By Amy Shanahan; photo courtesy of Lisa Bartmann
Gary Bartmann, who was recognized as the “Rotarian of the Year” by the Rotary Club of Castle Pines commented, “Giving back to the community brings me the greatest joy in being a part of this organization.”
Castle Pines Village resident Gary Bartmann was recently recognized for his tremendous service to our local community. Bartmann was honored to receive the award for “Rotarian of the Year” from the Rotary Club of Castle Pines (RCCP) where he has been a member for the past two-and-a-half years.
The RCCP was formed three years ago and has become a very active club that focuses on service projects within the Castle Pines community and internationally. Each year, the club honors a member who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to the well being of the community and to Rotary’s primary focus of “service before self.”
Bartmann has been actively involved in the many local service projects that his club has sponsored, including the Ducky Derby, the chili cook-off, the 9Health Fair, and in honoring first responders on the anniversary of 9/11. However, his work with youth in the community has set him apart and highlighted his unique leadership and organizational skills.
Rotary places a great deal of emphasis on grooming youth for future leadership roles and Bartmann was instrumental in forming the Rotary Interact club at Rocky Heights Middle School. Each week Bartmann meets with students in the club and guides them as they complete two service projects; one that services the local community, and another that services an international need. The Interact club provides a great opportunity for students to learn about leadership and taking initiative, while providing acts of service.
RCCP President Karen Becker and members of the board of directors were thrilled to honor Bartmann for his work over the past year. “Gary’s ability to inspire the kids at Rocky Heights, engage them in community work, and his patience and persistence in supporting their activities weighed the most in our decision,” remarked Becker. “We were also very impressed with his positive energy, organizational skills, and ability to identify exactly what needed to be done.”