Our own Rotary Club of Madison member Dawn Crim, the Wisconsin Secretary of the DSPS, spoke to the membership about the important role the DSPS plays in the conduct of our everyday lives. This important agency touches everyone, directly or indirectly, by ensuring that industry (such as construction and other commercial businesses with safety responsibilities), licensed professionals (such as healthcare and legal practitioners), and public policies are operating in the public interests of safety and economic development. She cited a few of the many programs from health care to prescription opioid control to clean energy to military veteran transition to equity and inclusion that support and protect citizens and businesses.
Presented by Carol Toussaint on November 18, 2015; photo by Loretta Himmeslbach
From left: Carol Toussaint, Dawn Crim & Club President Ellsworth Brown
I am here as a member of our Club’s Member Recognition Committee. This is a committee established by our board to annually make recommendations to recognize members for their efforts on behalf of our Rotary Club. The recognition is in one Rotary’s Five Avenues of Service which are club, community, international, new generations and vocational.
The board receives the recommendations and presents the award. My job today is to introduce a member who is receiving a community service award on behalf of our Rotary Club. Dawn Crim.
Dawn is an Associate Dean for External Relations for the UW School of Education. She is a well organized and busy, busy person. In addition to her role at the UW, Dawn is involved in many projects and organizations within our community. In addition to her professional work, family and community service activities, Dawn has devoted a great deal of time to Rotary over her eight years of membership.
She joined our Rotary Club in 2007 and immediately got involved in committees. Dawn has worked with the Rotaract Club on the UW campus. She serves as a mentor to one of our Rotary scholars and has served on our Program Advisory Committee. In addition, Dawn has for six years been an active member on our club’s Community Grants Committee. This is not a small commitment. She has interviewed grant applicants and attended numerous meetings with other Community Grants Committee members as they develop recommendations for the funding projects each year. You’ll also have seen newsletter photos of Dawn as part of our Hiking/Skiing Fellowship Group. Dawn finds time for Rotary and for her continuing dedication to our Rotary Club, we are awarding our 2015 Rotary Club of Madison Community Service Award to Dawn Crim.
The Club has made a $200 gift in her name to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, and President Ellsworth presented Dawn with a special certificate and a pin to recognize the community service award.