Red Rose Celebration

Each year, the Rotary Club of Battle Creek honors individuals in our community who best exemplify Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self”. These individuals are our community’s unsung heroes, working quietly in their own unique ways, to improve life for the citizens of Battle Creek.

Youth is another area of focus for the Rotary Club of Battle Creek. To honor and recognize those young people who are serving the community while in high school, the Rose Bud Award was established. Nominations are sought from the area’s high schools.  School counselors and administrators nominate students that they feel are truly living Rotary’s motto.  Each year, we honor 4 runners-up with a $100 scholarship. The Rose Bud Award winner receives a $500 scholarship from Rotary.

2017 Red Rose PresentationCongratulations to the 2017 Red Rose Awardee, Pastor Dale Boyer!
Dale Boyer was nominated by Rotarians, Karla Fales and Tom Townsend. Both expressed that Dale’s commitment to our community and folks living here is without limits. He is the director of CityLinC Ministries. In toasting her father, Valoree Boyer, referenced the 4 Way Test to demonstrate her father’s investment in the people of Battle Creek. Also toasting him was Chaplain Mike Howard who expressed, “Dale is a great leader. He has a sign over his desk that says, “It all about relationships.”” Congratulations Dale!


2017 Rose Buds Congratulations to the 2017 Rose Bud Recipient,  Kyle Tharp, far right (Pennfield High School)!
 Congratulations also to the Rose Bud Awardees: Hermo  Quispe (Lakeview High School), Lauren Carr (Harper Creek  High School) Samantha Reasons (Lakeview High School) and  Marla Adam (St. Philip Catholic Central High School). Thanks to Stephanie Reid (not pictured) from Pennfield High School for presenting the awards.

Since the mid 1900’s, the Rotary Club have honored the following individuals:

Art Angood, 2005
Guido* and Elizabeth* Binda, 1996
Pat Brasseur
Ed Brigham, Jr.*, 1953
Dale Boyer, 2017
Talia Champlin, 2011
Velma Laws Clay*, 1997
Barbara Comai
Roberta Cribbs, 2000
James Dack*
Bob and Eleanor DeVries, 2004
George B. Dolliver*, 1956
Dessalee Ryan Dudley*, 1945
Scott Durham, 2016
John Gallagher, 2015
Sam Gorsline, Sr.*, 1956
Jesus Grillo, 2009
James R.C. Hazel, Jr.*, 1998
Tim Kool, 2012
William LaMothe, 1991
Linda Linke, 2013
Michael* and Dorothy Martich, 1999 and 2011
Russell Mawby, 1993
Jack Mawdsley
Kenneth McAfee
Jim McHale, 2003
Mrs. Harold McLee
Jim* and Mary McQuiston*, 1995
Albert L. Miller*, 1945 and 1956
Robert Miller, Sr.*, 1964 and 1974
Robert* and Pattricia Miller, Jr., 1994
Sumako Nebel, 2006
Edwards C. Nettels*, 1956
Floyd Parsons*
Vince Pavone, 2014
Gary Phelps, 1969
Richard C. Rasmussen*
Laurence Rogers*, 1985
Rev. William A. Simms*, 1961
Paul Tammi*, 1967
Robert R. Thomson*, 1956
Samuel VanBoven, 2001
Arnold VanZanten*, 1978
Brian Wensauer, 2008