the Year Need not be a Voorhees Township resident, however service area must primarily include Voorhees. Examples of First Responder Award candidates include police, fire, rescue, EMT/paramedics and emergency room personnel.

· Voorhees Selfless Student of the Year: Must be either a high school student residing in Voorhees or a student attending Eastern Regional High School. This award is given to a student representing service above self, kindness towards students in need, and a positive role model for the concept of caring about others in the high school they attend.

Completed nomination forms may be sent to the Voorhees Breakfast Rotary Club, P.O. Box 1645, Voorhees, N.J. 08043, Attn: Mark Schott.

Deadline is Sept. 30.

Proceeds from the Annual Community Awards Dinner benefit the Voorhees Breakfast Rotary Club’s numerous local and international service projects.

Chartered in 2001, The Voorhees Breakfast Rotary Club works with many community organizations including Voorhees Elementary and Middle Schools, Eastern High School, Voorhees Pediatric Center, Voorhees Relay for Life, Ronald McDonald House and The Cathedral Kitchen, to name a few.

Club members also contribute their time and energies to countless community service projects including Thanksgiving baskets, dictionaries, school supplies, an annual Voorhees Spring Egg Hunt, Josh the Otter Water Safety programs — and more. Internationally, the Club participates in the Polio Plus program targeting eradication of Polio worldwide; and lends support to an orphanage in Santo Domingo as well as clean water projects in developing nations.

The Voorhees Breakfast Rotary Club meets weekly every Thursday from 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. at the Voorhees Diner at 320 NJ-73 in Voorhees.

For more information about the Voorhees Breakfast Rotary Club or sponsorship opportunities for The Annual Awards Dinner on Jan. 26, contact Chairman Mark Schott at (856) 772–3384 or Club Treasurer Nick Colanzi at (856) 435–6200.