Rotary Club of Jasper Recognizes the 2020 Essential Worker in Lieu of ATHENA Award


JASPER -- The Jasper Rotary Club is honoring the incredible contributions of pandemic essential workers, in lieu of the 2020 ATHENA Award.

The award ceremony was one of the many local events that had to be cancelled due to the pandemic.

Instead, the Rotary Club has installed a plaque honoring the Essential Worker in the ATHENA display at the Dubois County Museum. 

The inscription reads as follows…

The COVID-19 Pandemic of 2020 impacted and changed lives on a global perspective like no one could have imagined. The viral outbreak caused death, illness and isolation, requiring people to shelter in-place to protect themselves and their loved ones from the virus.

Work and commerce were largely converted to a virtual environment, and a sense of uncertainty impacted consumer spending negatively. Consequently, many lost their jobs, or were temporarily laid off.

Through all these challenges, the Essential Worker emerged as a true hero to humanity. Many services could not be converted to a virtual environment, requiring those serving in these positions to show-up to work, in-person even in the face of danger. Because of potential exposure to the virus some of these essential workers had to quarantine away from their loved ones for weeks or months just so they could continue serving others. Some lost their lives.

For this reason and so many more, the Rotary Club of Jasper chooses to recognize the leadership, heroism and sacrifice of the 2020 Essential Worker!

Rotary started in Chicago, IL in 1905 and today includes clubs all over the globe with over 1.2 million members, including our very own Rotary Club of Jasper. Rotary is a civic club made up of people who are passionate about serving others, and making things happen for the greater good by creating partnerships and aligning resources through our various personal and professional networks. 

For information about how you can join the Rotary Club of Jasper contact Membership Chair, Michael Olinger at [email protected], or visit us on Facebook @RotaryClubofJasperIndiana.