PIQUA — Four exemplary Piqua women were honored as recipients of the 2017 Pride of Workmanship Awards by the Piqua Rotary Club. Chairman Randi Pearson said there have been 90 individuals who have received this award since its inception locally in 1999.
“The (Pride of Workmanship) program actually originated in 1975 at a Rotary club meeting in Australia,” Pearson explained. “The objectives of that original program were to: a) promote vocational service; b) encourage pride of workmanship in all vocations; and c) provide an opportunity for Rotary to be involved in the community, particularly the business community.”
Members and guests were told the Pride of Workmanship program is “not a competition but rather a recognition of individual achievement and commitment.”
Engraved plaques were presented to the following Piqua natives by Rotary President Sean Ford:
• Cathy Oda, who began her career in the insurance business in 1990 and is currently employed by Koverman Staley Dickerson Insurance, nominated by Randi Pearson;
• Dawn Widney, employed over 20 years by the AAA of Piqua and a million-dollar travel agent the past three years, nominated by Sharon Semanie;
• Amanda Brown, owner of Balance Yoga by Amanda and community volunteer, nominated by Kazy Hinds;
• Kyle M. Cooper, banking services/mortgage loans professional at Unity National Bank, nominated by Dr. Doreen M. Larson.
Prior to the presentation, Dr. Larson shared her thoughts on the value of hard work and how each of the award recipients exemplifies the virtues of dedication and persistence.
In closing, Pearson extended personal congratulations to the award winners and noted, “You can be proud that you have been singled out by an employer, a client, a fellow employee or a customer for your outstanding approach, attitude, dedication and commitment to your job.”
The Piqua Rotary Club has been in existence since January 1915 and is part of an international service organization with 34,000 community-based clubs in over 200 countries with 1.2 million members. Thoughout the world, Rotarians are instrumental in supporting education and job training, providing clean water, combatting hunger and improving health and sanitation conditions in developing countries.
Perhaps the Rotary’s most notable initiative is the Polio Plus program launched in 1985. Since its establishment, more than two billion children worldwide have received the oral polio vaccine, helping Rotary’s global campaign to eradicate polio.