The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club honored 157 “Student Volunteers of the Year” at their annual Youth Recognition Breakfast Wednesday morning. The student volunteers and their parents were guests of the Rotary Club at a 7:00 a.m. breakfast at the Lake Forest Club.
The recipients received an Award Certificate and introduced themselves and identified their schools and volunteer activities to the full room of attendees and the TV crew from Lake Forest Television. All the volunteers were warmly applauded by their peers, parents and Rotary Club members, culminating with a standing ovation at the end of the program.
Fourteen different schools and organizations throughout Lake Forest and Lake Bluff submitted the names of their student volunteers to the Rotary Club’s organizing committee. The beneficiaries of the students’ volunteer efforts ranged from such local community organizations as CROYA and Lake Forest Open Lands to those targeting less fortunate areas and individuals such as Beacon Place in Waukegan, North Chicago Community Partners, and Northern Illinois Food Bank.
“It is our honor and privilege to host these fine students and their families at this annual event,” said Brad Andersen, this year’s Rotary Club president. “The volunteer work of these students makes a valuable contribution to our communities and instills a practice of future service in them,” added David Barkhausen, the event chairman. “It is heartening to see our young people learning the benefits and value of this activity at an early age.”
The Lake Forest-Lake Bluff Rotary Club, a 70-member branch of Evanston-based Rotary International, consists of many of the area’s business, civic and professional leaders and is one of thousands of Rotary service clubs with 1.2 million members in 200 countries around the world. The annual Youth Recognition Breakfast is one of the service activities the local Club undertakes throughout the year.