The Rotary Club of Carlsbad recently held its First Annual Peacemaker Award presentation. The award is designed to honor members of the community who have made a significant difference in promoting tolerance, understanding, conflict resolution and peace through their contributions and efforts.
Army and Navy Academy’s Director of International Student Services, Maya Ramirez, was recognized as one of the finalists for the award. She had been nominated by Board of Trustees member Colonel Russ Hanthorn, USMC (Ret.), for creating a number of programs and enrichment opportunities for our diverse Cadet population.
At the same meeting, Col. Hanthorn presented Dr. Lisa Basista, Dean of Academics, with a Paul Harris Fellow. The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of the Rotary Foundation.
The inscription on Dr. Basista’s plaque read:
Presented in appreciation for your dedication in instilling international good will
and better friendships in the hearts of our Cadets and for your tireless efforts
in earning your Doctorate in the field of Education.
She is a true example of the motto of Rotary International, “Service Above Self.”
The Rotary Club of Carlsbad is actively engaged with the Academy by sponsoring numerous leadership and academic opportunities for the Cadets, in addition to co-sponsoring the Annual Veterans Day Military Review with the Academy.
Special thanks to Col. Hanthorn for facilitating this partnership.