Inaugural service award recipients announced by Sunrise Rotary

April 17, 2013 by  

The Fair Lawn Sunrise Rotary recently announced that it will be presenting its first ‘Service above Self’ awards at a special ceremony at the Knights of Columbus Hall next month.

No doubt flyer printing and poster printing are being used by the Rotary to announce these awards, which are being given to one institution and two individuals who have gone above and beyond in servicing Fair Lawn and the community of Bergen County.

The first recipient of the award is Jack Hoitsma who has been a member of the Volunteer Fire Department in Fair Lawn for 54 years and fire chief for more years than any other chief. The Department is available around the clock to tend to fires and other emergency rescue calls, and has an average response time of three minutes.

Doreen Yates is the other individual recipient and is a special education teacher in the town. She developed the Bridges program in the district, which has been acclaimed for helping students with cognitive disabilities at Fair Lawn High School and Memorial Middle School.

The institution set to receive the award is Columbia Bank, which has been an institution in the community since 1927 and supports community and local development projects.

The award was named as a reflection of the Rotary’s motto. It uses fundraisers and hands-on projects to enhance the lives of residents and school children throughout Fair Lawn and Bergen County, while dedicating itself to serving and giving back to the community.

The ceremony has been arranged for May 10.