With more than 50 years of service as a local firefighter in addition to many other volunteer endeavors in Carroll County, Erroll Rhea Jett was an easy choice for The Rotary Club of Hillsville’s Family and Community Service Award.
Jett was presented the award during the Rotary Club’s annual awards ceremony Thursday at Shoney’s in Hillsville. Rotary Club President Steve Pottorff said Jett particularly enjoys helping children.
“The first time I ever met Erroll Rhea, he had come to the extension office and I had just started as an agent and he was very, very upset because there were a bunch of ground bees and he was really upset that somebody was going to get hurt by those bees,” Pottorff said. “I assured him they don’t sting, they are just a nuisance. I have since learned that whenever kids are around, Erroll Rhea does everything he can to help them. He loves kids.”
Pottorff noted that Jett started the FCA chapter at Hillsville Elementary School and he also reads to Pre-K students. Additionally, he works with children during the Kids’ Ag Days at the Carroll County Fair each summer.
“In addition to being a baseball coach for 21 years, he has volunteered with the Hillsville Fire Department for over 50 years. He is an elder in the Hillsville Christian Church and he is a veteran of the armed forces,” Pottorff said. “It is my great privilege to present this award to Erroll Rhea Jett.”
The award comes with a stipend of $150, which Jett chose to donate to the Back2School Program.
Several awards were also presented awards Thursday to members of The Rotary Club. Hillsville Rotarian Ina Horton was honored with a 30-year Perfect Attendance Awards. Horton also has been honored with almost all awards that can be given to Rotarians, including the Skelton Fellow, a Paul Harris Fellow, and she has received the Five Avenues of Service Award.
Also receiving Perfect Attendance Awards Thursday were Chris Goad and Steve Pottorff (one year), Susan Huxster and Jane Munsey (two years), Strader Blankenship, Mandi McCraw and Cary Simms (three years), Jeanne Edwards, Oliver McBride and Kim Robinette (four years), Nick Fairhurst and Brian Spencer (five years), Kathryn Farris (six years), Barry Mayberry (12 years), Jim Kilbourne (14 years) and Robert Leonard (29 years).
Robert Smith, Gerald Goad and Kay Carter were also honored as Paul Harris Fellows during the meeting. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
Kathryn Farris was honored Thursday as a Skelton Fellow. A Skelton Fellow is named by a club with a gift of $500 to the Skelton Scholarship. William E. Skelton, Dean Emeritus of Virginia Tech, was an out- standing leader of Rotary International, Rotary District 7570, and the Rotary Foundation. The Skeltons led the effort to build the Alumni Conference Center of Virginia Tech, serving as chair of a committee that gave oversight to the planning, design and fundraising for the $45 million center and hotel that provides space for continuing education of adults and youth. The complex was named the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center, to recognize the service to the university by Skelton and his wife, Peggy.
Jane Munsey was awarded Thursday with the Five Avenues of Service Award, which goes to a Rotarian who goes above and beyond in any of the five areas of service (Club, Vocational, Community, International, and Youth).
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