2nd Annual Rotary Vocational Award Winners Recognized for Excellence
November 04, 2013
First City Rotary, Rotary 2000, and the Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce held this joint Vocational Awards Banquet on October 23rd. Senator Bert Stedman was the keynote speaker and award presenter. The annual Rotary awards are to identify, recognize and applaud local individuals during Rotary Vocational Month for their exemplary contributions to Ketchikan's business community.
Rosie Roppel, President First City Rotary and Marc Guevarra, President of Rotary 2000
Schoenbar Middle School Acapella Singers
The first award “Excellence in Customer Satisfaction" was presented to the United States Coast Guard Ketchikan Base. The USCG was nominated by Chris Baca, President Elect of First City Rotary.
Left to right: Marc Guevarra (Rotary 2000), Rosie Roppel (First City Rotary), Senator Stedman, USCG Commander Jackson, Commander of the Naushon Jennifer Wescott (First City Rotary), Sr. Chief Demello, Sr. Chief Smith, Chris Taylor (First City Rotary).
The second award “Excellence in Entrepreneurism”was presented to Dr. Marna Hall with Island to Island Veterinarian Clinic.
Heather Muench of the Ketchikan Humane Society in her nomination wrote, "Dr. Marna Hall's lifelong dream was to start her own veterinary clinic offering clients and patients the experience of top-notch, compassionate veterinary care combined with an atmosphere more homey and soothing than the stark and cold standard of the past. Her dream was first realized when she and her husband Don renovated an airstream trailer and started Island to Island Veterinary Clinic in Craig in 2011. Dr. Hall saw the need for high quality and affordable veterinary care in the underserved communities of Prince of Wales. She also saw the need to help the Ketchikan Humane Society with the veterinary needs of the animals they had in rescue."
Heather Muench, Senator Bert Stedman, Dr. Marna Hall, and presidents Roppel and Guevarra
"Like any true entrepreneur, Dr. Hall believes in giving back to the community. She has created “Dr. Marna’s Angel Fund” to help animals that need extraordinarily expensive medical care whose owners cannot afford it. Dr. Hall also saw a need to prevent the high number of animals being euthanized in Ketchikan, by offering her services to the Ketchikan Humane Society at a reduced rate for their low cost spay/neuter and feral cat programs. Her willingness to help has had a great impact; in the first 8 months of 2012, 235 animals were euthanized by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough compared to just 88 during the same time period this year. No other veterinarian in recent memory has agreed to take on a financial loss in order to give back to our community," wrote Muench.
"One of the keys to a successful business is positive word-of-mouth advertising by happy customers. Dr. Marna's reputation as an exceptional veterinarian with huge compassion for her patients as well as their owners caused her business to explode. In just over a year, her dream of being the vet in a small quality practice has mushroomed into a clinic which keeps two veterinarians busy, as well as a staff of twelve, and which serves not only Ketchikan and Metlakatla, but also maintains the mobile clinic on Prince of Wales. It is difficult to assess all the ways in which Dr. Marna's business represents significant value to the communities of Southern Southeast Alaska. Giving her this award would be a fine way to thank her for her contribution," wrote Muench of the Ketchikan Humane Society in her nomination of Dr. Hall.
The vocational recognition awards are one way the Rotary strives to address the call for Rotarians to “encourage and foster”:
New Gens were a special highlight.
Two Youth Exchange Officers (YEO), Michelle O’Brien, First City Rotary and Christine Newbill, Rotary 2000 presented Youth Exchange (YE) students Luigi Bandino ( from Italy), Frederik Bjergen (from Denmark), Lisa Torres (to Brazil), Holly O’Brien (to Ecuador).
Diane Gubatayao presented the officers of (First City Rotary’s) Interact of Kayhi Executive Committee: Alyssa Jackson, Karly Blair, Carly Royer, Beau Albertson, and Page Hosley.
Photo courtesy First City Rotary
During the regular business meeting, Steve Rydeen, Fire Chief South Tongass and Chris Taylor, USCG and both First City Rotarians presented $800+ to President Roppel for money raised during Top Chef for their Charity “Rotary House” which will go for renovations.
Steve Rydeen, Fire Chief South Tongass and Chris Taylor, USCG, both First City Rotarians presented $800+ to President Rosie Roppel.
Edited by Mary Kauffman, SitNews