–Introduced by Mary Rouse on February 26, 2014
Each year, our club selects one member to be recognized with Rotary International’s Avenues of Service Citation. Recipients are selected for their volunteer efforts carried out within all five avenues of service which are club, community, international, youth and vocational service. I am pleased to introduce Perry Henderson as this year’s recipient. Here is some background on him and his impressive Rotary service.
Perry Henderson joined Rotary in 1981 and has maintained 100% attendance since 1984. That means he marks 30 years of perfect attendance this year! He has served on a variety of club committees, including the Orientation and Classification Committees. He has been involved in planning our annual Rotary Ethics Symposium, and has assisted with our club’s Strategic Planning process. Not only was he our president from 1997-98, but also has served on our Club Board of Directors. His service goes way beyond our Club through district committees and events for the past 15 years. And, I think he likes titles because he became Governor Perry of Rotary District 6250 in 2002-03. However, behind any title he holds, you can always know there is great substance and hard work.
Perry and his wife, Virginia, who is also an active and outstanding member of our club, have established a scholarship fund within our Madison Rotary Foundation to provide college scholarship assistance to graduating seniors in the Madison area who have financial need. They have also been generous supporters of The Rotary International Foundation. Perry and Virginia stepped forward in 2006 to provide a $10,000 matching grant to encourage member gifts to the Polio Eradication Campaign effort.
Perry and Virginia have been recognized with our club’s Senior Service Award. Perry has received our club’s Joseph G. Werner Meritorious Service Award. Today, we are pleased to add another award category to Perry’s Rotary resume – the Rotary International Avenues of Service Citation.
Let me also remind you that Dr. Henderson was an outstanding faculty member in our UW-Madison Medical School who specialized in obstetrics and gynecology with special emphasis on high risk pregnancies and premature infants His practice and research has contributed to advancing this field. And, in case you did not know, he has musical talent as a singer and piano player. He knows how to have a good time.
Perry, you are a beloved member of our community and admired by all. You live the Rotary motto of Service Above Self, and we are pleased to recognize you with this year’s Rotary International Avenues of Service Citation. Congratulations!