2016-2017 F. S. Mathewson Rotarian of the Year
Janis Grover, Rotary Club of Lambertville NJ-New Hope PA
Rotarian of the Year Award Committee
David Breidinger, Chair
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Janis Grover of the Rotary Club of Lambertville NJ-New Hope PA received the F. S. Mathewson Rotarian of the Year Award for 2016-2017 at the District Conference in Shawnee on the Delaware on Saturday, May 6, 2017. The award presentation listing Janis's many contributions of service to others is posted below. Congratulations to a most deserving recipient of the District's most prestigious award.
The F. S. Mathewson Rotarian of the Year Award
F. S. "Matty" Mathewson was the District Governor for what was then District 183, a position he held for the 1947-1948 Rotary year. He was a member of the then-Rotary Club of Plainfield, which he joined in 1928 and where he served in many capacities, including President in 1941-1942.
Matty served Rotary and his club for sixty-five years in both active and advisory roles. He was well known for his adherence to the principles of Rotary and to the rules and regulations that helped make the organization run smoothly. He could always be relied upon to offer sage advice on matters of service, governance, and parliamentary procedures, all of which he offered willingly and with humility.
Matty died on October 9, 1993. At a celebration of his life, PDG Anker Goldmann (1979-1980) remarked "Matty’s life was built around Rotary activities and 'Service Above Self'. He was always positive in his thinking and never had a negative comment about anyone. We, as members of the Rotary Club of Plainfield, were indeed fortunate to have been associated with the long and positive life of Matty, both as a person and as a true Rotarian."
In 1982, Rotary District 7510 established the Rotarian of the Year Award to recognize and honor those Rotarians in the district who have, over a period of time, best exemplified Rotary's motto of "Service Above Self." The first recipient was PDG F.S. Mathewson, a fitting honor for a man who gave so much to his club, his district, and Rotary International. To further recognize Matty's positive and long-lasting impact on the District, the award was thereafter given in his name.
Earning this award is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a Rotarian by our District. Without exception, every Rotary Club in our District has the opportunity to nominate a member who is worthy of this honor. A committee appointed by the District Governor will meet and select the Rotarian to receive this distinguished award which is presented annually at the District Conference in the spring.
- The committee will make their decision based upon, but not limited to the following:
Rotary Club Offices/Positions/Activities
Service to the Community
Honors and/or Awards received
Other important data that is submitted
Each nominee must have held Rotary membership for at least ten (10) years, have the approval of their Rotary Club's Board of Directors and the nomination form must be signed by the Club President.
Past District Governors, current and nominated District Governors and Honorary members are not eligible for this award.
Nominations must be sent to the committee Chairman, David Breidinger, no later than January.
2016-2017 Presentation of the F. S. Mathewson Rotarian of the Year Award to Janis Grover, Rotary Club of Lambertville NJ - New Hope PA
This Rotarian has been a served in just about every office in his/her Rotary Club:
- President 2 terms
- Treasurer – 1.5 terms
- Sergeant-at-Arms – 2 terms
- Chairperson for all four avenues of Service
- Chairperson for numerous fund raisers and committees including Polio Plus, greeting cards for the military overseas, the clubs Adopt-A-Highway program
- Membership Chair
- Club Secretary for 5 terms and currently serves as Club Secretary
This Rotarian has been a
- Grout Study Exchange Team Leader for a visiting team from Brazil in 2012. The Brazilians remain close friends to this day.
- Homes of Hope Ecuador - Board of Directors - includes several annual one-week tours with District members to Ecuador where he/she was involved in home building, first aid and the good and welfare of the Ecuador people she served.
- Helped organize and participate in the District trip to Nepal with Past District Governor Tulsi Maharjan.
- Participated as a vendor for many years for the District fundraiser, Eat, Drink, and Share.
In addition to her involvement with the District projects, Homes of Hope, the trip to Nepal, Polio Plus and others, this Rotarian is president of her own company, an international consulting company providing marketing for new product development and sales support. Often her business takes her to the poorest countries in the world including, Tunisia, El Salvador, and countries in the dangerous areas of the Middle East.
The following international programs have benefited from her involvement:
- Working with and on behalf of the United States Department of State, the U.S. Aid Program (USAID) helps develop markets and increase vital food security in underdeveloped countries.
- She was keynote speaker at the "Entering The US Specialty Market," in Quebec, Canada
- She was keynote speaker in Fusades, El Salvador regarding food technology
- Assisted various nations including Dominican Republic, Tunisia, Lebanon, Israel, Chile, and others to develop food products and markets on an international scale and within the United States.
Though she makes her living as a consultant in countries around the world, she is most rewarded when she helps those in the poorest environments. She guides and mentors them on how to establish a small business that makes a product to sell. Because of her efforts, they can find their way out of the poverty class.
She calculates that each small business created in an emerging market usually leads to at least six or more employees which then benefits their family or community.
In addition to being a world traveler and businessperson, she lives in Amwell Valley, and is devoted her husband, Gary. She loves to travel and share a love of outdoor activities, including fishing and hunting with Gary. She is also a trained and certified Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and volunteers for the Amwell Valley Rescue Squad.
- She is the Vice-President of the Amwell Valley Business Association
- Participates in programs for the local 4H Club and Boy Scouts regarding preparation for merit badges and care packages for the military
- Member of the Small Business Administration (SBA) to help startup companies in New Jersey
- Member of Rutgers University Food Innovation Center, an organization to encourage young entrepreneurs in the food business
- Guest lecturer at various local and nearby universities and colleges
- Member of the Executive Council of Business Council For Peace, (BPEACE), a federal program of volunteers that mentor small businesses nationally and internationally
There are many more programs that she is involved in, but among all of them that touch young persons, needy persons, senior citizens and others, Janis is most proud of her community work accomplished as a Rotarian. She loves being a Rotarian.
Please join me in recognizing our newest F.S. “Matty” Mathewson Rotarian of the Year from the Rotary Club of Lambertville – New Hope….Janis Grover.
David Breidinger, Chairman
F.S. "Matty" Mathewson Rotarian of the Year Award
1717 Langhorne Newtown Road, Suite 302
Langhorne, PA 19047
If you should have any further questions, please contact David Breidinger at 484.398.0141.