November 2018 CONNECTING Newsletter
2019 Rotary Person of the Year

The Rotary Club of Milwaukee has no higher honor than the Rotary Person of the Year Award.  Annually, our club honors an accomplished local individual who has distinguished herself or himself with professional accomplishments.


Unlike other awards that recognize civic and philanthropic achievements, the Rotary Person of the Year honors leaders who build, employ, and have an economic impact in our region.  Members of our club are eligible for the award, but, most often, the winner comes from outside the club.


Last year we celebrated Michael Barber, a leading executive with GE Healthcare.


It is important to note, the most important step in the process of selecting the Rotary Person of the Year is in your hands.  The secret to a successful Rotary Person of the Year selection is the nomination submissions from RCM members.  Michael Barber was nominated by Rotarian John Ridley.  Past winner Sr. Edna Lonergan was nominated by Rotarian Doug MacNeil.  And, Rotarian Nancy Sennett nominated past winner Nan Gardetto.


We now ask you, who should be our 2019 Rotary Person of the Year?


A committee of your fellow Rotarians reviews the nominations.  It’s a straight forward process in which the nominees’ attributes are scrutinized and compared.  The impressive list is narrowed, and one award winner is selected.


The purpose of this award highlights the Second Objective of Rotary:

to foster high ethical standards in business and the professions

to recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations; and

to dignify each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society.


As such, past Rotary Person of the Year Award recipients include individuals who:

through their profession have made the community a better place to live and work.

and have shown outstanding leadership in the advancement of ideas, products or services.


The Rotary Person of the Year Committee requests that nominators follow these guidelines:

Describe why you think the individual you’re nominating meets our criteria and should receive the award.

Nominations should be one page or less in length and must be submitted electronically as a Word document.

Submit a one page attachment if necessary to highlight or note any special attributes beyond what you have written in your nomination.

Send your nomination and attachment to:

Our 2019 recipient will be announced in the late spring.

We will present the award at a June Rotary meeting.


Again, your nominations insure that top quality candidates are considered by the committee.  So, please consider nominating an individual you think would be a good candidate. The deadline for submitting nominations will be Monday, January 14th.