An award established by the Board of Directors of the Rotary Club of Wilmington to be presented to a Rotarian who has made an outstanding contribution or performed distinguished service in supporting and promoting the ideal of “Service Above Self” through Rotary. The award is named in honor of John F. Newnam whose Club leadership, guidance and outstanding service to Rotary have set a standard for all Rotarians.

The award is the highest honor that our Club can present to a fellow Rotarian. All Rotarians past or present are eligible for this award. Any member of the Rotary Club of Wilmington may propose a candidate for the award to the Awards Committee who will consider nominations at least annually.

John F. Newnam   1989
S. Bernard Ableman   1990
C. Robert Taylor   1991
Harvey C. Smith Jr.   1992
William S. Hearn   1994
John J. Callaghan, Jr.   1997
Edward G. Geist   1998
Clifford G. Embley   2000
Marguerite Prueitt   2001
Joseph P. Melloy, Sr.   2002
George E. Alderman   2003
Cynthia L. Morgan   2004
Robert S. Brandt   2005
H. Murray Sawyer   2006
Robert E. Hickman   2007
Gilbert S. Scarborough, Jr.   2008
Julian H. Booker   2009
J. Cameron Yorkston   2010
Rodman B. Teeple, Jr.   2011
Richard Stat   2012
Geraldine F. Reybold 2013
Stanley M. Diver 2014
J. Kai Lassen 2015
Gwendolyn W. Sanders 2016

Mahaffy-Miller Circle

Hugh Mahaffy joined the Wilmington Rotary Club in 1961 and attained 55 years of continuance attendance in 2016, never missing a meeting or make up from the day he became a member. In 2011 the Board of Directors honored him as the first and only member of our Club to achieve 53 years of perfect attendance. Albert L. Miller (1914 – 2004) was a member of the Wilmington Rotary Club with almost 60 years of perfect attendance, the last 15 years of which were as a member of our Club. To honor this achievement of these Rotarians, the Board of Directors established the Mahaffy-Miller Circle to recognize those members with perfect attendance for the previous Rotary year. (The number in parenthesis indicates multiple years of perfect attendance)

  • Jerry Bilton (1)
  • Samantha Diedrick (10)
  • Mike Friedberg (36)
  • Kai Lassen (19)
  • Hugh Mahaffy (55)
  • Gregory E. Moore (1)
  • Elizabeth A. L. Rhoads (20)
  • Buck Smith (45)


An award presented by the Awards Committee to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution, performed distinguished service and/or has brought special recognition or honor to the greater Wilmington community through the advancement of high ethical standards in business, professional or occupational endeavors.

Irving S. Shaprio  1978
Daniel L. Herrmann  1979
Charles L. Reece, Jr.  1981
Harvey C. Smith, Jr. 1984
Ralph E. Pearce, Jr.  1986
Charles E. Welch  1987
John M. Levinson 1988
E. Norman Veasey 1992
Eldridge J. Waters  1995
Frederick C. Sears, II  1996
Marvin S. Gilman 1998
Jan Dill  1999
Muriel E. Gilman  2001
William Roth, Jr.  2002
James H. Gilliam, Sr.  2003
Betsey Rawls 2004
Evelyn D. Swensson 2005
Marvin (Skip) Schoenhals  2007
Charles Parks  2008
S. Bernard Ableman  2009
Michael N. Castle  2010
Bill and Marcie Perkins  2011