Three years ago, the London Rotary Club initiated the Service Above Self awards program. This years honorees were recognized at a banquet on Sept. 29.
“Service Above Self recognizes people, not necessarily Rotarians, who exhibit unselfish attitudes toward others, said Tim Stonecipher, program chairman.
The five honorees for 2011 are:
• Jerry Alcott—The London resident supports a variety of causes, including the London High School athletic complex, London Kiwanis, community theater and other civic entities, whether in the foreground or in the background.
“Jerry is a generous person, giving his time and money, Stonecipher said.
Alcott is president of BST Trucking in London.
• Dr. Martha Geib—The London pediatrician serves on numerous public boards and committees, including the London City Schools Board of Education. She volunteers her time and expertise to the Madison County Health Partners Free Clinic and a host of school-related projects.
The time she finds to give to community servicegoes beyond what one would expect of a (busy) medical professional, Stonecipher said.
• Bill Randall—Known asThe Bread Man, this West Jefferson resident delivers bread to families in need as part of a church ministry. He also picks up groceries and prescriptions for shut-ins and provides transportation and assistance to senior citizens in West Jefferson.
“He does it all as a volunteer, Stonecipher said.
• Mary Richey—As activities director at Madison Senior Living Community in London, Richey asks residents to recall Christmases from their early years. She records the recollections and gives copies to the residents family members.
Richey also goes above and beyond when fulfilling the final and best wishes of Senior Living clients.She does whatever will make them happy, Stonecipher said.
Outside of work, Richey volunteers and raises funds for Honor Flight, a non-profit organization that transports military veterans to Washington D.C. to visit war memorials. Often, Richey gets up at 3 a.m. to drive veterans to their flights.
• Father Tom Timmons (deceased)—Timmons was an early proponent of treatment for mental health issues and was a pioneer in development of treatment programs in Madison County.
“He also provided private counseling for individuals, whether they were members of his church or not, Stonecipher said.
For 32 years, Timmons served as rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in London. He also served as director of the Procter Camp and Conference Center in London.
He was one of many chaplains affiliated with Madison County Hospital. According to Pat Baynes who accepted the Service Above Self Award on behalf of Timmons family, Timmons was the chaplain nurses called most often when a child or infant died. He also was the first chaplain for Madison County Home Health & Hospice.