Rotary presents ‘Excellence in the Workplace’ awards

MERRIMACK – Ten local individuals were recognized by the Rotary Club of Merrimack recently for demonstrating "Excellence in the Workplace."

The event was held at a weekly Merrimack Rotary breakfast meeting at the John O’Leary Adult Community Center. Troy Aarthun, president-elect of the club, was the master of ceremonies.

Each awardee was presented with a certificate after a description was read of the individual’s work and why he or she was being recognized. The recipients were:

Allyssa Bedard, Soma Holistic Therapy Center; Brianna Desfosses, YMCA of Greater Nashua; Cathy Hock, Merrimack Flower Shop & Greenhouse; Denis Kitzinger, Thomas More College; Jesse Fraser, Critter Control; Karen Stearns, paraeducator, Merrimack public schools; Nathan Fogg, Nathan Fogg’s Auto; Patricia Girouard, Merrimack Police Department crossing guard; Yvette Couser, Merrimack Public Library; and Josh Schupack, YMCA of Greater Nashua.

"There’s a special place of honor in Rotary for those who are valued in the workplace," said Maureen Mooney, 2015-16 Rotary president. "The annual Excellence in the Workplace program is a great event to recognize those who make a difference in their places of employment."

Merrimack Rotary projects have included the Roger Duhamel Pavilion at Watson Park, scholarships, reconstruction of Kids Kove Playground, support for Merrimack flood relief, the Merrimack July Fourth festivities, the Rotary 4-Way Speech Contest, Interact Club and lighting at Reeds Ferry fields.

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