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Scott named District 6560s 'mighty' Rotarian of the Year

Friday, March 30, 2012

While enjoying the district conference she organized, Ginger Scott (left) was honored by District Governor Nancy Madru as the 2012 Rotarian of the Year for District 6560.
Last weekend's Rotary District 6560 conference in French Lick was already supposed to be the crowning achievement for Ginger Scott's 2011-2012 Rotary year.

In chairing the conference, Scott oversaw the details of Rotary's "March Mania" theme, planning, delegating and remaining a calm influence on her fellow workers.

But things got even better for Scott when District Governor Nancy Madru announced the Greencastle club member as the 2012 Rotarian of the Year.

"When challenged by an obstacle, Ginger finds a way over it, through it, or around it," Madru said. "Don't be fooled by her diminutive appearance ... she's quite mighty."

Scott expressed her gratitude for the award and for the chance to serve an organization she holds dearly.

"It was a great honor to be recognized by the district governor in that role," Scott said. "It's been an honor and a pleasure to serve not only the local club, but also the district and Rotary worldwide."

The timing of the award was suitable, as Scott's role in planning the conference weighed heavily in Madru's choice.

"There are a million details to executing such an event and Ginger's touch on the district conference was amazing," she said. "She was able to delegate tasks to fellow Rotarians and keep all the plates spinning at once."

By design, Rotary is composed of leaders, but Madru said Scott has a knack for keeping the proverbial "too many chiefs" problem in check.

"Rotary is filled with many 'Type A' personalities and Ginger was able to keep everyone in check and I would venture to say, anyone on the team would gladly serve on anything she's in charge of again," Madru said. "Ginger doesn't ask anything of anyone she isn't willing to do herself and has an uncanny knack of choosing the right person for the right task."

Of course, Rotarian of the Year doesn't come down to just one weekend. Throughout the year, Scott has served as deputy governor, providing administrative guidance to the Rockville and Crawfordsville clubs in addition to her work in Greencastle.

"More than administratively, she is a friend to their clubs," Madru said. "She attends their events and fundraisers, advises them on issues that they (and other clubs) encounter. When she doesn't have the answer, she points them to the right resource.

"She is knowledgeable about Rotary because she invests the time and effort into the training required to keep on top of the details. And then, she executes."

Officers at the club level also sing Scott's praises.

"Ginger has served our club for many years and has been very active in the district," Club President David English said. "She has been a real asset to not only our club and represented our club statewide. That just reflects well on our club, as far as I'm concerned."

Another of Scott's assets is her ability to recruit others. Over the years, this has manifested itself in a number of new members. In the coming year, it will lead to English serving in a larger role.

"At Ginger's request and encouragement, I will continue to represent our club district-wide because I will be assistant governor in the coming year," English said. "That's just another way she has affected Rotary in general and our club in particular."

For Scott, it all springs from a true passion for the organization and a belief in service.

"I truly believe in the mission of Rotary and whether it's working on the administration parts of Rotary or service projects that help better our world, I'm thrilled to be a part of that," she said.

Of course, any good Rotarian comes back to motto of "Service Above Self," recognizing it doesn't take just one.

"I appreciate all the support the local club gives and that the district gives so that we can do the mission of Rotary," Scott said. "No one person does it all, but we have a great team."

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