The Rotary Club of Knoxville held its annual dinner on June 19 at the Sprint Car Hall of Fame. Several Rotary members were recognized for their dedication and service to the organization.

Rotary International recognizes those who have supported the Paul Harris Society through generous donations to support the world, district and the club’s community. Four individuals were honored and given a Paul Harris Pin. Those recognized were Mike Lane (2 sapphires), Gary Anderson (4 sapphires), Abie Davis (4 sapphires), and Jerry Jordan (1 ruby).

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name to The Rotary Foundation (TRF). Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships.

The recognition can also be given to non-Rotarians who have exemplified the principles and mottos of Rotary, which are “Service above self” and “One profits most who serves best.”

Giving is important because Rotary Club of Knoxville has received grants from The Rotary Foundation and 6000 District, to assist its financial contribution to multiple community projects

Rotarian Will Prather was one of 13 awarded the Paul E. Hellwege Guardian of Integrity at the Rotary District 6000 Conference.

To honor Judge Hellwege’s many contributions and to promote the ideals of ethics and integrity, the District 6000 clubs were invited to nominate a member who has been a Rotary member for a minimum of three years and whose life exemplifies the attributes and passion for ethics and integrity in his or her vocation, business, and personal life that Paul Hellwege exemplified.

This year Will Prather was nominated from Rotary Club of Knoxville. Prather was a teacher and principal of the Knoxville School District. It was written of Will, ‘He is one of the unofficial historians of his community and county, an environmentalist, conservationist, and consummate altruist.’

On June 30, 2016, Mayor Hatch declared Will Prather Day, “… for all he has done to better the community organizations where he has worked for the betterment of lives in Knoxville and Marion County.”

Prather cares greatly about the past and fervently about the future. He asks his children and others, “How are you going to make your community a better place?” a question we should all ask ourselves.

40-year member Steve Mott was given the Rotary’s highest honor, the George H. Andrew Service Above Self Award.

The award is given to a member of the club that consistently personifies Rotary’s Service Above Self motto. Current and past presidents select the individual who will be honored.

Mott is a long-time business owner as a dentist in family dentistry at the Knoxville Dental Center. He has served both Rotary members, club, community and the world in many ways, serving as the president in 1990-1991, chairing committees, sponsoring members and leading the Rotary grant for gifting the Knoxville Community Infusion Center.

Dr. Mott has served or continues to serve in the community. He has served on the Hospital Foundation Board, as a High School Baseball coach, Dollars for Scholars, on various organizations’ fundraising committee and multiple Church Boards.

Steve Mott exemplifies what Spirit Above Self means for many and the Rotary thanks him.