Meet Martha Rose: 2023 Lancaster Rotarian of the Year

Martha Rose, Lancaster Rotary Club member, has received the 2023 Richard A. Benadum Rotarian of the Year Award.

The award honors the late Dick Benadum, who served the Club for more than 60 years and embodied the ideals of Rotary’s Four Way Test. He had 55 years of perfect attendance at Rotary Club meetings, served as the Secretary for 20 years and was awarded the Rotarian of the Year Award in 2015. The award was then named in his honor.

The recipient of this year’s award demonstrates the Rotary’s motto of “Service above Self” and serves the community through the principles of the Rotary.

Martha Rose, Rotarian of the Year Recipient (right), with Rotary Past President Laura Tussing.

Martha Rose has been a member of the Club for more than 30 years and has continued to make an impact in the organization and with her fellow Rotarians. During her time in the Lancaster Rotary Club, Rose spearheaded the annual Rotary Christmas Choir since its inception in 1996, retiring from being one of the organizers in 2022; supported the Rotary Foundation with her philanthropic giving as a Paul Harris Society member and Paul Harris Fellow; has recruited countless Rotarians for the Club’s blood drive for many years, and regularly leads musical entertainment for the Club at meetings throughout the year.

As her nominator said “If there is anyone who exemplified the tenants of Rotary, it is Martha Rose. She has been consistent in her involvement with a variety of club projects as well as her incredibly generous heart of financial giving to the Rotary Foundation.”

The Rotary Club of Lancaster is part of Rotary International, the world’s first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto Service Above Self. The Lancaster Rotary Club is comprised of approximately 140 business and community leaders and professionals who meet weekly for programs, networking, and friendship on Mondays at Noon.

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