RecognizeGood is proud to announce the recipient of our 12th RecognizeGood Lighthouse Award, Rotary Club of East Austin! Founded in 1992, this inspiring club is made up primarily of leaders in the education and government sectors which makes them a truly unique bunch. In the past 24 years of continuous service, the Rotary Club of East Austin has changed thousands of lives for the better with a focus on youth, education, and the underprivileged. The Rotary Club of East Austin prides itself on being a small club which makes a large impact, with a dedication to literacy efforts in the Austin area including support of programs like the First Act Early Knight character building initiative at Pecan Springs Elementary, donations of books to local schools and volunteer hours as classroom readers. With only around 12 members at any given time the club has managed to donate upwards of 500 collective volunteer hours annually. This support is in addition to providing scholarships for Eastside Memorial High seniors out of their own donations. The really great part? When the club’s scholarship students maintain their GPAs, Rotary continues to sponsor their education each and every year. RecognizeGood is privileged to say THANK YOU on behalf of our entire community to the Rotary Club of East Austin!
Club president Denise Guckert accepted the award on behalf of her group in a special presentation at the Housing Authority of the City of Austin on September 6th. Matt Ache, president at award sponsor iRex Group, presented the club with several thank-you gifts – a $250 donation to the club, an award plaque, two tickets to the 2017 Ethics in Business & Community Award luncheon, and a pay-it-forward donation to PET-Austin in the club’s name. A PET (Personal Energy Transportation) vehicle was also been donated in the club’s name. This recognition represented a sincere “Thank you!” from the Central Texas community for an amazing display of selfless service from the Rotary Club of East Austin.
The RecognizeGood Lighthouse Award recognizes the selfless community efforts and philanthropy of Austin-area service clubs through length, magnitude or impact of service – by highlighting “special” organizations and telling their stories, we believe that others will be inspired to make our community a better place. Award nominees may be sent firstname.lastname@example.org, and are voted on by a selection committee according to the following criteria:
- Length of Service
- Magnitude of Service
- Special One-Time Event
This was the twelfth RecognizeGood Lighthouse Award presented to an Austin-area service organization. Previous award winners include Sertoma of Round Rock, Rotary Club of Lakeway / Lake Travis, Austin Downtown Founders Lions Club, Town & Country Optimists Club, Northwest Austin Kiwanis, Round Rock Kiwanis, Junior League of Austin, The Exchange Club of Austin, Rotary Club of West Austin, University Hills Optimist Club, and Rotary Club of Bee Cave / Spicewood. Thanks to Lighthouse program sponsor iRex Group, Ltd. for their generosity and active support of this program!