Rotarians hold annual dinner, name Citizen of the Year


By Janet Yeager - For the Coal Valley News



Rotarians and guests who attended the Madison Rotary Club dinner: Front row from left: Judy Foxx, Nada Woodie, Julia Warner, Danny Warner, Della Lewis, Willie J. Lewis. Second row, from left: Randy Foxx, Dan Light, Jenny Light, Connie Warner, Kay Smith, Barbara Parker, “Trish” Price, Jackie Barker, T. R. Barker, Ron Stollings, Janet Yeager. Back row, from left: Larry Woodie, Charlie Warner, Nick Smith, Dan Parker, Larry Lyon, Bill Stone, Nancy Bias, Tom Bias. Also present were Judy Stone, Wilma Lyon, and Tammy Hill.


Danny Warner was chosen the 2016 Madison Rotary Club Citizen of the Year. He is shown receiving the award from Rotary President Nada Woodie, right. At left is Danny’s wife, Julia.


MADISON, W.Va. — The Madison Rotary Club ended its 2015-16 club year with an evening dinner on June16 in the Fellowship Hall of the Madison United Methodist Church where the Rotarians meet each Thursday at noon. President Nada Woodie welcomed fellow members and guests. She thanked the Rotarians for another successful year and gave the following account of club projects completed during her presidency: A Food Drive for the Madison Baptist Church Food Pantry; sent 15 ‘care’ packages to local college students; participated in the Halloween “Trunk or Treat” event in downtown Madison; donated $100 to S.T.A.G.E., a performing arts program in Boone County Schools; participated in Downtown Christmas in Madison; donated $200 to the Rotary International Foundation; held a 5-K Run (fundraiser) in honor of the late R. B. Foster; presented a $1,000 scholarship to six Scott High School graduates.

Special music for the evening was provided by Dan and Jenny Light who gave a great musical program. Jenny recounted her childhood when her father, the late Clarence Tamplin, an outstanding educator and a former superintendent of Boone County Schools, was also a Madison Rotarian.

A tradition since 1995, the Madison Rotary Club has announced a Madison Rotary Club Citizen of the Year at their annual dinner. A worthy citizen in the community is chosen for this award—someone who has made worthwhile contributions to his or her community, an individual who loves and respects fellow citizens, and who is always willing to lend a helping hand when needed.

The Rotarians chose Danny Warner of Madison the 2016 Madison Rotary Club Citizen of the Year. An outstanding citizen, husband, father and grandfather, Danny’s record of compassion and concern for his community more than qualifies him for this prestigious award.

Danny has been a Lions member for 40 years and is a dedicated member of the Danville Area Lions Club. As a fundraiser for their civic projects, the Danville Lions pull their food trailer to many events, and people come from far and wide to enjoy one of Danny’s famous barbeques. He is a member the Madison United Methodist Church and holds the title as the church’s “head chef,” helping prepare and serve Wednesday evening meals to members of the church and the community.

Danny is a member of the Masonic Lodge and Odd Fellows, as well as the REV UP Madison group that works to improve the City of Madison. A retired coal miner, he was active in UMWA Local Union 633. He’s also a retired member of the Danville Volunteer Fire Department where he served for many years.

In addition to all of the above service Danny has served on the Madison City Council for the past eight years.

Danny and his wife, Julia, are proud of their two children, D.J., and Dana Holstein, and grandchildren Kevin and Ryan Neal and Jane Ellen Warner.

Being named the Rotary Citizen of the Year also comes with the honor of becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest recognition given by Rotary International, and named for Paul Harris, a Chicago businessman who founded Rotary in 1905. The Madison club has made a $1,000 donation to the Rotary International Foundation in Danny’s name. Donations to the Foundation are used to provide grants for humanitarian projects in countries around the world.

Founded in the spring of 1925, the Madison Rotary Club is celebrating its 91st anniversary this year. The Madison club is one of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries whose members number 1.22 million. The world’s largest service club organization, Rotary’s mission is to provide humanitarian service and build goodwill and foster peace throughout the world through a range of humanitarian, intercultural and educational programs and projects.

Most often individual Rotary clubs develop their own service programs, however, all Rotarians are united in a global campaign to eradicate polio, Rotary’s primary goal, PolioPlus, a project to immunize all the world’s children against polio, was created in 1985, and to date Rotary has contributed well over $800 million and countless hours of volunteer service to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries.

The Madison club has for many years contributed to PolioPlus and other worthwhile Rotary International projects while also focusing on our local youth through the awarding of scholarships and support of youth leadership programs. Since the beginning of the Madison Rotary Scholarship Program, the club has awarded scholarships totaling in excess of $120,000 to dozens of local youth who have excelled academically and who have an outstanding record of volunteer service, and/or are in need of financial help. Most of the Rotary scholarship recipients have gone on to become very successful in their careers and outstanding leaders in their community.

