Left to Right: Cyndi Dorah, District Governor Elect, Sandra Hemstead, President Rotary Club of Bonita Springs, and Pete Doragh, District Governor, Rotary District 6960

Left to Right: Cyndi Dorah, District Governor Elect, Sandra Hemstead, President Rotary Club of Bonita Springs, and Pete Doragh, District Governor, Rotary District 6960

Local Rotarian Sandra Hemstead Receives International Service Award
New President of The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Honored with Prestigious Award

Bonita Springs, Fla. – (July 23, 2014) – Newly installed President of the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Sandra Hemstead recently received a Rotary International Service Above Self Award. The Rotary International Board chose only 125 recipients out of the 1.2 million Rotarians across the world for the 2013-2014 award.

The Rotary International Rotary Above Self Award is given to Rotarians based on demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, in any form and at any level, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others through Rotary. Service rendered by the nominee through Rotary must have been on a continuing basis. The award is not given solely in recognition of one’s performance in an elected or appointed Rotary assignment.

Hemstead has been a member of The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs for more than 7 years. She has been a volunteer and committee chair or member in nearly every role with the local club. She became president of the club on July 1. Since she joined the club, Hemstead has been aggressively leading efforts to prepare matching grants to utilize funds from local clubs around the world and matching those funds through special Rotary International grants to assist people in countries with a need for clean water, medical supplies and new schools.

“Internationally, we literally save lives through the “Gift of Life” program,” said Hemstead. “We partner with Guatemalan Rotary Clubs to deliver clean water. We have provided disaster relief to Haiti, distributed wheelchairs in Belize, El Salvador, Haiti and Honduras, and funded an ambulance in Chile. I am humbled by this award, but delighted that our club is recognized for the depth and breadth of our contributions to the community and throughout the world.”

Photo cap: Rotary District 6960 Governor Pete Doragh and District Governor Elect Cyndi Doragh presented the Rotary International Service Above Self Award to Sandra Hemstead (center) at The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs Club meeting Wednesday, July 2, 2014.

Chartered in 1978, The Rotary Club of Bonita Springs is a diverse group of 100 business professionals and civic leaders who take an active role in the communities they serve. The club is part of Rotary International, a service organization with more than 1.2 million members in 200 countries who bring needed humanitarian improvements to some of the most impoverished parts of the world, as well as in local Southwest Florida communities.