Dundee Township Rotary names ‘Service Above Self’ award winner
From Submitted Reports June 12, 2013 5:10PM
Community leader Barbara Ferguson of Sleepy Hollow recently was presented with the “Service Above Self” award from the Dundee Township Rotary Club for her significant contributions to the Dundee Township community. From lerft are Jim Bolz, Dundee Township Rotary Club president; Ferguson; and club members Al Treml and Andy Alpeter. Submitted photo
Updated: July 15, 2013 7:09PM
The Dundee Township Rotary Club has recognized Barbara Ferguson of Sleepy Hollow with the club’s special “Service Above Self” Award.
“Our club is pleased to honor Barbara for her years of dedicated service within our community,” said Jim Bolz, president of the Dundee Township Rotary Club. “Barbara embodies the object of Rotary, which is to encourage and foster the ideal of service.”
Andy Alpeter, Service Above Self Award chairman and past president of the club, added, “Barbara is a great lady who has and continues to dedicate herself to working within the Dundee communities to make our area a better place to live and work.”
“The thousands of dollars that have been given back into the local communities from several local organizations are a direct result of Barbara’s hard work and dedication. We at the Dundee Township Rotary Club are proud to honor Barbara with our 2013 Service above Self Award.”
Ferguson has left her imprint on the Dundee Township community for more than 30 years. She is a board member of Summit School Inc., the Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township, and the Northwest Suburban United Way. She previously served as a board director of the Dundee Township United Way, Community Crisis Center in Elgin and League of Women Voters. She continues as an active member of St. Catherine of Siena Church in West Dundee.
Ferguson was awarded the 2012 Outstanding Boys & Girls Club America Board Volunteer of the Year Award for the state of Illinois. She has been a volunteer board member of the Boys & Girls Club of Dundee Township for 16 years, serving on a variety of leadership roles and committees. She and her husband Roger are well-known for their annual dinner “500 homemade Cookies” live auction donation, which has raised nearly $50,000 over the past three years.
Ferguson’s board service with the Northwest Suburban United Way also helped the Boys & Girls Club. Her advocacy for the organization, specifically its geographic region, assisted the club in acquiring a $200,000 education grant through the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago.
Ferguson is a graduate of University of San Francisco with a bachelor’s degree in education and world literature. She and Roger have two children and seven grandchildren.
The Rotary Club of Dundee Township received nominations for the Service Above Self awards from members of the club and the community. Requirements included that nominees be a resident of Dundee Township and that, individually or through their businesses, do something of value or merit, or make a contribution of significance to the community where they live or work.
The main objective of Rotary International is service in the community and throughout the world. As volunteers, Rotarians build goodwill and peace, provide humanitarian service, and encourage high ethical standards in all vocations. There are 1.2 million Rotarians in more than 31,000 clubs in more than 163 countries.
There are currently 34 members of the Dundee Township Rotary Club who represent a cross-section of business and professional backgrounds. For more information about the club, contact Al Treml at 847-659-9266.