PLATTSBURGH - The Rotary Club of Plattsburgh has named Robert W. Parks Rotarian of the Year for 2008-09.
The Plattsburgh resident, who serves as president and publisher of the Press-Republican, was presented with the award during the club's June 24 meeting.
Steven G. Frederick, immediate past president of the club, said Parks was chosen for his remarkable commitment to the club during the past year, especially for his work as co-chairperson of the club's membership committee. Parks himself has sponsored four new Rotarians for membership during the past year.
"I am honored to be recognized by the Plattsburgh Rotary Club as the Rotarian of the Year," Parks stated when asked about his recognition. "The Plattsburgh Rotary Club does such great work for the community with its scholarships, gifts and community service programs such as the CV-Tec House project, Adopt-A-Highway, Food Shelf and the Centennial Park project. "
Under Frederick's leadership, the club has seen a growth in membership, said Parks, as well as success in several fundraising projects such as the Rotary Fishing Tournament, Rotary Radio Day and the Roducky Derby.
"I am proud to be a member of this club and to work with my fellow Rotarians to serve our community," said Parks.
Parks joined the Plattsburgh Rotary Club in November 2000 after transferring from a Rotary Club based in Danbury, Conn. He received the Service Above Self Award in 1999 and the Distinguished Rotarian Club Award in 2000 from the Danbury Rotary Club. Parks is also a three-time winner of the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Award, which also recognizes outstanding service to the greater community.
In addition to his Rotary commitments, Parks serves on the board of directors for the Plattsburgh-North Country Chamber of Commerce, The Development Corporation, and The Foundation of CVPH Medical Center. He is on the advisory board of the Adirondack Community Trust and is chairman of the Museum Day Committee. He has been active with the Battle of Plattsburgh Association and the Adirondack District, Boy Scouts of America, where he serves on the Nominating/Leadership Committee.