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Dawson Rotary Club wins big at district conference
Named Club of the Year for large clubs
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Twenty-six members of the Rotary Club of Dawson County attended the District 6910 annual conference earlier this month, where the club took home the Club of the Year award for small clubs for the third time in four years. - photo by For the Dawson County News

The Rotary Club of Dawson County was recently named the 2017-2018 Club of the year among large clubs in the district.

The award was presented to Club President Pepper Pettit during Rotary District 6910’s annual conference in Charleston, S.C. the weekend of May 12.

This is the third time in four years the club has won the award.

“I think it's a privilege to be in this club,” Pettit said.

Pettit was also the recipient of the Governor’s Leadership Award for outstanding leadership as club president.

“He doesn’t want to take any credit, he wants to give it to all of us and that’s great Pepper, but guess what you’ve been a great leader this year, you’ve done a great job and we recognize and appreciate it,” said Membership Chair Scott Yochum. “You are the epitome of a leader, you have great enthusiasm and you share all of that. That award is well deserved.”

Pettit and Yochum were membership co-champions for the district, both winning the the Club Builder Award.

“As we all know our district is number one in North America, and our club is well recognized as a part of that,” Yochum said. “We are creating new members not only in our club but in the entire district.”

The club also won the Best Live Production Award, the Best Hospitality Drink, the Zone Public Image Award and the Zone Significant Achievement Award.
“You don’t realize it until you go to a conference like this, our Dawson County Rotary brand is highly, highly respected throughout Georgia,” Yochum said.

The club won the Significant Achievement Award for its 2017 Thanksgiving dinner.

“We weren’t going to have a Thanksgiving dinner this year because of funding and other people dropping out, and just like we always do, we always jump in and figure out how to do it,” Yochum said.

“That’s remarkable because that’s what, out of 1,100 clubs,” Pettit said. “That’s probably the proudest moment I’ve ever had, and I didn’t do anything. I just stood out of the way, I watched that thing come together and it was absolutely remarkable.”

The Rotary Club of Dawson County is comprised of over 70 members, and had a large participation at the conference. 

“We had 26 members of our club there, it was the largest participation of any club in the entire district,” Yochum said. “And we broke the record for the club with the most members at any district conference in the history of district conferences we were told.”