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Dr. Karen Berdan is always busy in her optometry office on South Prospect Street — when she's not helping to screen kindergartners-to-be in an area school.
Berdan, who has owned and operated Granville Vision Center since 1989 after entering practice there in 1983, was presented the Granville Rotary Club's Vocational Service Award. It is presented to either a Rotarian or non-Rotarian who exemplify Rotary’s "second avenue of service" that encourages and fosters high ethical standards in business and professions.
She’s been involved with nearly 20 Granville and Licking County organizations, raised three kids, ran a business and taught part-time at two universities. It would appear Mary Lee Van Meter was going to be awarded the Granville Rotary Club’s Service Above Self Award sooner or later.
She was, in fact, accorded the honor April 13 in a surprise presentation in front of the club and her family. “You have to understand, all those things were over 45 years!” Van Meter clarified upon receiving the award, one of the community’s top recognitions.
“It’s not something you seek,” she said of the seven school-related, nine community and three county-level groups she’s been associated with. “It just happens. And the rewards are great.”
The dedication of the wells was the culmination of a two year journey during which the clubs obtained Rotary District 6690 and Rotary International grants to make this achievement possible.
To insure the sustainability of the project, the Rotary Club of Ouanaminthe identified a local committee for each well which will be responsible for its safety and maintenance. With this local oversight, these eight wells will provide clean, safe water for years to come. Additionally, because the project came in under budget, it was anticipated that the remaining funds would be used to repair two additional wells.
During the visit, the three clubs discussed future opportunities for collaboration around issues of clean water, environmental education and sustainable food practices, and are looking forward to future projects.
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