Rotary Club of Richmond Hill recognized Adam Jarrard for outstanding professional achievement and high ethical standards during a banquet June 21. Jarrard works as an electric lineman for Coastal Electric Cooperative.
“If there is a power outage being restored in Richmond Hill, this man is probably the guy on the job,” said Rotary Club President Chris Fettes. “Whether he is officially ‘on call’ or not, he has often located the problem – and, in some cases, restored power – by the time the on-call crew arrives. He worked many hours restoring power during Hurricane Matthew, Irma and the last winter snow storm. I can’t say they were tireless hours, but I know this young man is not afraid of work.”
The club annually bestows the Vocational Service Award on a deserving local person, but this year, they renamed the award to honor a young Richmond Hill man who lived his life adhering to the Rotary model of Service Above Self – Alex Hollowell, son of Whit and Debbie Hollowell.
Alex was a Richmond Hill High School graduate and earned the rank of Eagle Scout as a member of Richmond Hill Boy Scout Troop 400 before passing away in February 2017 at the age of 22.
“The results of Alex’s volunteerism are evident throughout our community,” Fettes said. “He lived to help others and improve the quality of life in his community. We intend for this award to inspire further enthusiasm and make a way for Alex’s legacy to live on.”
Vocational Service is one of Rotary’s Avenues of Service. Vocational service calls every Rotarian to aspire to high ethical standards in his or her occupation, recognize the worthiness of all useful occupations, and contribute his or her vocational talents to alleviate the problems and needs of society.