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Lesslie Knight was the recipient of the Juneau Rotary Club's Individual Vocational Service Award last week at the Juneau-Douglas High School staff meeting at JDHS. Principal John Norman introduced David Fremming, president of the service organization who made the presentation, along with past president J. Allan MacKinnon.
The Rotary Award recognizes persons and organizations that maintain high ethical standards in their professions and in their community. According to the citation, "We recognize Lesslie Knight today as a coach, mentor, role model and teacher for the youth of JDHS and our community. She performs well both on and off the court and classroom. Youth look to her as a friend, role model, mentor and teacher through daily contact at Juneau Douglas High School."
According to Knight, "The greatest thing about coaching is watching young people grow ... grow as people."
Every year the Juneau Rotary presents vocational service awards to individuals, organizations and businesses. Earlier this year Alaskan Brewing Company received the business award. SAGA's YABAH - Young Alaskans Building Affordable Housing program - received the nonprofit award; and the JDHS STEPS - Students Taking Employability Skills Successfully program - received the public sector award.
The Juneau Rotary Club, along with its sister clubs - Juneau Glacier Valley Rotary and Juneau Gastineau Rotary - are probably best known for their International Student Exchange program. Rotary International is approaching its 100th Anniversary in 2005 and Juneau Rotary will be 70 years old.