Whitehall News

Turner, Johnson receive Rotary honors

The Whitehall-Bexley Rotary Club recently held its President's Dinner, at which President George Igel presented the group's Rotarian of the Year Award and Service Above Self Award.

The honors are given annually to outstanding Rotarians who have made special contributions to the club and their communities.

Linda Turner, a retired hospital administrator and healthcare consultant, was recognized as Rotarian of the Year. Turner is a club board director, public image chair and photographer for the club's weekly newsletter.

She was recognized for her vision of expanding club communications to include social media to increase public understanding of the club's mission, community activities and projects. She recruited and led a team of Rotarians who are media professionals to establish and support multiple social media communications.

Turner was instrumental in obtaining a Rotary District grant to conduct one of the first Rotary Club social media advertising campaigns in the district.

She has been a Rotarian for 23 years.

Michael Johnson, superintendent of Bexley Public Schools, was given the Service Above Self Award in recognition of his many contributions to being a living example of that Rotary motto.

Johnson spearheaded the recognition of local high school students who best represent the Rotary motto by giving of themselves and their time to the local community. He was key in the establishment of a Rotaract Club for students at Capital University. He also was instrumental to the success of the 2013 Rotary District Assembly which was held at Bexley High School.

He serves as a club board director and has been a Rotarian for 30 years.