2011 ROTARIAN OF THE YEAR
On December 5, 2011 Columbus Rotary named its 2011 Rotarian of the Year; Jerry Converse. Jerry’s wife and children were on hand to celebrate with him. As follows tradition the trophy was passed among 14 previous winners. One nominator said, “When you want something done well or if you have a critical situation that needs effective and immediate action, call Jerry.”
In the area of Vocational Service Jerry has hosted club Vocational lunches and tours of his business. He has also served as a mentor of the Bridge the Gap program and spoken to students in the Columbus City Schools.
Jerry’s Community Service record takes him one step further in deserving this award. He has provided numerous direct service and technical support hours to our many service projects over the years. In kind contributions are also a part of what makes Jerry a Rotarian of note. Additionally, the Service Above Self Fair projects have benefited by having Jerry serve as a judge for a number of years.
Mostly Jerry Converse excels in the area of Club Service by leading by example. He frequently visits Columbus Rotarians who are ill or hospitalized. He was the recipient of the 2008 Exemplary Service Award for Club Service. He is the initiator of our Vocational Spotlights providing additional funds for the Club and highlighting other members’ vocations. He serves on the Foundation Board and is a past chair of the Annual Campaign. He instituted and partially funded sending birthday cards to all club members as the Chair of the Participation and Retention Committee.
Furthermore he is known for holding one of the best tailgate parties at OSU football games and for making the best spiced cider at our After Hours social events. Finally, his service to Rotary does not end with our club as he is an honorary and very active member of the Clearwater Beach Rotary Club. Congratulations to a most deserving Rotarian of the Year!