2018 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.


Last year we celebrated Bob Hillis, the founder and CEO of Direct Supply, a national leader in supplying and supporting senior living facilities. Over the past three decades, Bob grew this Milwaukee-based company from an idea into a business that employs more than one-thousand people.


Jeff Fleming, Bob Hillis, Past President Nancy Sennett.


We now ask you, who should be our 2018 Rotary Person of the Year?


A committee of your fellow Rotarians is responsible for determining the award recipient.  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.


It is important to note, the most important step in the process is not in the hands of the committee.  The secret to a successful Rotary Person of the Year selection is the nomination submissions from RCM members.  Those nominations insure that top quality candidates are considered by the committee, and the brief text submitted by the nominator presents information     committee members will include in their review.  So, please consider nominating an individual you think would be a good candidate.            


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
  • 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: rpy@milwaukeerotary.com.


Our 2018 recipient will be announced in the late spring. We will present the award at a June Rotary meeting.


The deadline for submitting nominations will be Monday, January 15th.