AS we always say - you must be present to win! Today we handed out our Sunday Daily prizes and our grand prizes...and it was rewarding to see everyone happy, receiving their prizes and thanking us for holding this event.
I always love to see the Juniors and how excited they are as we call their name and they come up for their award!
Today I had a very humbling experience that I want to share with you.
As we handed out the Daily prizes - there was one Junior who was not present at the time we called his name. We announced his name three times, and then moved on to the next entry. I always hate to see when a child does not get what he/she earned.....
After the awards ceremony, the father of the child who missed the award ask to speak with me. As he started to say that they had arrived late and missed the calling of the name...I started to feel bad. But then I heard this:
The boy who won the next prize down - Ethan Kinney from Hancock, NH - heard that Adam had arrived too late to receive his prize. Ethan made the surprising choice to give his award to Adam since Adam had earned it! I was so moved! I was able to thank Ethan, give him a hug - and have to say that I am so proud of him!
Rotary has a motto - "service above self".....and I truly believe that Ethan went above and beyond for his fellow fisherman!
Thank you Ethan for being an inspiration to us all about Good Sportsmanship! I can't wait to see you next year - and hope that you catch a great fish!
To all our participants - please have a great year - and we look forward to seeing everyone next year!
Chairperson - Winni Derby
Laconia Rotary Member