Grand Junction Rotary recognizes service, commitment

Photos by Gretel Daugherty/The Daily Sentinel—Toby and Debbie Cruz listen as they are honored by the Grand Junction Rotary Club with the Service Above Self award during the club’s luncheon Wednesday at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Max Krey was recognized Wednesday as Rotarian of the year by the Grand Junction Rotary club.

The Rotary Club of Grand Junction handed out two awards during its Wednesday luncheon, honoring one long-standing member for his support of the Rotary Club and a couple committed to serving the community.

Max Krey, 92, owner of Mak Energy Inc., was named Rotarian of the Year, while Toby and Debbie Cruz were given the Service Above Self Award.

Krey, a geologist, avid supporter of Colorado Mesa University athletics, and a Rotary member since 1970, was recognized for his generous and consistent financial support of the local Rotary Club and numerous entities around town.

Outgoing Rotary president Kevin McChesney joked before presenting Krey with the Rotarian of the Year award that Krey “doesn’t need his name on another plaque.”

“(Max) is a pretty quiet guy for the most part,” McChesney said. “I think that unselfish type of person is surprised when they receive an award. As usual, he had few words to say.”

Toby and Debbie Cruz were equally humbled by the Service Above Self Award they received Wednesday, said presenter and Rotary member John Duffy.

For the past 18 years, Toby Cruz has been president of Monument Little League, doing everything from scheduling games for 10 age divisions on five fields, to paying the utility bills, and Debbie has helped the league by staffing the concession stand up to six days a week, Duffy said.

“The award says, ‘Service Above Self,’ and that’s exactly what they do,” he added.

The Monument Little League runs with the help of numerous volunteers and a board of directors, but the Cruzes are the engine that keeps it running, volunteering 40-plus hours a week in between their full-time jobs, Duffy said.

The Monument Little League serves an estimated 700 boys and girls every spring/summer and another 250 to 300 boys and girls in the fall.


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