Ray Klinginsmith Distinguished Service Award

About the Award:

To celebrate our local pride in Kirksville Rotarian Ray Klinginsmith being nominated to the position of Rotary International President for 2010-2011, the Rotary Club of Kirksville has established the Ray Klinginsmith Distinguished Service Award. The award is named in recognition of Ray Klinginsmith, a long time member and leader of the Rotary Club of Kirksville. Ray is an example of a person who has demonstrated significant achievements in club, community, state and international involvement.

This award is to recognize Ray Klinginsmith and other Rotary members like him, who have had significant impact in not only their local club, but in other clubs, organizations, community events and special projects, etc. on a local and/or regional and/or state and/or national/international basis.


The purpose of this award is to annually recognize one Rotary member from the Rotary Club of Kirksville and one member from the Thousands Hills Rotary Club who has demonstrated distinguished service through leadership or involvement in both their Club and in other civic, volunteer, national and international organizations.


Recipients must be a current member of the Rotary Club of Kirksville or the 1000 Hills Club.
Candidates for the award must show leadership, involvement and achievement in BOTH their Rotary club and other civic, community, regional, state, national or international. The selection Committee should document this for presentation to the Club.
This award recognizes cumulative achievement rather than choosing someone for one or two successful events/programs.

Selection and Award Procedures:

A Klinginsmith Distinguished Service Awards Committee will be appointed each year by the Rotary Club of Kirksville. Members will be provided with information about the award in the fall of each year with nominations, selection and wards being given in the Spring/early summer. (With the exception of the first award being given at the clubs 90th birthday celebration)

The Committee will consist of members from both Rotary Clubs and will be as diverse as possible (e.g.: men, women, new /seasoned members).

The committee will review nominations, consider criteria and select recipients on a confidential basis and send their recommendations to the Rotary Club of Kirksville Board for approval.

The Award will be presented at a meeting in the Spring/Summer and presented by Ray Klinginsmith or his designee.


Each recipient will receive a framed certificate/plaque recognizing the honor bestowed.

Also, a news release with a picture of the recipients will be given to the local newspaper, the Club newsletter, RI, District Governor and any other place so desired by the recipients.