The Rotary Club of Plainfield-North Plainfield presented Mayor Adrian Mapp of Plainfield with its 2015 Service Above Self Award, at the club’s 16th Annual Wine Tasting Dinner. The event was held on April 15 at Giovanna’s Restaurant in Plainfield.
Club President Mary Forbes welcomed guests with a brief explanation of Rotary and of the services that over 1.2 million Rotarians worldwide provide to their communities, making Rotary a way of life. “All of these clubs and members are united in one over-arching purpose, to serve others,” said Mrs. Forbes. “This dinner raises between $4000 and $5000 for our scholarship program in Plainfield and North Plainfield. It also gives us the opportunity to recognize service above self on the part of Rotarians and members of the communities we serve.”
The Rotary Club recognized Mayor Mapp’s service to Plainfield in the introduction given by Ravenell Williams of the Plainfield Area Y. He highlighted a number of achievements and initiatives, including his weekly newsletter, advances in fiscal controls and stability, initiatives in public safety and economic development, and a more positive outlook for the City.
After receiving the award, Mayor Mapp spoke of the importance of service to others, repeating a quote often attributed to the late Shirley Chisholm - “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” He thanked his wife Amelia and gave tribute to his mother’s sacrifices that helped him achieve his successes and helped lead him to a life of service.
Mayor Mapp went on to discuss the notion of service that is the heart of Rotary and that is the essence of the “Service Above Self Award” that he received. “I challenge you that, as you go about your daily lives, to do all that you can to make a difference in the life of someone else. Every day, when you wake up, make sure you pledge to do something for another person, and that you tell no one about it,” said Mapp.
Dismissing the notion that we achieve our successes through only our own efforts, Mayor Mapp said “We ride those highways that we did not pave and drive in cars that we did not build, and we believe that we got to the destination by ourselves. That just didn’t happen by itself. There are people who paved the way…so that we could become who we are today.”
Over one hundred people purchased tickets for the annual event, and a number of others sent donations to the Club’s scholarship fund in honor of Mayor Mapp.
In addition to the Mayor’s award, the Club presented a Paul Harris Fellow Award to Tom Reedy, a member of the club for eighteen years. The Paul Harris Fellow is the highest award that a Rotary club or an individual can present to a person who exemplifies service. The local club presents the award to select members who are steadfast in their support of the club, and has only presented twenty-one awards since 1971.
The Wine Tasting Dinner raised over $4,900 for the Rotary club’s scholarship program. Rotary International’s Polio Plus, a multi-year effort to eradicate polio from the world, received a $288 check after the dinner, thanks to the contributions stuffed into the Club’s “Polio Piggies,” two piggy banks that were passed from table to table. One guest slipped a $100 check into the bank “in honor of Tom Reedy.”
For more information about the Rotary Club of Plainfield-North Plainfield, visit their website at www.RotaryPNP.org. The club meets every Wednesday at 12:15 PM at Giovanna’s Restaurant, 1462 South Avenue in Plainfield. Anyone interested in learning more about Rotary and the club is invited to attend a meeting as a guest of the Club.