MADISON — Nadine Patricia “Trish” Price has been selected as the 2015 Citizen of the Year by the Madison Rotary Club. The announcement was made Thursday evening, June 11, during the club’s annual dinner.
Annually since 1995, the Madison Rotary Club has chosen an individual for this honor who has exhibited outstanding community service and a willingness to lend a helping hand whenever and wherever needed to benefit others. In introducing her, Rotarian Dr. Ron Stollings referred to “Trish’s” work and dedication in various areas including her church, the community, and her family. Her service and volunteerism includes PTA, and she is a tireless worker with the REV UP group that works to beautify and revitalize the City of Madison.
“She is certainly deserving of this award, “Stollings said.
In thanking the Rotarians for the honor, “Trish” described herself as a “professional volunteer” who enjoys helping make her community a better place to live. “I am truly honored to receive this award,” she said.
The distinction of being selected Rotary Citizen of the Year brings another honor of being named a Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow. The award is named for Paul Harris, a Chicago businessman who founded Rotary more than 100 years ago. The Madison club has donated $1,000 to the Rotary International Foundation in “Trish’s” name, and she received a Paul Harris Fellow medallion, certificate, and pin recognizing her for this distinguished award.
The Rotary Foundation funds various humanitarian projects in the United States and in countries around the world. The world’s largest service organization, Rotary clubs number over 34,000 with more than 1.2 million members in 200 countries. Rotary’s mission is to provide humanitarian service and build goodwill and foster peace throughout the world through humanitarian, intercultural and educational programs and projects.
Celebrating its 90th birthday this year, the Madison Rotary Club was founded in the spring of 1925 by a group of local business and professional individuals who saw a need for community service. The club meets every Thursday at noon in the Madison United Methodist Church to continue the tradition of service initiated by that first group of Rotarians.
While most Rotary clubs develop their own service programs, all Rotarians are united in a global campaign to eradicate polio, Rotary’s primary goal. The Madison club has for many years contributed to this project that has immunized more than 800 million children in 122 countries and currently is very close to eradicating this terrible disease worldwide.
In addition to contributing to PolioPlus and other Rotary International projects, the Madison club has for many years focused on local youth by awarding scholarships to deserving graduates as well as encouraging youth leadership. Since beginning the Madison Rotary Club Scholarship Program, the club has awarded scholarships totaling in excess of $120,000 to dozens of area youth who have excelled academically and who have a record of community service. Need is also taken into consideration when processing the scholarship applications.
Thanks to the community for generously supporting the Madison Rotary Club’s fund raising efforts over the years that have helped make scholarships and other worthwhile projects possible, and have included pancake breakfasts, auctions, golf outings, musical programs, sports tournaments, Rubber Ducky races, 5K Run, and more.
During the dinner event, President Mark Linville recognized officers and club members for outstanding service to the club. Receiving recognition were Secretary Dan Parker and Treasurer Randy Foxx. Nick Smith, who served as club president in 2013-14, was recognized as the club’s 2015 Outstanding Rotarian of the Year. Nick chaired a successful recent 5K Run/Walk fundraiser in memory of the late Rotarian R. B. Foster.
The Madison Rotary Club congratulates “Trish” Price on receiving the Citizen of the Year recognition, and Nick Smith for being named Outstanding Madison Rotarian.
President Linville presided at the dinner, but later turned over the gavel to Nada Woodie, the incoming Rotary president. Other officers for the 2015-16 club year are Randy Foxx, treasurer, and Dan Parker, secretary.
The club welcomed guest speaker Mike Browning, regional representative for U. S. Senator Joe Manchin, who was unable to attend the meeting. Browning brought greetings from Senator Manchin and described some of the issues the Senator is addressing including prescription drug abuse, and the over reach of the EPA regarding regulations that threaten loss of jobs. He commended the Madison Rotarians for their many years of service in bettering their community.
Browning lives near Danville and travels daily to several counties, representing Senator Manchin, listening and talking to the Senator’s constituents in those areas.