Now Accepting 2013 Rotary Person of the Year Nominations

What do Edmund Fitzgerald, Florence Eiseman, Harry Quadracci and Barry Mandel have in common? They have all received RCM’s highest honor, the Rotary Person of the Year Award.


The Rotary Person of the Year (RPY) committee is now accepting nominations for the 2013 award. Do you know someone who has made significant contributions to Milwaukee? Now is the time to make your nomination.  The RPY Committee is accepting nominations through January 15.


The purpose of this award is to highlight the Second Object 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, the recipients of the Rotary Person of the Year award are 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.


It’s important to note that the award honors contributions made through an individual’s profession, not through civic and philanthropic efforts. This focus on the vocational contribution distinguishes this award from others. The award is also intended to recognize individuals who are professionally active, not retired.


The 2013 Rotary Person of the Year will be honored during our centennial celebration. While the committee has no strict centennial criteria, they will give special consideration to nominations with a centennial connection. This could include someone from an organization with a strong connection to RCM’s history or a similar 100+ year record in the community, for example.


Committee chair Nick Wilson said, “The committee would like to seek out those individuals and entrepreneurs who make a difference in our community but may not be well-known. While the Rotary Person of the Year has often been someone who has received multiple honors for their efforts, we welcome and encourage nominations of less-familiar candidates who have made significant contributions to the community through their professions.”


How to Submit Your Nomination


The nomination process is very straightforward. Simply describe why you think the individual you’re nominating meets our criteria and should receive the award, noting any centennial connections. Nominations should be no more than one page in length and must be submitted electronically as a Word document.  You may submit a one page attachment to highlight or note any special attribute beyond what you have written in your nomination.  Send your nomination and attachment to:


Our 2013 recipient will be announced in the spring and we’ll have the opportunity to hear and learn from the recipient at a club meeting.


For more information, go to the Rotary website and click on the RPY tab or contact RPY committee, chair Nick Wilson:
(414) 475-6565,