Club Awards

Rotary Club Awards

Senior Service Award

The Senior Service Award recognition is given to individuals or couples who have contributed significant amounts of civic or social service to the local community or to society in general. Except in unusual circumstances, candidates for the award must be at least 65 years of age and through their efforts represent and foster the Rotary ideal of “Service above Self.” Since 1975, the club has presented nearly 400 awards to individuals. Click to download the nomination form and criteria:

Senior Service Award Form

If you would like to nominate someone for this award, please fill out this form and email it to our Rotary office at

Joseph G. Werner Meritorious Service Award

The Rotary Club of Madison’s Joseph G. Werner Meritorious Service Award, its highest recognition, is granted for outstanding club service in the Rotary tradition of Service Above Self as exemplified so well by the life of the late Joseph Werner.

The Manfred E. Swarsensky Humanitarian Service Award

The Manfred E. Swarsensky Humanitarian Service Award was established in 1982 and identifies and honors individuals who have, through their voluntary efforts, made a particularly outstanding contribution to humanitarian service in the greater Madison community, in the tradition so well exemplified by the life of Rabbi Swarsensky. Click to download the nomination form: Swarsensky Award Nomination Form, fill it out and email to our Rotary office at

Each year the Rotary Club of Madison presents to a member of the community this prestigious award in remembrance of former club member Rabbi Swarsensky. The awardee is then asked to name a charity to which the Rotary Club of Madison then donates $2,500. Click here to view Swarsensky Video.

Rotary Club of Madison Service Awards

This award recognition began in July of 2005 and recognizes up to six members per year for their efforts on behalf of our Rotary club in one of these four avenues of service – with no more than three recognitions within one avenue. This recognition system replaces the former Paul Harris Fellow recognition. Award recipients are recommended annually by the club’s Member Recognition Committee with approval by the Club Board of Directors. Recipients receive a certificate and lapel pin, denoting the type of Avenue of Service Award. A monetary gift of $200 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is made in the recipient’s name, to go toward a Paul Harris Fellow recognition.

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