The Madison Rotary Club appreciates the local community that has generously supported the club’s fundraising efforts for many years. Fundraisers have included pancake breakfasts, auctions, golf outings, musical programs, sports tournaments, 5-K Run, and other projects that fund the scholarship program and other community projects.

Ending her year as president, Nada handed over the gavel to new president, Dan Parker. Other 2016-17 officers are Trina Lester, president-elect; Nadine “Trish” Price, secretary; and Randy Foxx, treasurer.

The Rotarians extends a special thanks to Jacquetta Sheppard for the meals she prepared for the club this year and for the delicious evening meal she and her servers provided.

Danny received a certificate and pin authenticating him a Paul Harris Fellow.

Founded in the spring of 1925, the Madison Rotary Club is celebrating its 91st anniversary this year. The Madison club is one of more than 34,000 Rotary clubs in over 200 countries whose members number 1.22 million. The world’s largest service club organization, Rotary’s mission is to provide humanitarian service and build goodwill and foster peace throughout the world through a range of humanitarian, intercultural and educational programs and projects.

Most often individual Rotary clubs develop their own service programs, however, all Rotarians are united in a global campaign to eradicate polio, Rotary’s primary goal, PolioPlus, a project to immunize all the world’s children against polio, was created in 1985, and to date Rotary has contributed well over $800 million and countless hours of volunteer service to the protection of more than two billion children in 122 countries.

The Madison club has for many years contributed to PolioPlus and other worthwhile Rotary International projects while also focusing on our local youth through the awarding of scholarships and support of youth leadership programs. Since the beginning of the Madison Rotary Scholarship Program, the club has awarded scholarships totaling in excess of $120,000 to dozens of local youth who have excelled academically and who have an outstanding record of volunteer service, and/or are in need of financial help. Most of the Rotary scholarship recipients have gone on to become very successful in their careers and outstanding leaders in their community.

The Madison Rotary Club appreciates the local community that has generously supported the club’s fundraising efforts for many years. Fundraisers have included pancake breakfasts, auctions, golf outings, musical programs, sports tournaments, 5-K Run, and other projects that fund the scholarship program and other community projects.

Ending her year as president, Nada handed over the gavel to new president, Dan Parker. Other 2016-17 officers are Trina Lester, president-elect; Nadine “Trish” Price, secretary; and Randy Foxx, treasurer.

The Rotarians extends a special thanks to Jacquetta Sheppard for the meals she prepared for the club this year and for the delicious evening meal she and her servers provided.

Rotarians and guests who attended the Madison Rotary Club dinner: Front row from left: Judy Foxx, Nada Woodie, Julia Warner, Danny Warner, Della Lewis, Willie J. Lewis. Second row, from left: Randy Foxx, Dan Light, Jenny Light, Connie Warner, Kay Smith, Barbara Parker, “Trish” Price, Jackie Barker, T. R. Barker, Ron Stollings, Janet Yeager. Back row, from left: Larry Woodie, Charlie Warner, Nick Smith, Dan Parker, Larry Lyon, Bill Stone, Nancy Bias, Tom Bias. Also present were Judy Stone, Wilma Lyon, and Tammy Hill.
http://coalvalleynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Rotary-Citizen-of-the-Year-2016-D.-Warner-029-CMYK.jpgRotarians and guests who attended the Madison Rotary Club dinner: Front row from left: Judy Foxx, Nada Woodie, Julia Warner, Danny Warner, Della Lewis, Willie J. Lewis. Second row, from left: Randy Foxx, Dan Light, Jenny Light, Connie Warner, Kay Smith, Barbara Parker, “Trish” Price, Jackie Barker, T. R. Barker, Ron Stollings, Janet Yeager. Back row, from left: Larry Woodie, Charlie Warner, Nick Smith, Dan Parker, Larry Lyon, Bill Stone, Nancy Bias, Tom Bias. Also present were Judy Stone, Wilma Lyon, and Tammy Hill.

Danny Warner was chosen the 2016 Madison Rotary Club Citizen of the Year. He is shown receiving the award from Rotary President Nada Woodie, right. At left is Danny’s wife, Julia.
http://coalvalleynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Rotary-Citizen-of-the-Year-2016-D.-Warner-031-CMYK.jpgDanny Warner was chosen the 2016 Madison Rotary Club Citizen of the Year. He is shown receiving the award from Rotary President Nada Woodie, right. At left is Danny’s wife, Julia.

By Janet Yeager

For the Coal Valley News

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