The award, named in recognition of local Rotarian Don Osburn’s contributions to Rotary International, was established to recognize the outstanding service of a Rotarian over an extended period of time. It is presented annually to a Rotarian who has demonstrated a decade or more membership record of consistent and sustained service to the Rotary Club of Easton and to the mission of Rotary International.
Kagan, an active member of the Rotary Club of Easton since 1977 and Past President 2010-2011, was selected for this award in recognition of his tireless demonstration of the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self”, through service to local and international communities. He is a Multiple Paul Harris Fellow, having made multiple monetary contributions to The Paul Harris Society, which is named after the founder of Rotary International. The Society recognizes friends of The Rotary Foundation who annually contribute $1000.00 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, and other Rotary Foundation grant activities.
In addition to his many contributions to the Rotary Club of Easton, Kagan has traveled all over the world, most recently to India, to administer polio vaccine in support of Rotary International’s campaign to globally eradicate polio. While in India, he performed many other charitable acts including funding a heart operation for a child who, without it, would have died.
Kagan has made such notable contributions to the Rotary Club of Easton and to Rotary International that in 2010, the Club established an award in his honor named “The Alfred B. (Tim) Kagan, Jr. Duz Award”, which annually recognizes a Rotarian who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and one who “duz more than others duz”. This award honors Kagan’s work as a Rotarian and a defining moment in his life when, as a child, he was publically criticized by a teacher for having misspelled the word “does”. The public humiliation in front of his classmates was one of Kagan’s early lessons in overcoming challenges and the perseverance he has demonstrated throughout his lifetime and in carrying out Rotary’s mission. Kagan was the Club’s first recipient of the award, now given annually.
Founded and chartered in 1921, The Rotary Club of Easton is part of Rotary International, the world’s first service club organization. Its more than 1.2 million members in greater than 200 countries volunteer their time and talents to promote the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self”.
To learn more about the Rotary Club of Easton, Maryland, visit www.eastonrotary.org or Rotary International at www.rotary.org.
In photo: Tim Kagan.