Rotary Club honors members with awards

The Rotary Club of Williamsport recently honored Robert “Bob” A. Esposito with the club’s Service Above Self Award and Marc Schefsky with the Rotarian of the Year Award.

The Service Above Self Award is presented each year to a non-Rotarian community member that has exemplified Rotary’s motto – “Service Above Self.” Esposito clearly demonstrates the special meaning behind this award.

Esposito is chair of the Way’s Garden Commission and has been leading a group of citizens over the last two years in the restoration of Way’s Garden. He also is credited as a founder of Preservation Williamsport, that helped to restore Rowley House and also has been involved with the Lycoming County Historical Society.

Historical landmarks, such as Way’s Garden, play a vital role in our everyday lives and it contributes to our cultural and economic well-being.

Rick Coulter, Rotary Club president 2015-16, thanked Esposito for utilizing his talents and passion to preserve our history so that the generations to come will enjoy.

“To receive this honor is humbling and unexpected. I have to accept it not only for myself but for all the many people who have given selflessly to help accomplish what has been done. There is so much more yet to do and with the help of the wonderful people in this community we will improve the quality of life better here for everyone and for a long time to come,” Esposito said.

Marc Schefsky was named Rotarian of the Year. This award is presented annually to a Rotarian who also exemplifies service above self. Schefsky brought to the club a new fundraising idea – an indoor mini golf event. He helped to lead two successful events that were held inside the Genetti Hotel. He is involved in the community and has helped the club with meeting space and storage of supplies.

“He is a vital part of our Rotary Club and an inspirational leader,” Coulter said.

“The award for Rotarian of the Year was completely unexpected,” Shefsky said. “I do what I do, because it’s what I do. I don’t know how to do things any different. Thank you Williamsport Rotary!”

Rotary is a worldwide organization of business and professional leaders that provides humanitarian service, encourages high ethical stands in all vocations and helps build goodwill and peace in the world. The main objective of Rotary is service-in the community, in the workplace, and throughout the world.

The Rotary Club of Williamsport has been credited for starting the Crippled Children’s Society (now known as the Children’s Development Center), commissioned a study for the historic district, initiated the Farmer’s Market, helped to create the first Boy Scouts in the County and has planted a butterfly garden in Brandon Park, just to name a few.

To learn more about Rotary, join the club at noon every Mondayat the Genetti Hotel or visit www.williamsportrotary.com.