Hack Neal Memorial Award – Rotarian of the Year

In 1976, when the country was preparing to celebrate its 200th anniversary, the Rotary Club of Summerville was looking for a way to participate.  Our President at that time (1976-1977) was a retired Air Force Brigadier General, Haskell (Hack) Neal.  Hack and Dr. Erbert (Bert) Cicenia conceived the plans for our primary club project, “An Old Fashion Fourth of July Celebration”, for all our friends and neighbors in Summerville.  Hack served as the first general chairman bringing in military color guards, bands, and one year parachutists who jumped onto Doty Field.  One of the team missed the mark and landed in a backyard where the homeowner was barbecuing.  The man made the worst remark without thinking, “might have known it was a woman”.  The celebration stayed at Doty Field for five years before moving to Gregg Campus because of lack of space for the large crowds now attending.  A fire in the pine straw on top of an armory garage building, caused by the fireworks, may have contributed to the move.

Hack Neal had been a Rotarian for ten years when he died in July 1981.  Feeling a tremendous loss, the Club wanted to do something in his honor.  The Hack Neal Memorial Award for Outstanding Club Service was presented the first time in 1982 to Captain Thomas A. Bryce, U.S. Navy.

The following individuals have been awarded the Hack Neal Memorial Award for Outstanding Club Service “Rotarian of the Year”:

2015-2016 – June Sullivan and Tony Pope

2014- 2015 – Bob Quinn

2013 – 2014

2012 – 2013 – Roland Fulcher

2011 – 2012 – Ellen Priest

2010 – 2011 – Linda Art

2009- 2010 – Angela Vest

2008 – 2009 – Gene Hundley

2007 – 2008 – Tony Pope

2006 – 2007 – Jaime Moore

2005 – 2006 – Jane Vail

2004 – 2005 – Jim Beery

2003 – 2004 – Leanne Junkins

2002 – 2003 – June Sullivan

2001 – 2002 – Blan Rosebrock

2000 – 2001 – Bert Cicenia

1999 – 2000 – Jackie Jenkins

1998 – 1999 – Ed Tassin

1997 – 1998

1996 – 1997

1995 – 1996

1994 – 1995

1993 – 1994

1992 – 1993

1991 – 1992

1990 – 1991

1989 – 1990

1988 – 1989

1987 – 1988 – C. G. (Bud) Boehm

1986 – 1987 – Brunson M. Westbury

1985 – 1986 – W. Lang Goster

1984 – 1985 – H. Carl Josephson

1983 – 1984 – John E. Hanlin

1982 – 1983 – George H. Ritter

1981 – 1982 – Erbert (Bert) F. Cicenia

1980 – 1981 – Captain Thomas A. Bryce