May 17, 2017

The Rotary International Significant Achievement Award recognizes outstanding Rotary club projects that address the most pressing needs of their local communities. These projects illustrate Rotary’s avenue of Community Service in action and they provide successful models for other Rotary clubs to replicate.

Presentation remarks by 7190 District Governor, John Mucha, at the Youth Recognition Awards Ceremony on 5/17/17.

"As some of you know, last year was my first time attending this wonderful recognition ceremony. I was just blown away by it and I was so impressed that your club has done this for so many years. Brian Barr sent me the great article that Susan Morse wrote about the youth recognition awards and I kept it in my files.

In February, I received a notice that Rotary International was taking nominations for a special award, called the Significant Achievement Award. The District Governor could nominate only one club from their district. The award would recognize outstanding Rotary club projects that address the most pressing needs of their local communities. The projects are to illustrate Rotary’s avenue of Community Service in action and provide successful models for other Rotary clubs to replicate.

I immediately thought of the Albany Youth Recognition Awards, I pulled out Susan’s beautiful article, plagiarized it as best I could and entered your club for a Significant Achievement Award. I was told that the entry would be reviewed by the Rotary International President’s appointed selection committee. And I waited.

Last Friday I received an email from the RI Awards team indicating that they determined that Albany Rotary Club has made a meaningful impact in the life of your community, that your project represents the very best work in our district and the Rotary world, and that you have been selected to receive the Rotary International Significant Achievement Award for 2017.

Ladies and Gentlemen, I am very proud to present this award to the Albany Rotary Club, signed by President John Germ and myself. Congratulations on a wonderful community project and tradition!"

   DG John Mucha         Event Chair Brian Barr     Club President Bill Hempel