Thursday December 15, 2016
Nancy LaVarnway is the recipient of the 2016 Frederick H Tuttle Memorial Award presented by the Rotary Club of South Burlington. The award is in recognition of individuals like Frederick Tuttle who go beyond the expected, bringing extraordinary zeal and integrity to everything in which they are involved while enhancing the South Burlington community at large. LaVarnway is the Career Development Coordinator (CDC) at South Burlington High School (SBHS).
Jay Pasackow from the Rotary Club says, “What sets Nancy apart is that she challenges young people to do better, to raise the image of themselves as capable and deserving of succeeding in the ‘real world.’”
Pasackow continues, “For over 20 years, she has shepherded the CDC into a vibrant service organization and one of the most highly utilized services in the high school. Guiding a staff of volunteer students, she manages volunteer opportunities within and outside of the school community as well as shadowing and internship experiences. In addition, she supports tutoring in the high school as well as organizing a massive school wide Career and Job Expo that brings close to 100 business people into the school.”
“I am truly honored to have received this recognition from the prestigious South Burlington Rotary organization. I cannot think of any other organization that values service to others more than the Rotary. I am especially humbled, because this award is named in honor of Mr. Fredrick H. Tuttle and many worthy individuals have followed his commitment to this community. I am sincerely humbled to be welcomed into this fellowship,” says LaVarnway
Of her position in the school, LaVarnway adds, “I have had the great fortune to work at SBHS where community service is a core value of our educational system. I am blessed to work with the finest individuals and our student population is the best of all their contemporaries.”
The Rotary award includes a $250 donation in LaVarnway’s name to an organization of her choice. LaVarnway selected the Coalition for Community Service Club at SBHS. She says of the club, “This year, there are 125 student members who volunteer countless hours in our community. On behalf of my students, a sincere note of thanks for Rotary’s generous gift to our club.”