Friday, January 6, 2012
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From left to right: Hotchkiss, Rotary District 6910 Gov. Bill St. Clair, Bills and Rockdale Rotary President David Cooper.
CONYERS -- The Rotary Club of Rockdale County honored members Darlene Hotchkiss and Nancy Bills last week with club awards recognizing the promotion of ethics and excellence through their vocation and in the community.
Hotchkiss, a member of the Rockdale County Board of Education, received the club's W. Lee Arrendale "Vocational Excellence" Award. The Arrendale Award is presented annually to a Rotarian who promotes high ethical standards in the community through exemplifying Rotary's motto, "Service Above Self."
During the club's Jan. 3 meeting Rockdale Rotary President David Cooper recognized Hotchkiss's work with local soup kitchens, her leadership role with the Mercy Heart Health Clinic, as a Boy Scout leader and in supporting literacy efforts in the community.
Bills, who serves as Rockdale County's State Court judge, received the Robert S. Stubbs II "Guardian of Ethics" Award. The Stubbs Award recognizes a Rotarian who has made outstanding contributions that foster the development of ethics through his or her vocation.
Cooper said Bills was recognized for her work in establishing the Rockdale County DUI Court program and the Rockdale County Task Force on Family Violence. Bills is a past club president, and Cooper said she lives by Rotary's Four Way Test -- Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Does it build goodwill and better friendships? and Is it beneficial to all concerned?
The local awards also serve as nominations to the Rotary District 6910 awards. Rotary District 6910 Gov. William"Bill" St. Clair was also on hand for the awards presentation.