The Rotary Club of Portsmouth presented Rotary Vocational Awards to four deserving citizens.
The club annually honors four community members who exhibit Rotary’s mission of “service above self” in four avenues of service: health and human services, public service, education and general. Each winner receives a plaque in recognition of their service and the club provides a $500 donation to a non-profit of their choosing.
Over the last few months, club members were asked to nominate non-Rotarians they thought were deserving of such an award.
“There was an amazing pool of worthy nominations. Clearly, there is no shortage of wonderful civic-minded citizens in our community,” said Caitlyn Hassett, vocational awards chair.
Rotarians Lexi Leddy, Ted Alex, Mark Lorusso and Linda Browning served on the committee. Awards were presented at the June 11 Rotary meeting via Zoom.
The recipients and their chosen charities are as follows:
Public Service: Michele Meyer was honored for her efforts to unite the town of Eliot, Maine, and surrounding towns by connecting with all elderly and at-risk residents ensuring they have enough support. A true leader in times of uncertainty. ($500 donated to Caring Unlimited)
General: Stephanie Seacord was selected for her tireless energy in keeping the Portsmouth community informed with the city newsletter’s during the COVID-19 crisis. Her passion for public relations, history and education make her an incredible leader. ($500 donated to Strawbery Banke Museum)
Education: Nancy Roy is principal of the Robert J. Lister Academy, Portsmouth’s small alternative high school. She was selected because of her amazing work with a very vulnerable student population. She leverages community partners in sustaining high-quality programming and building strong connections. ($500 donated to the Portsmouth School Department Opportunity Fund)
Health and Human Services: Miriam Pelletier is director of nursing at the Edgewood Center in Portsmouth. Her hard work and overwhelming compassion for her patients is inspiring. She was honored for going above and beyond to care for her patients and their loved ones, during the pandemic. ($500 donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation in memory of her father John Bostridge)
For more information, about the Rotary Club of Portsmouth visit portsmouthrotary.org.