By GasserOnline Correspondents, TIM COLWELL and TOM DROEGE
Rotarian Ron Butler has been named recipient of the “James G. Saied Service Above Self … and Then Some” Award, the club’s highest honor.
With a thunderous standing ovation, the surprised Rotarian accepted the award at the April 6, 2011 meeting. President Bob McKenzie declared, “There is no other Rotarian in our club so dedicated, so committed and so deserving of this honor.”
A member of Rotary for 20 years, Ron has served in many club capacities, including positions at the committee level, on the board, and as an officer. With his creative partner and wife, Margaret, Ron has been the backbone of the club’s Henry P. Iba Citizen Athlete Awards since the event’s inception. Not only did Ron design the 25-pound Iba award itself, but he and his staff manage the entire event production, including planning, executing promotions and publicity, scripting and creating all the printed materials associated with the club’s signature event.
A graphic designer and co-owner of Butler & Butler, Ron created the new Rotary Club of Tulsa logo and graphics in 2007. Additionally, whenever there has been a graphic design need, Ron has cheerfully stepped up. His creativity is reflected in the logos and graphics for the Tulsa Rotary Foundation and the Allan Edwards Society, the Rotary Club of Tulsa/Beryl Ford Collection, Rotary’s Elite Repeat, the club’s centennial project, Camp Enterprise, membership development, and the numerous framed special awards, posters and banners we’ve required overnight. Regularly, Ron serves as club photographer.
Outside of the club, Ron helped Southside Rotary with creative needs for its annual Henry Bellmon Awards.
Last year, Ron was recognized by then-President Del Dreyer as the 2010 Rotarian of the Year. “Ron sets an example for us all – a model for how we are to serve and live as Rotarians,” said Del.
In addition to his contribution of time and talents, Ron is a Club Foundation Fellow and a Paul Harris Fellow.
The “James G. Saied Service Above Self … and Then Some” Award was created by Past-President Jimmie Saied, in 1977. Jerry Cornelius was the first recipient and others have included Allan Edwards, Bob Lengacher, Hal Calhoon, Jack Maxwell, Gene Martin and Bob Vassar. The late Mike Chittom was the last to receive the honor, in 2005.
PHOTO: Rotary Club of Tulsa President Bob McKenzie presents the “James G. Saied Service Above Self…And Then Some” award to Ron Butler at the April 6 meeting.