By Scott Bolthouse
Hub Editor In Chief
During the 12 months of 2014, the Huron Township Rotary was involved in a special initiative designed to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the club’s existence, which was first formed in 1939.
Named “12 projects in 12 months”, the rotary specifically organized the initiative with a recurring theme involving the number 75.
Some of the projects included delivering 75 meals on wheels for seniors during the holidays, the donation of 75 smoke and carbon monoxide detectors to the Huron Township Fire Department for distribution to the community, a literacy program through the donation of hundreds of books to area schools and a seminar sponsored by the rotary to help educate senior citizens about fraud scams.
After word got out about the good work that the Huron Township Rotary was performing, the group was nominated for the Hugh Archer Award for District 6400.
The annual award honors the best new project of the year.
During the first weekend in May, the Huron Rotary was presented with the prestigious award at the District Conference in Traverse City. Rotary District 6400 is made up of 48 clubs totaling 1600 members in Michigan and Windsor.
At the May 27 Board of Trustees meeting, Huron Rotary President John Chont gave a presentation about the award, noting how honored he was that his organization won.
“You could not have any idea how proud I was of our membership for our efforts in obtaining this,” said Chont.
Also attending the board meeting was District Governor Elizabeth Smith, who spoke highly of the Huron Rotary and their efforts to do better in the community.
“It’s just thrilling, all the different activities,” said Smith.
“Each rotary international president has a personal theme. Our theme was ‘enjoy rotary’ for this award,” she said.
Smith said that the award honors new ideas — not the same project twice.
Hugh Archer was a Dearborn rotarian and founder of Spiratex plastics company. Archer was President of Rotary International from 1989-1990 and is remembered for being a great leader who was devoted to humanity and enjoyed rotary to the fullest.
Although the Huron Township Rotary earned this award through their 12 projects initiative, it is important to note that the group is involved in more than just a dozen projects throughout the year. According to their website, while many of their projects are well known, others are a bit more stealth.