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GOLDEN WHEEL AWARDS
2022 Guidelines

The Rotary Golden Wheel Award recognizes outstanding non-Rotarians who best exemplify “Service Above Self” and the “Four-Way Test.” The Golden Wheel concept is inspired by the Rotary Wheel, which symbolizes passion, excellence and service. Golden Wheel awards honor persons who make significant contributions to their communities through their time, actions, talents and dedication (outside of any volunteer work done for their employer). Honorees are role models for service in making our communities and state better.

Eligibility
Any community member of any age may be nominated apart from current Rotary club members.

Criteria
Persons being nominated for the Golden Wheel award will have consistently demonstrated qualities of service to either one organization or a variety of volunteer activities in one year. The charitable activities, events or services listed in the nomination cannot be part of the nominee’s job description or duties and the individual cannot receive any monetary or personal benefits from their involvement.
 
Process
1. Rotary Club Presidents appoint a Golden Wheel award committee (or utilize an existing awards committee).
2. Members of Rotary Clubs in District 5650 nominate any non-Rotarian who meets the criteria (see criteria description above and judging criteria below).
3. The award committee for each club will review nominations and select one Golden Wheel for their club to recognize at the District 5650 dinner on April 1, 2023.
4. Names of honorees should be submitted no later than February 1, 2023, to Mari Lane Gewecke at LaneGewecke@gmail.com.
5. Club members are encouraged to attend the dinner with the honoree and fund their dinner and one guest.
6. Golden Wheel Award nominees will be recognized at the Rotary District Conference dinner.
 
Judging Criteria
•  The degree to which the nominee’s services/actions have made a lasting or meaningful contribution or impact on their community – 40%
•  The length and degree of their service(s) – 20%
•  The extent to which their service or action might be considered above and beyond the call of duty – 20%
•  The extent to which their action would be recognized and valued by their peers/community leaders – 20%
 
 
Jennifer Jones, Rotary International’s first female president, is the perfect leader to spread the word about the good Rotary does in the world, and inspire its members to keep going. At a training seminar for Rotary club presidents-elect at a Dallas-area hotel in February, sergeants-at-arms wearing yellow vests and Stetsons lead participants, grouped by Rotary district, into a small room for a photo op with 2022-23 Rotary International President Jennifer Jones. As the groups enter, the club leaders mob Jones — the room a flurry of handshakes, fist bumps, hugs, and the occasional squeal. For each photo, the Stetson-clad Rotarians (nicknamed "Rangers") give instructions on who should stand where, then Jones, who is seated front-row center, stands up, turns around, and warms up the crowd. "Is this the best district?" she asks one. She challenges a district to dance, busting a groove on the tan and gray patterned hotel carpet. Another, she teases, is the best looking. And then there's the "party" district, whose members give a raucous cheer. Read more, click here.
June 28, 2022, Rotary 14 Year-end Awards. Recently, President Christina Usher awarded the most coveted award at Rotary, the Rotarian of the Year Award, to Steve Glenn. Steve has been a Rotarian for 35 years and he has served as President at Rotary 14. Steve is the Chairman of the Board and Founder of Executive Travel. Steve is a 1979 graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and played football as an offensive tackle under Coach Tom Osborne. During the recent Ukraine crisis, Steve maximized his business contacts in Europe by providing hotel accommodation to Ukrainian refugees in Poland, most are women and children. Steve thanked all Rotarians who contributed to helping the refugees in Poland. Congratulations, Steve!
 
Rotarian of the Year Steve Glenn receives his award plaque from President Christina Usher, witnessed by Rotarians, President-Elect John Gessert, and IPP Eric Drumheller
June 28, 2022, Rotary 14 Year-end Awards. Recently, President Christina Usher presented the highest honor bestowed to a new Rotarian, the Rookie of the Year Award, to Diane Mendenhall. Diane served as co-chair of the Program Committee which is tasked to identify and vet weekly speakers at Rotary. The weekly speaker is an essential part of our weekly meetings handled by the Program Committee. Coming out of the pandemic, it was important for members to have a conversation with community and business leaders. Diane played a critical role in ensuring we had the best speakers every week.
 
Diane Mendenhall works at the Lincoln Community Foundation in May of 2020 as Vice President for Gift Planning. In this role, Diane assists donors in developing a meaningful and strategic approach to help meet their present and future philanthropic goals, and in turn, help build a great city. Congratulations, Diane!
 
Rookie of the Year Diane Mendenhall receives her award plaque from President Christina Usher
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