A Statement from The Rotary Club of Stafford
June 10, 2020
The Rotary Club of Stafford is deeply concerned by the ongoing tensions dividing our
fellow citizens. There is no place for racism or intolerance in this world, country and
Rotary prides itself on service above self, a core tenant of our mission throughout our
service. Our club is a diverse group of community leaders built on the foundations of
respect, trust and friendship. Any event that conflicts with these morals is of deep
Each time we gather, we pledge allegiance to fairness to all concerned and to build
goodwill and better friendships. We think, say, and do actions of which we are proud.
To overcome inequality, we pledge our influence in the local community for good. We
will strive to educate our communities to be the positivity we want to see in the world
and know there is an equal future for everyone.
An international organization, we know diversity is what brings us together. Different
ideas and experiences shape the world daily and make us who we are.
We condemn racism, brutality and violence. We support understanding, tolerance and
Be the change you want to see in the world. Be the role model for our children’s
children. Be a citizen who puts others above yourself. Be a mentor for those seeking to
understand. Be a person who exemplifies the ideals of Rotary.
The Stafford Rotary Club would like to recognize two outstanding Rotarians for the 2019-2020 year. While both are relatively new Rotarians, they have regularly and enthusiastically participated in club meetings, fundraisers and projects throughout the year. They both have sought to promote Stafford Rotary and Rotary International values in our community and within the circles of their vocations.
On June 24th, Tom Friedel was recognized with the Service Above Self award for his laser focus on every community project that the club took on. He has prepared and delivered dictionaries to Stafford County 3rd graders, packaged and delivered Thank You bags of classroom essentials to Stafford County Middle School teachers, and brought multiple Scout troops to our Meals of Hope local food-packing event. Tom offered fundraising ideas, promoted events by posting flyers all around the area, introduced the club to ScoutReach (which brings Scouting to underserved youth) and always brought the laughs and humor. Tom is the Senior Area Executive for the Aquia District of Boy Scouts of America, where he promotes citizenship and character development in the next generation.
Bob Sorkhe was recognized as the club’s Rotarian of the Year, for his dedication to service and his promotion of Rotary in our community. Bob was involved at every turn in our club projects, both large and small – hosting the Sounds of Summer events at the Fredericksburg Area Museum, preparing and delivering dictionaries, purchasing gifts for our Stafford County Middle School teachers and including employees in our Meals of Hope event. He generously dove in with his time and talents to ensure projects met the outlined goals of community impact. Bob promotes Stafford Rotary and Rotary International through his business dealings, shares the values of Rotary with his clients and keeps his Rotarian magazines front and center for customers to review. He is a Paul Harris Society member providing annual financial support to the Rotary International Foundation, helping to ensure the positive impacts of future community and international projects.
Bob is the owner and CEO of International Auto Specialists in Fredericksburg. While he is a modest gentleman, he is committed to community service, personal and professional standards of excellence and the growth of others in these same characteristics.
It is an honor to serve with these gentlemen !!
Stafford Rotary recognizes Lt. Jonathon Hensen, Stafford County Fire & Rescue Department, with a Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow special recognition for his “Service Above Self” Vocational and Community Service. The monetary donation will be used by Fire & Rescue for special needs. Lt. Hensen joined the Department in 2009 and received his promotion to the rank of fire lieutenant in 2018. He has obtained various levels of training certifications such as paramedic, technical rescue and swift water rescue. He was instrumental in instituting a critical river marking system so that those in destress on the river can determine their location which will aid in rescue and he educates the public about river safety. Lt. Hensen also trains new firefighters, a critical time in a new firefighter’s career. Currently he is assigned as Station Officer at the Berea Fire Station which houses engine, truck, medic and the swift water rescue team. Thank you Lt. Hensen for your outstanding service to the People of Stafford County and our region.