Rotarian of the Year
     On February 23, 2005, The Rotary Club of Marion, IL bestowed the club's first Rotarian of the Year award on Wayne E. Tate, who bicycled the entire Lewis & Clark route from Illinois to the Pacific Ocean to raise funds for the Club's Centennial Project of 2005. He started his trip on May 26, 2004 and completed the entire 3,254 miles on July 18, 2004. 
     Wayne endured physical discomforts even the most avid camper would have avoided. Wayne served as the President of the Rotary Club of Marion, IL  in 1990-1991. 

Read Tate's biographical sketch

     The second  Rotarian of the Year award was announced on November 15, 2007. The recipient  was Thomas L. Wimberly, the club's secretary in 2007. 
     Wimberly's accomplished the almost impossible task of converting  the club's records to digital and automating most of the duties of the secretary. He also published the Club's newsletter for four years and was instrumental in developing the club's handbook and membership directory. Wimberly also developed the club's website on the internet. 

Read Wimberly's biographical sketch