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Rotary Club of Dawson County named tops
Recognized for significant achievement
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Rotary District 6910 Governor Bill Strickland, front left, presents Rotary Club of Dawson County President Scott Yochum, front right, with the districts large Club of the Year Award. Also pictured are members Pepper Pettit and Brooke Anderson. - photo by Michele Hester Dawson Community News

The Rotary Club of Dawson County has been named 2014-2015 Club of the Year among large clubs in the district.

The award was presented to Club President Scott Yochum May 9 during Rotary District 6910's annual conference in Hilton Head, S.C.

"Really, it's a culmination of the work the entire club has done this year," he said. "We're just proud that we can represent Dawson County at this level."

The more than 80-member club was also awarded one of the district's most prestigious awards for its work in developing and building Rotary Island, an interactive and free water feature for children at Rock Creek Park.

The district's Significant Achievement Award recognizes a club activity that addresses a community problem or need, while promoting an increased awareness of the importance of exemplary club efforts.

"With nearly 60 percent of Dawson County's school-aged children on free or reduced lunch, we know families in our community are struggling," Yochum said. "It's difficult enough for them to buy food and provide shelter for the kids. We know they definitely can't afford luxuries like treating the kids to waterparks. But now, that is free for everyone."

Yochum said Rotary Island, which reopens for the season on Saturday, is one way the club can say thanks to the community for its support the last 25 years.

"We're so appreciative of all the support we've received from the community and all of our members. Hopefully, we have made our county proud," he said.

The club also received recognition for public image, administration, membership, foundation and community service, as well as for its support of the Georgia Rotary Student Program, vocational service and participation in the Rotary Leadership Institute.

Yochum also received the R.L. Panyik Leadership Award during the conference.