Rotary District 5330 Club President of the Year Award!

Thomas Smith, President of the Rotary Club of Palm Springs for 2014-2015, received the District 5330 Club President of the Year Award!

THOMAS SMITH NAMED ROTARY CLUB PRESIDENT OF THE YEAR FOR INTERIOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA FOR 2014-2015

PALM SPRINGS, CA, USA…May 17, 2015

Thomas Smith, President of the Rotary Club of Palm Springs for 2014-2015, received the District Club President of the Year Award at the Interior Southern California’s Rotary District 5330 Conference on May 16, 2015. Those Rotarians in attendance enthusiastically agreed by offering a round of applause along with a standing ovation. Thomas took the stage and accepted the prestigious award from District Governor Shab El Awar. Thomas is an award-winning author. His book “Living Leadership” was honored in the 2015 International Book Awards in the Business: Careers category and the 2014 USA Best Book Awards in the Business: Motivational category. His book “Shades of Leadership” was honored in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards in the Business: Careers category.

Thomas is an active member of his community and was recognized by the Palm Springs Human Rights Commission with its Community Service Award in 2015 and the Greater Palm Springs Pride organization as Community Grand Marshal in 2014. In 2014, he received the Presidential Call to Service Award, national recognition for demonstrating a commitment to volunteerism. He was a member of Rotary’s Vocational Training Team for education and literacy to India in 2014. Through his leadership and ongoing participation in community service projects and his dedication, Thomas promotes Rotary in his actions and involvements and has lead the Rotary Club of Palm Springs to “Light Up Rotary” this Rotary year.

Under Thomas’s leadership, the Rotary Club of Palm Springs received sixteen Rotary recognitions and awards at this year’s District Conference, including the Rotary International (RI) President’s Citation. A special citation for achievement also came from the District 5330 Governor Shab El Awar. The club was recognized by the district in all areas of Rotary service – community, youth, vocational, club administration, and international. The club received recognition for leadership in membership growth, foundation, literacy, public image, and website. During the current Rotary year, the club has increased its membership over fifty percent. Also, the club sponsored Interact Club at Palm Springs High School was recognized. Thomas Smith states, “It is great to see The Rotary Club of Palm Springs build on its strong legacy of service to be a catalyst this year to do even more for this community.”

The District held its annual District Conference May 15-17, 2015 in Cathedral City, California. District 5330 has more 60 clubs and more than 2,000 Rotarians. The Rotarians spend the year doing service to humanity, providing fellowship, and providing thousands of meals, all in the name of Rotary. The District Conference is more than just Rotarians meeting. It is a celebration of a year of change; a year of solidarity; and a year of friendship. The conference includes leadership training, motivational speakers, votes related to Rotary business, and a number of programs, such as an opportunity for high school students to give speeches related to ethical decision-making models. Rotary District 5330 is a district that ranges from Temecula to Lake Arrowhead and from Corona to Coachella in the interior of southern California.

The Rotary Club of Palm Springs was founded in 1941. Members of the club have donated in excess of $1 million to over 50 local charities and sponsored scholarships for students via the club’s local Foundation. Additionally, the club has raised more than $60,000 specifically to assist Rotary International’s efforts to eradicate Polio worldwide. Members of the Rotary Club of Palm Springs are leaders in the community and their chosen professions such as education, tourism and hospitality, medicine, real estate, and business. The Rotary Club of Palm Springs meets weekly on Wednesday’s at noon at the Hilton Hotel in Palm Springs.

Rotary International, the world’s first service club organization, is made up of over 34,000 clubs located in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Its members form a global network of business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities and the world. Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self”, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organization’s more than 1.3 million members. The Chinese philosopher Confucius said, “It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness.” Rotarians demonstrate this philosophy everyday as they carry out projects in their communities and around the world, lighting candles of hope through their actions.

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