The Rotary Club of Annapolis presented its Service Above Self award to Bruce Morgenstern of Annapolis at a meeting at the Annapolis Yacht Club recently.
Mr. Morgenstern has devoted himself to volunteer activities in the community since retiring after 36 years as an engineer, quality manager and business management director at ARINC, using his career skills, personal skills and personal networks. His famous phrase is “I can do that,” when he has been asked if he would assist with a task that needs to be accomplished.
“He deserves recognition because he doesn’t seek any,” says Eric Elson, Rotarian and Annapolis High School staff member who nominated him for the award. “He derives personal satisfaction from knowing he has helped others and has made a difference in the community.”
In addition to serving on the school’s Integrated Community Stakeholder team, he has contributed hundreds of hours to develop a signature program that enables students to be change agents in their community. He has used his information technology skills for Asbury United Methodist Church, the county Food and Resource Bank, Partners in Care, and multiple others. Also he volunteers as a Medicare counselor at the county Department of Aging and Disabilities, and helped Alderwoman Sheila Finlayson with the Annapolis Summer Youth Jobs Program.
The Service Above Self Award is Rotary International’s highest honor for non-Rotarians, recognizing those who have displayed exemplary humanitarian service, at any level and in any form, with a focus on active involvement in helping others on a continuing basis. The recipients also are named Paul Harris Fellows, created to honor the founder of Rotary International, with the funds donated to their organizations.