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April 17, 2014

Rotary Club to honor Andover's unsung heroes

Citizens Who Care, Educator of Year dinner May 8

Ten individuals who give of themselves for the good of the community together with one distinguished teacher are being singled out as the Rotary Club of Andover’s 2014 Citizens Who Care and Educator of the Year.

Volunteering is a way of life in Andover, Rotary Club officers say. For the last 17 years, the club has been recognizing extraordinary volunteers who contribute beyond their normal job descriptions as its annual Citizens Who Care honorees. Six years ago, the club broadened its annual recognition to include an Educator of the Year.

“Our club believes in ‘service above self’ as a way of life, yet it can be under the radar for recognition, so this event is one way for the community at-large to say thank-you to deserving citizens,” Rotary Club president Bob Lavoie said in a release.

A recognition dinner to spotlight this year’s recipients will be held Thursday, May 8, starting at 6 p.m. at the Wyndham Andover Hotel.

Gallery portraits of all of the honorees will be unveiled at the dinner. Following the event, the portraits will be displayed throughout the year in Andover Town Hall and at several banks and businesses as a visible reminder of the spirit of volunteerism. The photos will eventually be archived at the Andover Historical Society.

The Rotary Club of Andover meets Fridays at 7:30 a.m. at the Lanam Club, 260 North Main St., Andover. The community is welcome to attend.

Tickets for the Citizens Who Care and Educator of the Year dinner are $50 and available online at www.rotaryandover.org.

2014 CITIZENS WHO CARE

DAVID BUNTING

Bunting grew up backpacking in upstate New York near the Adirondacks. There, he became inspired by the work people have done to build and maintain trails, ladders, bridges and other accommodations that make trails more accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. Soon after moving to the area and taking up residence at the edge of Harold Parker State Forest, Bunting connected with Al French, a 1999 Citizens Who Care recipient, who introduced him to Andover’s open spaces. Together they revived the Andover Trails Committee and led locals in building bridges, maintaining trails and offering hikes throughout town. Brown has also united the Andover Trails Committee with the Andover Historical Society to highlight the history found along many of Andover’s trails.

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