One of the highlights of the Rotary Club of Juneau’s annual “Changing of the Guard” banquet, is the announcement of its Rotarian of the Year. This year’s event saw long-time club member and community volunteer, Wayne Jensen, presented with the “Service Above Self” award.
A Rotarian for more than 35 years, Jensen, president and senior principal of the architectural firm Jensen Yorba Lott, was honored for his Rotary and community involvement. Since joining Rotary in 1977, the licensed architect oversaw several Rotary projects, including the renovation of the Evergreen Bowl pool building, the climbing wall at the Zack Gordon Youth Center, the Rotary picnic kiosk at Auke Bay, the greenhouse at Lemon Creek Correctional Facility, and several others. He is a strong advocate for Juneau’s youth, serving as a mentor to architectural interns at his firm, as well as volunteering his time and talents for numerous years as a board member and current president of the Alaska Committee.
Not content with constructing physical structures, Jensen also helped build the club’s annual Rotary Foundation Auction from scratch, which helps the club donate upwards of $20,000 annually to Rotary International’s foundation. He has held almost every office imaginable at the club level and has worked extensively at the district level, as well. For Rotary District 5010 (Alaska-Yukon), he has filled a number of positions from trainer and facilitator to assistant district governor.
The Rotarian of the Year “Service Above Self” Award is the highest honor club members can bestow upon a fellow member. It recognizes and honors someone who, over time, best exemplifies Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self and is based on club positions held, along with contributions and service to the organization and community. To be considered, a Rotarian must be a member in good standing, active in at least three to four club activities, meet the professional standards and ethics exemplified by the organization’s Four-Way Test, and be a member of the club for at least five years. The award, which was begun in 2009, has been awarded to John Sandor (2009), Sharon Gaiptman (2010), Bob Rehfeld (2011) and Sally Saddler (2012).
For more information about the Rotary Club of Juneau, visit the club’s facebook page (Rotary Club of Juneau) or www.juneaurotary.org. The club meets weekly at noon at the Baranof Hotel.