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Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset recognizes Vocational Service Award recipients

By Staff | Jul 9, 2021

Jenny Pell and George Gordon display their Vocational Service Awards that were presented to them by the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset.

LAHAINA — At a recent “Celebrations Meeting,” the Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset presented the fifth annual Vocational Service Awards to an individual and a local non-profit organization.

These award recipients were selected for demonstrating integrity through high ethical behavior that is the foundation of Rotary.

According to the club, the recipients provide a road map for ethical behavior in the workplace and other areas of life.

This award is presented annually to individuals and a business or nonprofit that provides outstanding service to the community and/or the club. The recipients truly demonstrate the Rotary philosophy of “Service Above Self.”

George Gordon was the recipient of the 2021 Individual Vocational Service Award.

He is the owner of Mauisoft Computer Repair and has lived on the islands for 50 years.

The Lahaina News’ Computer Guru columnist, Gordon was the club’s first speaker when it pivoted to Zoom meetings last spring.

When club members discovered that families at Princess Nahienaena Elementary School did not have computers at home for distance learning, Gordon offered his services to refurbish donated computers at little cost.

He spent countless hours working on over 70 donated computers that were then given to the families to keep.

Jenny Pell represented ‘Ohana Gardens, the recipient of the nonprofit Vocational Service Award.

Pell has been managing the rollout of the ‘Ohana Gardens initiative alongside the board of directors of Food Security Hawaii since February 2020. As ambitious as it sounds, food security for everyone on Maui is not at all unattainable!

Pell believes it starts right in our backyards and lanais, and every morsel “grown here, not flown here” counts.

‘Ohana Gardens exceeded the Rotary Club’s inspirational/aspirational goal of getting over 1,000 food-bearing trees planted in a year across the county with the dedication and help of many volunteers, but especially from Rotary Clubs of Maui.

The Rotary Club of Lahaina Sunset is one of the nine Rotary Clubs located on Maui. Rotary is a leadership organization made up of local business, professional and civic leaders.

Club members meet regularly, get to know each other, form friendships and get things done in the community.

The club offers in-person/hybrid meetings on the first, third and fifth Tuesday of the month.

For more information, contact Public Image Chair Joanne Laird at mamalrd01@gmail.com.