Lake Wylie Rotary celebrates service

May 28, 2013 

— The Lake Wylie Rotary Club hosted its second annual Celebration of Service Awards ceremony on May 19 at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church.

The $2,000 Spirit of Service Scholarship was awarded to Clover High School senior Kate Stewart, daughter of Terri Stewart and the late Jim Stewart of Lake Wylie. Stewart is president of CHS student government.

Four other finalists honored were Sarah Bonesteel of Gaston Day School, and CHS students Ebony Stowe, Caitlin Childers and Courtney Causby. They received iPads.

Honored guests included last year’s winner Hayley Collins, Clover School District Superintendent Dr. Marc Sosne and wife Ann, Jimmy Roach who spoke about the Clover High School Interact program and Sherri Ciurlik, who talked about World Hunger Day May 28.

This year, the club celebrated three other individuals who have demonstrated Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self” in the Clover and Lake Wylie communities.

Unsung Hero of the Year went to Sherri Ciurlik, who has spent countless hours providing food for children in the community. Ciurlik has been a lifelong volunteer, and has initiated and developed in-school food pantries throughout the Clover School District. She has been instrumental in the Pack the Back program at the elementary and middle schools. She also volunteers at Clover Area Assistance Center and serves on its board of directors. Ciurlik is a Clover School District Board of Trustees member and an advocate for literacy. She volunteers with Children’s Attention Home, Interact Club and God’s Kitchen.

Clover high School coach and social studies teacher Jimmy Roach was named Educator of the Year. Roach is the advisor for the 275-member Interact Club, Rotary International’s service club for children ages 12 to 18. Interact clubs are sponsored by individual Rotary clubs, which provide support and guidance, but they are self-governing and self-supporting. In addition, Roach is the district chair for Rotary District 7750 and member of Clover Rotary Club.

The 2013 Rotarian of the Year was awarded to Tommy Martin of Moss Insurance.

Martin is a charter member of the club, a sustaining member of the Rotary Foundation and serves on the board of directors as club treasurer. Martin has perfect club attendance and recruited several new members. Martin attends club events and helps make sure all of the details are handled. He also is active in the community as a member of the Lake Wylie Chamber of Commerce , Friends in Business of Lake Wylie and Lake Wylie Athletic Association.

Event sponsors were The Journey Church at Lake Wylie, Bank of York, Walmart-Lake Wylie, Melanie Wilson, Realtor with Allen Tate, Good Samaritan Church and Christopher’s Grill and Bar of Lake Wylie.

Rotary meets at noon Tuesdays at Good Samaritan Methodist Church, 5220 Crowders Cove Lane. Lunch costs $9.

For more information, call 803-517-2190 or email member ship@lakewylierotary.org.

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