Presented by Deb Archer on Feb. 4, 2015; photo by Karl Wellensiek
Each year, our club recognizes six members for their service to our Rotary Club in one of the five avenues of service which are club, community, international, vocational or youth services. Today, I am pleased to introduce you to one of our Rotary Club of Madison 2015 Youth Service Award recipients.
Robyn Kitson (pictured here with Club President Tim Stadelman) is Director of Marketing and Communications for the Wisconsin Historical Society and is married to fellow Rotarian Stan Kitson. She joined our Rotary Club in 2009 and became very active in committees from the start. She has chaired our International Grant Review process, co-chaired the 2013 Rotary District Conference, and she is currently on our board of directors. In addition, and what I’d like to focus on today, is her service to our club in the youth service area. Robyn has served on our Ethics Symposium Committee and chaired last year’s event. In that role, she spent countless hours in organizing the breakout sessions. She also designed a workbook for the student participants that they could take with them and continue to use after our event, and she is helping to update that booklet that will be used by this year’s participants in just a few weeks. Robyn is a member of our Foundation Scholarship Committee. This is another committee that involves extensive volunteer hours. She reads through lengthy applications each year, is involved in the personal interviews of each of the applicants and the selection of recipients, and she is part of the planning of the annual scholarship luncheon. Robyn also co-chairs our Scholar Mentor Committee along with Ellie Schatz.
For her extensive volunteer service in helping us with the success of our club’s youth activities, our Club Board of Directors has named Robyn as one of our Rotary Club of Madison Youth Service Award recipients.
Thank you for your continuing service, Robyn.
As is our club’s tradition, President Tim present Robyn with a special certificate and a pin, and our Club also made a $200 gift in her name to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
Congratulations to Robyn! She has made tremendous contributions to our programs impacting Madison Youth!