Leaders in Service   Leaders in Service: Service Above Self

An awards program and fundraiser

Sponsorships and tickets to our second annual award banquet in May 2023 will benefit our club's local non-profit arm, the RCDW Foundation. At the banquet, we will honor three local leaders who have changed our community for the better.

About the awards

The Leaders in Service Awards will recognize top executives of enterprises in three categories -- business, non-profit and government -- who have helped their organizations contribute to improving our community and the world. We are asking for nominations from the public.

Criteria for these awards are that nominees 1) have held the top executive position in their organization, or its local branch, for three years or more; 2) have made outstanding contributions to the community in one or more of the Rotary Areas of Focus; 3) have led a life and business governed by the Rotary Four-Way Test; and 4) have demonstrated a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Elected officials are not eligible.

For details, please go to the Leaders in Service website.

Our 2022 honorees

Dr. Yousry Sayed, CEO of Quality Chemical Laboratories, honored in the private-sector category J.C. Lyle, CEO of Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministries, honored in the non-profit category.Chris Coudriet, New Hanover County manager, honored in the government category

From left: honorees Dr. Yousry Sayed, J.C. Lyle, and Chris Coudriet.

The first year's honorees, who were recognized on May 5, 2022, were Dr. Yousry Sayed, CEO of Quality Chemical Laboratories, in the private-sector category; J.C. Lyle, CEO of Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry, in the non-profit category; and Chris Coudriet, New Hanover County manager, in the government category.

About the fundraiser

Sponsors make tax-deductible contributions to the Wilmington Rotary Club's RCDW Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable institution. That foundation makes grants to support charitable projects in the Wilmington area, as well as contributing to global projects through our International Projects Committee. In return for their support for our foundation, sponsors get recognition, both at the awards banquet and in public media advertising, and tickets to the banquet.

See more about the May 2023 awards banquet.

Sponsorship levels are:

  • Platinum: $10,000 (two tables + full-page ad and other event marketing)
  • Gold: $5,000 (one table + half-page ad and event marketing)
  • Silver: $2,500 (one table + quarter-page ad and event marketing)
  • Friends of Rotary: $1,000 (four seats)
  • Individual tickets: $125

See our sponsors.

For details about how to become a Leaders in Service sponsor, go to our sponsorship page.

Where the money goes

Funds raised through the 2023 Leaders in Service awards will be allocated during the 2023-24 Rotary year, which begins July 1. To give an idea of how we use our financial resources, what follows is a partial list of projects and grant recipients the RCDW Foundation has supported during the past two years (2019-21).

  • Williston Middle School: Our club's "Legacy Project," supporting such needs as science, math and reading competitions; fitness programs for students; a clothing closet to help low-income students meet school uniform and "dress for success" goals; and other needed supplies and equipment. $12,485
  • Literacy: Support for book-buying projects at six New Hanover County elementary schools with low-income student bodies, $11,000
  • RISE Against Hunger: Food relief for earthquake and hurricane victims in Haiti, $6,345
  • Nourish NC: Food support for families of low-income children, $6,000
  • Rookie Teachers of the Year: Cash awards each year to five beginning teachers; winners selected by a panel of New Hanover County Schools administrators and Rotarians. $6,000
  • Access Wilmington: Miracle Field for disabled athletes, $5,000
  • Race to Remember 5k: Running event at Greenfield Park to support Alzheimer's disease research. $3,261
  • Mission of Hope: Medical and agricultural development projects in Rotifunk, Sierra Leone, in West Africa. $2,000
  • Moldova project: Health education and libraries in Moldova, a former Soviet republic in Eastern Europe. $2,000
  • UNC-Wilmington: $2,000
  • Friends of New Hanover County Public Library: Literacy projects in public schools. $1,680
  • Kiva: microloans to farmers and entrepreneurs in developing countries, $1,500
  • Salvation Army: Holiday help for families during covid pandemic, $1,500
  • Salud Hondu: health clinics in rural Honduras, Central America, $1,300
  • Paws 4 People: Training assistance dogs for people with special needs, $1,250
  • Boys & Girls Homes of North Carolina: Support for the Rotary Cottage at this residential facility for children and teens. $1,000
  • Hope Children's Home: Repairs to the water supply system at an orphanage in Georgetown, Guyana, in South America. $500
  • St. Mary Dental Clinic: dental screenings for children at Wilmington's Community Boys & Girls Club. $400
  • Lake Forest Academy: New Hanover County's alternative high school: $394

For more on causes Wilmington Rotary Club supports, see Our Projects page.

Media coverage of Leaders in Service

Rotary Club President-elect Dale Smith talks about Leaders in Service and the club in an interview on Wilmington radio stations WAAV-980 AM and WNCT-107.9 FM on Jan. 31, 2021. Listen to that interview, which begins shortly after the 1-hour, 18-minute mark.

Our 2022 sponsors

2022 Leaders in Service sponsors

2022 Friends of Rotary

  • Big Sky Design
  • Boney D├ęcor
  • Henry Brown
  • Capital Nissan
  • Classic Landscapes
  • Coastal Beverage
  • Community Foundation
  • The Cotton Exchange
  • Gates Psychological Services
  • Highland Roofing
  • McKinley Building
  • Outdoor Illumination
  • Parkway Volvo/Subaru/Hyundai
  • Christopher Smith
  • Sunrise Gardens
  • Swain and Associates
  • Tru Colors
  • WHQR
  • Bert Williams III
  • Wilmington Machinery
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