It takes a special person to embrace Rotary’s motto of “Service above self” in everyday life. The Troy Rotary club honored one of its own for how he has brought this motto to life and demonstrated what it means to be a Rotarian. Derek Koester of Nolan, Giere & Company, 206 West Main Street in Troy, was named the recipient of the Charlie Doyle service award for the 2016-17 Rotary year during the club’s meeting on June 27th.
Charles “Charlie” Doyle (1949-2007) was a dedicated Rotarian, serving as the club’s secretary for more than 25 years. His commitment to Rotary, and to the Troy community, represents a standard of service by which others are compared.
Koester joined Troy Rotary in 2014. Since that time, he has volunteered at St. Patrick’s Soup Kitchen every month, spent hours assisting with the club’s booth at the Troy Strawberry Festival, helped with the annual Breakfast with Santa and chaired the Troy Rotary Foundation board. Rotary has become a family affair at the Koester home. His wife, Bethany, will often volunteer to help with different service projects, too. Originally from Fort Recovery, Ohio, Koester made the move to Troy when he joined Nolan, Giere & Company as a Staff Accountant. He holds both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Accountancy from Wright State University. He received his CPA certification in February 2016.
Troy Rotarians and the Troy Rotary Foundation support several community projects annually. During the 2016-17 Rotary year, over $16,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including support for Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library program, Rotary’s annual Shoe Project, academic and community service scholarships, and sponsorships to summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and WACO Air Museum. In addition to the financial support, Rotarians volunteered nearly 400 hours to several service projects. The Troy Rotary Club is a member-involved, goal-oriented service club focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership in the club, please visit www.troyohiorotary.org
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