A Joplin civic group kicks off a first-ever award, highlighting its slogan of "Service Above Self."
This is the first time the noon rotary has handed out a Rotarian of the Year award. It went to a shocked and grateful Shirley Mutz.
"I was totally surprised,” says Shirley Mutz.
Retired banker Shirley Mutz is the inaugural winner of the honor. It recognizes her impact to the community - working on projects like the Community Clinic golf fundraiser and developing the Will Norton Miracle Field. Mutz says that project started with donations that came pouring in after the 2011 Joplin tornado.
"We thought 'What are we going to do with this, you know.' And one of our members had a vision and she'd heard about the Miracle League Field. And so we put a lot of thought into that. And we actually worked on that for 3 - 4 years probably,” says Mutz.
But the Rotarian of the Year award also highlights her dedication to the noon Rotary Club.
"She lives service about self - it's a part of her life. Everything that she does she thinks about other people and she just embodies what we try to do with Rotary. She's a great person to be the Rotarian of the Year,” says Ellen Nichols.
Mutz was one of six members nominated for the award, including Lane Clevenger, Sid Davis, Bob Headlee, Rick Keller and Chantille Wooten.
"Out of the six, all six of them deserved the award,” says Mutz.
Mutz wins a plaque and a $500 dollar donation to go to the charity of her choice. And local artist Jorge Leyva designed a one of a kind traveling trophy for the annual award. Tamko Building Products sponsored the launch of the award.