Downtown Rotary honors pair for service

David Brown received the Rotarian of the Year award Wednesday from the Grand Junction Downtown Rotary Club.

Peggy Himes holds her Grand Junction Rotary Service Above Self award.

The Grand Junction Downtown Rotary Club presented two awards Wednesday afternoon to people whose volunteer service has benefited the community at large.

David Brown, the treasurer of the club, was named Rotarian of the Year by club President Chris Unfug.

Unfug said Brown was selected for his unselfish donation of time and money to help create a stronger community and for how he fully embraces the giving spirit of the club.

He personally thanked Brown for helping him fulfill his duties as president of the service organization this past year. Unfug will step down as president today and will be replaced by Bob Johnson.

Brown has been a Rotarian for 15 years, having volunteered for two other clubs in different states before moving to Grand Junction. This is the second time he has been honored as Rotarian of the Year. He was selected several years ago in Arizona, he said.

Brown’s Rotarian name tag lists his current occupation as “Parental Supervisor.”

“I’m a lucky stay-at-home dad,” Brown said.

He said he feels fortunate to have the time to help the club and watch it grow.

Meanwhile, Peggy Himes was given the Service Above Self award and was named the club’s Citizen of the Year.

Kathy O’Shea, marketing director for Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado, presented the award. She said Himes has volunteered her time for more than 50 years to a long list of service organizations and board memberships, including Hospice.

“Frankly, I thought I was over the hill for this type of thing,” Himes said of her surprise upon receiving the award.

She first volunteered as a room mother in her son’s school. She since has worked for more than 15 local organizations.

“I like the association I’ve had with people over the years,” she said in describing why she loves to volunteer.


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