DEARBORN, Michigan – The Inter-Service Club Council of Dearborn recently honored members of their individual organizations who represent exemplary commitment to their group and the community.
Of those eight outstanding members who volunteer so much time and effort, Barry Hawthorne, a member of the Dearborn Optimist Club, was chosen as the 2014 Service Person of the Year. Hawthorne has volunteered in the community serving with the Optimist Club as president for two terms and vice president for three terms. He chairs the Respect for Law Committee and also was the Dearborn Optimist of the Year in 2009.
The driving force behind programs such as the Junior Optimist Club and the Respect for Law Program that honors police officers and firefighters, Hawthorne also raises funds for the Optimist Club annual golf outing.
He oversees the organization’s art, oratory and essay contests for students.
Hawthorne is responsible for management, operation, administration and education at the Advanced Technology Academy and has been a leader in public education. He also supports the Dearborn Symphony and The Henry Ford.
The Inter-Service Club Council announced its honors at the Council’s 53nd annual awards luncheon on Nov. 12 at Park Place.
Other Dearborn service organization members who were nominated for the Inter-Service Club Council Service Person of the Year award were:
- Christine Hilbush, American Association of University Women
- John J. Fish, Jr., Dearborn Rotary Club
- Dennis Scanland, Exchange Club of Dearborn
- James Perri, Fairlane Sunrise Rotary Club
- Sharon Olshansky, Garden Club of Dearborn
- Rosa Scaramucci, Kiwanis Club of Dearborn Outer Drive
- J. Michael Suiter (In Memorium), Kiwanis Club of Dearborn
The Inter-Service Club Council of Dearborn comprises representatives from many Dearborn charitable organizations. The dedicated volunteers, whose goal is communication, meet monthly to share information about ideas, activities and fundraising; and work to raise awareness and involvement in the community.