Garner: Community

July 26, 2013

Garner Rotary recognizes service

The Mid-Day Garner Rotary recognized three familiar faces for their commitment to service with “Community and Club Awards” at their July monthly meeting

The Mid-Day Garner Rotary recognized three familiar faces for their commitment to service with “Community and Club Awards” at their July monthly meeting.

Angie Mikus, Amy White and Leigh Hudson all received awards at the July 10 event, which was emceed by Assistant District Governor and club member Chuck Killian.

“It was a pretty strong roster, and they all deserved those awards,” Garner Rotary president Mitch Brewer said. “Everyone needs to see a symbol of what they believe in and what’s important. These people are symbols of what’s important for the community.”

Mikus, the waiter-turned-restaurant owner, received the Service above Self Award, recognizing her “selfless giving and incarnational care for the poor and those who live at the ‘margins of life.’ ” Mikus owns and operates Angie’s Restaurant, which Brewer said has become an iconic meeting place for locals.

“Angie has been so strong of late during the last two years, bringing the community together. We now have a local place where local folks can sit and dine with one another,” Brewer said. “We haven’t seen that in a long time.”

But the core reason she won the award stemmed from her service, including having her restaurant produce a free Thanksgiving lunch for anyone that wanted to attend. She also hosted a fundraiser for Joey Johnson, a victim of a drunken-driving crash, in early June.

White, meanwhile, won the Community Service Award, and has been one of the most consistent faces of service in Garner for years. She directs the Community of Hope, which offers a variety of services including after-school programs and a food pantry. It’s now expanding employment assistance services. White, a former school board member, still serves on the Garner Education Foundation Board.

Hudson, owner of Hudson’s Hardware, took home the Rotary Luther Hodges Ethics Award for “exemplary character and high ethical standards in business and in life.” Hudson was recently inaugurated as District Governor for the Rotary District as well, and has been committed to the organization for a long time, Brewer said.

“Most of those folks are going to do what they do without that recognition,” Brewer said. “Hopefully it will sustain their efforts with everyone recognizing what they have done. Hopefully folks in the community can be inspired by and ... emulate that action.”

In addition to recognizing the three award winners, the Garner Rotary announced a Nov. 16 date for its annual fundraising event, the Black, White and Bling Gala. The event will raise money to support the club’s Back Pack Buddies program, which provides nutritious weekend meals for low-income children who attend Wake County schools.

The awards follow by two weeks the installment of new officers. Brewer, an attorney, became president. Luke Stevenson, a banker, became Immediate Past President. John Hodges, executive director of the Garner Revitalization Association, was installed as treasurer. David Bailey of Garner Family Eye Care became Rotary Foundation Chair.

Current secretary Paige Humbert was recognized as Rotarian of the Year for dedicated service to the club and for identifying opportunities for expanded programming. Killian and Stevenson also received Service above Self awards.

The club, an association of professional individuals looking to serve the community and build networks for service, seeks new members. One of thousands of Rotary clubs nationwide, the local club aims to add to its roll of just over 20.

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