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The J & K Kissinger award was established in 1989 by then District 6540 Governor Bill Heinhuis to honor Jack and Kay Kissinger for their many years of dedicated service to Rotary at the local, nationa l and international levels.  Jack was the second Governor of District 6540 and was responsible for establishing a number of Rotary activities in Indiana and at the International level. Included in, but not limited to, thoseactivities are:

·   First Paul Harris Fellow in Indiana

·    Supported the founding of several Rotary Clubs in Arizona

·    Founded the Fellowship of Roaming Rotarians at Rotary Int.

·     Served the International at several R.I. Conventions

·     Visited over 2000 Rotary Clubs throughout the world

Kay was his lifelong dedicated partner and companion who participated in all these activities. She devoted time and talent to assure the successful accomplishment of Jack's vision for Rotary and Rotarians.

Governor Heinhuis thought that an award in the Kissingers' name outstanding District 6540 Rotarian would be the proper way to remember Jack and Kay's contributions. When founding the award, he decided to bestow it on a different District Rotarian each year based on his or her service to Rotary in three areas:

  • Dedicated service to Rotary at District or International
  • Dedicated civic or community service
  • Dedicated service to his or her Rotary Club

Therefore, on an annual basis, a deserving Rotarian from District 6540 is selected for the award using the following process:

Dec-Jan . - First letter requesting nominations is mailed to all

District Presidents. Nomination forms are included with this letter.

Jan 31 - Second reminder letter is mailed to Club Presidents.

Jan-Mar 15 - Nomination forms received at Elkhart Club.

Mar. 15 - 31 - Nominees submitted to Selection Committee for review and selection. The selection committee shall be comprised of following members:

Chair Person: J & K Kissinger Award Committee Chair

·        J & K Kissinger Award Committee Members

·        Elkhart Rotary Club Board Member

·       A Kissinger Family Member

·       District Governor

·       District Governor Elect

Mar 31 Committee selection completed and Plaque ordered from Rotary

End of April Plaque received at Elkhart Rotary Club

May-June Award presented at the District Convention by Elkhart President or his Designee