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July 9, 2013

Rotary awards to Clement, Davis

ASHLAND — Ashland Rotarians bestowed high accolades on two community leaders Monday during the service club’s annual assembly.

The club conferred vocational service awards on Boyd Circuit Judge George Davis and retired Marathon Petroleum community relations representative Dianne Clement.

The awards are presented for community service above and beyond normal expectations, according to outgoing club President Vincenzo Fressola. Clement and Davis were clear leaders for the awards, he said. There is no slate of candidates and club members cast their votes for the community member of their choice.

Both Clement and Davis received majorities of votes, Fressola said.

Davis, circuit judge since 2009 and district judge for 11 years before that, is well known for his advocacy of civil rights, domestic violence prevention and child welfare.

It was during his tenure as district judge that the Boyd County chapter of Court Appointed Special Advocates was established to support the needs of abused and neglected children in the court system.

Clement, a member of Rotary and recently retired after more than three decades at Marathon and Ashland Inc., is a familiar face in scores of community organizations, having served on the boards of Safe Harbor, Summer Motion, the Paramount Arts Center, Big Brothers/Big Sisters and others.

The club also conferred Paul Harris Fellowships on Safe Harbor Director Ann Perkins and Ashland Mayor Chuck Charles. The fellowships signify extraordinary dedication to the principles and spirit of the club, as well as significant financial contributions, Fressola said.

Also at the meeting the club installed its officers for the upcoming year. They include Ed Neely, president, Ryan Reames, vice president, Jane Bugg, secretary, Bernard O’Nan, treasurer, and Barbara Walters, sergeant at arms.

MIKEā€ˆJAMES can be reached at mjames@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2652.

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