NEWTON — The Rotary Club of Newton-Conover recently held its Rotary Night Celebration at the Catawba Country Club.
Each year the club recognizes two individuals with the Charles Corriher Award for Professional Service and the Dr. William T. MacLauchlin Award.
This year, the Charles Corriher Award for Professional Service went to Patricia Gibson. The Dr. William T. MacLauchlin Prize was awarded to Scott Gilleland.
The Charles Corriher Professional Achievement Award is given to a Rotarian or community member who exemplifies the best of their profession. Among the winners are men and women whose civic engagement through their work has honored the motto of Rotary: serve before self.
Patricia F. Gibson received the 2022 Charles Corriher Vocation Service Award for being a pioneer in the field of education and leading the way for so many who followed her.
Gibson served as principal of the new Newton Conover Middle School as the concept developed, assistant superintendent of Newton-Conover city schools, mentored and supervised student teachers at Appalachian State University, and honored as the one of the first recipients of the Newton-Conover School System’s Red Blazer Award.
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Gibson was the first female Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Newton-Conover. This year, a scholarship offered by the Rotary Club is named in his honor. Pat Gibson continues to champion education and her community.
Established in 2006, the Dr. William T. MacLauchlin Award is given annually to a Rotarian who exemplifies nobility of character and personal integrity. Dr. Mac (as he was affectionately known) was a founding member of the Rotary Club of Newton-Conover and lived his life “above the self”. He was proud of his community as a doctor, community leader and friend to all.
The 2022 Dr. William T. MacLauchlin Award has been presented to Scott Gilleland. Gilleland exemplifies a life of community service. He has been a Rotarian since 2008 and served as president in 2015-2016. Gilleland introduced Rotarians to Racing for Rotary, where hard work and community support has helped fund many nonprofit programs in the county.
Gilleland’s caring nature and service-above-self attitude exemplify the prize characteristic. Gilleland lives in Newton and owns The Untouchables Pizza.
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders and problem solvers who see a world where people come together and take action to create lasting change.
Anyone interested in getting involved with the international organization can call Joy Cline at 464-0311, ext. 276.