The West Palm Beach Rotary Club’s 2016-2017
Service Above Self Awards Luncheon
February 21, 2017
11:30 am - 1:00 pm
West Palm Beach, FL
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RICHARD E. LINN
Richard E. Linn will receive the 2016-2017 Service Above Self Award from the West Palm Beach Rotary Club. He has been an outstanding leader and member of the West Palm Beach Rotary Club for 52 years. Richard was President of the West Palm Beach Rotary Club from 1974 to 1975.
The West Palm Beach Rotary Club has approximately 100 members representing diverse businesses and organizations. It was founded in 1919. Also, it is a member of Rotary International with over 1.2 million members and over 35,000 clubs around the world.
For 19 years, Richard has been the phenomenal Chairperson of the Club’s Paul Harris Fellows Committee. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. As a result of his zeal and commitment, 200 Club members and their family members became Paul Harris Fellows and they contributed over $280,000 to Rotary International.
Also, his leadership and dynamic personality facilitated the success of diverse local, national, and international service projects helping 1,000’s of children and families. For example, he has been an active sponsor for Club’s membership recruitment and diverse service projects that help 20 elementary schools in West Palm Beach.
Terry Lehman nominated Richard Linn for the Service Above Self-Award – Club Member. He aptly described Richard’s exceptional contributions to the Club and helping others by saying “Richard has name badge #1 and He is #1.”
Richard E. Linn was the Mayor City of West Palm Beach from 1975 to 1976. Currently, he resides in West Palm Beach with his lovely wife Margi.
Samuel H. “Jack” Hairston III, Founder of “Jack the Bike Man, Inc.” will receive the Service Above Self Award – Community Organization from the West Palm Beach Rotary Club. Since 2007, Jack, the Bike Man, Inc. is an outstanding, not for profit organization that fixed and donated tens of thousands of bikes to children and adults who can’t afford their own bicycles.
The Mission of “Jack the Bike Man” is to strengthen our community through bicycle education and safety programs. His December 2016 holiday bike giveaway delivered over 1,200 bicycles to disadvantaged children in a single morning.
Jack Hairston is constantly expanding the services he provides to help others. For example, he is collaborating with staff and students at Conniston Middle School to have an after-school program to provide bikes to numerous students. Also, in the future he hopes to have a mobile bike repair trailer that can go to varied schools and repair students’ bikes.
In addition, “Jack the Bike Man, Inc.” collaborates with The Lord’s Place to provide job-training opportunities for their reentry program for women coming out of prison who are residents of the Lord’s Place. It provides mentoring, job skills training and encouragement to help them make a successful transition to a better life.
Also, it partners with other charities to help people struggling with substance abuse to overcome their addictions by working in the bicycle shop, providing bikes to adults who need bikes to get to work and remain out of poverty and support their families through volunteering at the shop in exchange for paying for the bike.
Jack, the Bike Man, Inc. provides a bike each month to Belvedere Elementary for their Virtue Award to one special student. In addition, it is a location for people to complete court related community service hours, including a special arrangement with The Drug Court.
Many High School students come to Jack the Bike Man to do their Community Service Hours that are required for High School graduation. Furthermore, Jack, the Bike Man, Inc. is the place to donate your old bicycle and you will receive a receipt for a tax deduction.
Jack Hairston and the “Jack the Bike Man. Inc.” volunteers are outstanding examples of an organization that exemplifies “Service Above Self”. His awesome commitment to helping others has been recognized by MSNBC, City of West Palm Beach – Humanitarian of the Community Award, Finalist – Jefferson Award, Blue Dove Award, Daughters of the American Revolution Community Service Award, Doyle Foundation for Non Profit Excellence in Sun Sentinel, Boca Raton Magazine, local press, and television.