ACU VP emeritus named Rotarian of the YearPosted July 13, 2010
In recognition of his work as a premier servant leader, former Texas State Representative Robert Hunter was given the Rotarian of the Year award by the Rotary Club. The senior vice president emeritus of ACU received the award at a luncheon in his honor.
Hunter was honored by Rotary District 5790, which includes 63 Rotary clubs. He was nominated by fellow Rotarians for having high professional standards and ethics, as well as being active in the community and club activities such as proposing new members, youth exchange, group study exchange, fund-raising activities, community projects, and district and international meetings.
"I was greatly surprised that my colleagues in the Abilene Rotary Club chose to bestow the Rotarian of the Year award on me," says Hunter. "Beyond my family, my church and ACU, I have devoted my life to serving in Rotary, which accomplishes so much around the world to uplift those in great need, especially the drives to end polio in our lifetime."
Rotary International is the world's first service club organization, with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide, according to its website. Rotary club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace and eradicate polio under the motto "Service Above Self."
Hunter, who graduated from ACU with a B.A. degree in 1952 and an M.B.A. in 1976, has received many awards from the university. The Robert D. Hunter Sing Song Award is given to Sing Song participants who demonstrate creative and visionary thinking. The most recent addition to the ACU campus, the Robert D. and Shirley Hunter Welcome Center, is also named in his honor.
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