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Avila president honored as Rotarian of the Year

February 11, 2011
For more information, contact Bob Luder at 816.501.2434.

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KANSAS CITY, Mo - - Avila University president Ronald A. Slepitza, Ph.D., recently was honored by the Rotary Club of Leawood as its Rotarian of the Year.

Ron receiving his Rotarian of the Year PlaqueIn order to be considered for the Rotarian of the Year award, rotary members must have served the Rotary Club a minimum of three years and have attended at least 80 percent of club meetings and events. According to Don Smith, club vice president and chairman of the selection committee, the Rotarian of the Year must have lived up to the club's motto, "Service Above Self."

"Ron, far and away, is involved in a tremendous number of activities with the club," Smith said. "He has remained very active in the progress of the club, and for these reasons, we felt he was more than deserving of the honor."

Slepitza is director of the Rotary Club of Leawood's International Committee and has been heavily involved in the club's Bids for Kids campaign, its major annual fundraiser; and the REACH Program, which helps mentor youth at Bishop Ward High School. He also has been instrumental in group study exchange programs, a water purification project in Guatemala and an arts education program in Swaziland. This year, through the Open World Program, the group is helping sponsor a group of Russian social workers to come to Kansas City to learn culture and do social work.

"It's a great honor to be recognized like this by an organization that does so many great things for our community," Slepitza said.



Avila University is a private, co-educational, values-based liberal arts institution founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, offering undergraduate, graduate, and adult degree programs. Avila University is located at 119th and Wornall Rd in southwest suburban Kansas City, Mo.

About the Rotary Club
Rotary International, the world's first service club organization, is made up of over 32,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Its members form a global network of business and professional leaders who volunteer their time and talents to serve their communities and the world.

Rotary's motto, Service Above Self, exemplifies the humanitarian spirit of the organization's more than 1.2 million members. Strong fellowship among Rotarians and meaningful community and international service projects characterize Rotary worldwide.

Leawood Rotary was founded in 1995 and has since its inception raised more than $1 million for local children's charities and donated thousands of hours to local community projects. Membership is open to anyone interested in living the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.

Contact: Gary Bussing, President – Leawood Rotary, 913-647-4405, gbussing@kc.rr.com