Tim Colwell Receives Club’s Highest Honor

By GasserOnline Correspondent, Melissa Clark
Photos By Club Photographer, Ron Butler

Tim-Colwell-JGSSAS-AcceptanceThe Rotary Club of Tulsa named former past president and long-term Rotarian Tim Colwell as its 18th recipient of the James G. Saied Service Above Self and Then Some Award in June. The award – the highest honor bestowed by the club – is not given annually, but only when merited to those who truly exemplify the ideals of Rotary and give selflessly to the club, the community and to others in the spirit of past Rotarian Jimmie Saied.

Tim served as the club president in 2007-08 and most recently co-chaired the club’s Centennial Project Committee. Besides a four-year quest of negotiating with artists, contractors, city agencies and elected officials, the effort included a $1million capital campaign. This spring, the club’s Centennial Plaza on Williams Center Green was dedicated by immediate past president of Rotary International, Ray Klinginsmith.

Tim was also recognized for establishing the club’s annual Above and Beyond Awards, a program that honors Tulsa’s police and firefighter of the year.  At the surprise announcement honoring Tim in June, President Phil Lakin, Jr. said the Service Above Self … and Then Some Award reflects Tim’s “leadership, passion and tireless creative efforts to assure the success of the Club Centennial Rotary Plaza Project and the Above and Beyond Awards program since its inception.”

The inscription on the award goes on to state that the award recognizes Tim’s service, “…not only as a Club Officer but also as a skilled negotiator able to enlist support from both past and future club leaders, resulting in a smooth transition through otherwise difficult changes; for directing the modernization of the club’s image to a more youthful, progressive, up-to-date organization; and for exemplifying Rotary’s motto of Service Above Self in all his undertakings – both professional and private.”

“I am humbled and honored to receive an award that was created by and later named after one of my Rotary mentors, Jimmie Saied,” said Tim. “This is a great club with so many outstanding members. Nothing is accomplished by an individual; it’s always a team effort.”

Tim joins 17 others who also hold this prestigious award, including:

  • Jerry L. Cornelius (1977)
  • James G. Saied (1977)
  • W. Jack Davis (1977)
  • Allan J. Edwards, Jr. (1979)
  • James L. Bomar, (1980)
  • Robert D. Lengacher (1980)
  • Charles T. Clark (1980)
  • Lynn S. Wellborn (1985)
  • Larkin Bailey (1988)
  • Clinton J. Bohannon (1989)
  • Michael G. Pedrick (1993)
  • Harold W. Calhoon (1997)
  • John H. Maxwell, Jr. (1997
  • Gene T. Martin (1999)
  • Bob Vassar (2000)
  • Mike Chittom (2005)
  • Ron Butler (2011)