• Winner: Second Place
  • Date: 1/9/2018
  • Rotary Year: 2017-2018
  • Award Category: Vocational Service
  • Club NameBlacksburg
  • Member First NameFerne Moschella
  • Address: 
    2607 Warm Hearth Drive
    Suite 100
    Blacksburg, VA 24060
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  • Email: fernem@warmhearth.org
  • Brief Description: 
    Citizen of the Year Award
    • Award presented to a non-Rotarian, County resident annually
    • Granted every year since 1990
    • Selection for this award is based ethical business behavior (4–way test), service to the community (Service Above Self). Committee also places weight on selecting persons that represent the various careers and vocations in our community.
    • Club makes $500 contribution to charity of recipient’s choice
    • Recipients have been well know names in the community, and also unsung heroes that came to light only as result of their nomination
    • Past winners represent multiple vocations and industries including high school principal, barber, doctor, newspaper editor, fire chief, college president, public utility foreman, Realtor, coach, rescue squad, metal recycler, attorney, child care provider

    Vocation Student Awards / Scholarships
    • Awards and $1000 scholarships are awarded annually to HS seniors based equally on excellence in their chosen curriculum, and their volunteerism / service.
    • Four (4) awards / scholarships were given to high school seniors pursuing higher education in Career & Technical Education studies at a Community College or Vocational School
    • Four (4) awards / scholarships were given to high school seniors pursuing higher education in Math or Science studies in college
    • Four (4) awards / scholarships were given to high school seniors for achievements in the fine arts
    • Rotary meetings are held in their honor to present their awards. The recipients, their nominating teachers speak to the club. Students’ parents and the school’s curriculum supervisors also attend the program.

    First Responder of the Year Award
    • Demonstrates the club’s gratitude and respect for the County’s first responders and to acknowledge and bring attention to the tremendous volunteer contributions made by these men and women.
    • Selected as our inaugural recipient a 43-year veteran of a local fire department
    • Donated $500 to the recipient’s department



    Club Programs
    Multiple programs are offered throughout the year demonstrating various vocations and industries including:
    • Electrical Engineering/Amateur Radio
    • Non-profit management (several)
    • Hyperloop Team (Electrical & Aerospace Engineering)
    • Banking
    • Medicine and Dentistry
    • Youth Outreach Programs
    • K-12, Higher Education and Adult Education
    • History and Race Relations
    • Cycling
    • Environmental Science, Sustainability and Energy Management
    • Social Media Publishing
    • Utilities
    • Coaching
    • Ethical Leadership
    • Drone Research
    • Biology
    • Local Government Politics and Management
    • Child Care
    • Military
  • Participation of Club Members: 
    • Citizen of the Year – Process administered by 9 committee members (10% of active membership). Club members and community at large solicited for nominations
    • Student awards /scholarships – 9 committee members (10% of active membership). Nominations solicited from county school teachers, guidance counselors and administrators.
    • Programs – 10 to 15 (11% -16%) members between committee and other club members who recommend & coordinate speakers.
  • Resulting Benefits: 
    The Club’s vocational service efforts are intended to advance Rotary’s commitment to foster and recognize all worthwhile careers and vocations in our communities. Our programs and awards convey this to our community and also reinforce this Rotary goal within the Club. Our interaction with the many individuals and organizations in implementing these programs helps to convey Rotary’s respect for all vocations and our philosophy of the “Four Way Test” in conducting our personal and business lives.

    The Club’s support of student focused activities helps to instill Rotary ideals of character and service in our younger citizens.
    Our student programs also remind us of all the wonderful young people we have in our community who are doing the right thing every day as these are top student leaders at their school, athletes, plus they volunteer their time and service to help others.

    The program speakers provide our members with learning opportunities and a better understanding of the variety of vocations that impact our local economy and make our community what it is.