2019 Excalibur and Excelsior Awards
     Congratulations to Rockford Rotarians, Paul Logli CEO of United Way and Elaine Breck Rockford Promise Board President, on their nominations for the Excelsior Award, presented each year "to an organization that exemplifies community service and excellence, that works to make a difference in the Rock River Valley".  While neither organization was selected as the winner, it is an honor just to be nominated.  Congratulations to Paul and Elaine and we encourage our members to congratulate them when you see them at a regular meeting or out in the community.
     Although Rockford Rotary did not have any finalists for the Excalibur Award this year, our club does have a rich history of both nominees and winners in the past.
In case you were wondering if having two finalists in the same year was unusual, it is not for Rockford Rotary.  In the 49 years of the Excalibur award, Rockford Rotary has had two finalists in 17 of those years and three finalists in 2 of those years.  Rockford Rotary's past Excalibur winners are: Rosemary Collins (2018); Roger Reithmeier (2014); Rudy Valdez (2013); Paul Logli (2012); Kent Mallquist (2010); Dick Rundquist (2009); Dan Loescher (2006); Dave Rydell (2005); Terry Ingrassia (2002); Harry Ritter (2001); Jack Packard (1995); Carl Dargene (1993); Harry Stonecipher (1990); Howard Bell (1988); Bill Downey (1987); Dr. L.P.. Johnson (1980); Jeanine Wortmann (1979); Eugene Abegg (1975); Seth B. Atwood (1974); and William O’Donnell, the first winner in 1971.
     In the 49 years of the Excalibur Award, Rockford Rotarians have been a finalist 57 times with 19 of them winning the award.  As you can see Rockford Rotary has been very successful in these annual awards. Again, congratulations to Paul and Elaine for carrying on a Rockford Rotary tradition of Service Above Self and community service.