LO Rotary honors those who 'give more to life than they receive.'
The Lake Oswego Rotary paid tribute to 10 students, educators and citizen volunteers at the annual Service Above Self: Educational Excellence (SASEE) awards on February 27 at the Tualatin Country Club. Those recognized were community members who champion diversity and inclusion, encourage their fellow students to be better, work tirelessly behind the scenes, advocate for sustainability and bring the community closer together.
Rotarian Eric Allenbaugh said SASEE winners "give more to life than they receive, and serve as inspirational role models in our community."
"The purpose of SASEE is to acknowledge and honor the remarkable work of both educators and supporters of education who demonstrate the core philosophy of Rotary — 'Service Above Self,'" said Allenbaugh, who co-chairs the SASEE Steering Committee with fellow Rotarian Malcolm Mathes. "There's so much negativity in the world, I think it really helps people to pause and realize that there are a lot of good things happening here. It serves as a great reminder of all of the great people in our community."
The awards are given in four categories: Citizens/Volunteers, who each receive a $2,500 scholarship established in their name to support the college education of a current high school student; Teachers/Administrators, who each receive $1,000 to apply toward their school or service activities; Support Staff, who also receive $1,000 to apply toward their school or service activities; and Students, who each receive $500 to apply toward their school or service activities.
This year's student recipients were Anushka Nair, Pauline Petersen and Margo Sidline. Citizen awards went to Kristen Carnese, Sarah Howell and Kerstan Ruffer. SASEE awards for educators went to Aletia Cochran, Andrew Duden and Ben Kinkley. Support staff member Brent Paul received the award in his category.
For a more information on the SASEE awards and the 2019 SASEE recipients and finalists, click here.