Monroe Rotary “Others Above Self” Winners – Ava and Addisyn Taylor

Ava & Addy Community Awards 004Ava & Addy Community Awards 013Ava & Addy Community Awards 022Last evening my wife and I attended a banquet sponsored by the Monroe Rotary Club.  The purpose was to acknowledge those in the community that put others above themselves.  There were nominations in the youth division, adults, non profit organizations, and business organizations.  There were around 60 nominations in all categories.

My little grand-daughters (Ava and Addisyn Taylor)  were nominated by Erika Brodie after she learned about their fundraising efforts to drill a well in Africa, and their work on behalf of the Mother Angel Orphans and Widows Home in India.  There were five young people nominated for the “Service Above Self” award, with all being teenagers except for Ava and Addy.  One of the fine young men nominated was a local physicians son who I thought was probably a shoe in to win!  After all the honoree’s were called on stage the judges envelope was opened by the evenings master of ceremonies.  When Ava and Addisyns name was called out I had a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes.  Bill Saul (the Rotary photographer) said that the girls were the youngest to ever win this community award.  There were even a few people who congratulated them afterwards, and even gave a donation toward their next ministry.

The above middle picture is Erika Brodie, her daughter Olyvia, Hostess Josephine Perna Stahl (Key Bank) and Addisyn and Ava.  There is also a picture of the girls and their beautiful proud mother Courtney.

Everyone was gracious and the evening was well attended.  Lorna even had a cousin (Douglas Trouten) who was nominated for the adult award.  I saw some old friends, and enjoyed the evening even though my allergies were trying to “beat me up!”  I couldn’t conclude this post without saying the girls do what they do because of the love they have in their hearts for Jesus.  They know that when they love others they are really loving Him.  There is no certificate or trophy greater than hearing Him say “Well done thou good and faithful servant.”  Grandma and I love you girls.  Continue to put others first and you will have a life well lived.

One Response to “Monroe Rotary “Others Above Self” Winners – Ava and Addisyn Taylor”

  1. Cheryl says:

    Congratulation to Ava and Addisyn! What a beautiful story about what these little girls have done to make the world a better place. More of us need to get involved in such selfless acts of service. Blessings to you all.