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Do you know of an outstanding Lake Oswego educator, school support staff, student or citizen who demonstrates Service Above Self? If so, do them the honor of nominating them for a SASEE award.

BAARSWhat do Lake Oswego public and private schools, the Lake Oswego Public Library and the Lake Oswego Rotary "SASEE" awards program all have in common? Each, in their unique way, promotes and honors educating our citizens to make our community and our world better places.

We are fortunate that our community so highly values education and grateful for the many outstanding educators, school support staff, citizens and students who are actively making a difference in our lives while demonstrating Service Above Self.

I have the good fortune of being the director of our Lake Oswego Public Library and president of the Lake Oswego Rotary Club. In both capacities, I experience amazing people who demonstrate a selfless desire to be of service to others. Acknowledging the many remarkable people in our community who are perpetuating these qualities is what Rotary's second-annual SASEE program is all about. (SASEE stands for "Service Above Self: Educational Excellence.)

Education is a fundamental component in the work all Rotarians do to make the world a better place. As part of that effort, the Lake Oswego Rotary Club seeks to recognize the incredible work of educators and strong supporters of education in our own community. This year, our Rotary Club will be awarding more than $20,000 in SASEE honors and scholarships. We invite you to identify and nominate Lake Oswego educators, school support staff, citizens and students who demonstrate a commitment to education through projects, activities and work that emphasize Service Above Self while inspiring us to be our best.

Do you know of an outstanding Lake Oswego educator, school support staff, student or citizen who demonstrates Service Above Self? If so, do them the honor of nominating them for a SASEE award. Nominations may be made through the Lake Oswego Rotary website at www.rotarysasee.org. Nominations will be open through Jan. 10, 2018.

Those from Lake Oswego public and private schools, as well as Marylhurst University, are eligible for consideration for a SASEE award.

The initial SASEE program last year generated 150 nominations from the Lake Oswego community. While all those nominated were in fact winners, a panel of judges narrowed the field down to 16 finalists who were honored at a tribute banquet. The second-annual event will be held at Marylhurst University on Feb. 28, 2018, and we encourage you to attend to support the finalists in three categories:

Educators and support staff: Finalists will each receive $1,000 to apply toward their school or project;

Students: Finalists will each receive $500 to apply toward their school or project; and

Citizens/volunteers: Finalists will each be honored with $2,500 scholarships in their names to be awarded to students who demonstrate Service Above Self.

We invite you to join us in making this second-annual Rotary SASEE Awards program another community success by honoring those who help make our educational system great.

Bill Baars is director of the Lake Oswego Public Library and president of the Lake Oswego Rotary Club.

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