PUBLISHED: 5:24 PM on Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Juneau Rotary presents its 2006 Vocational Service Awards

Photo by J. Allan MacKinnon
  Juneau Rotary Vocational Service award winners for 2006 include, from left, Wildflower Court administrator Millie Duncan (nonprofit business award); Rotary committee chair Carl John; Individual Vocational Service award winner Jetta Whittaker, executive director of the Glory Hole; Rotarian Carla Meek; Rotarian Merrill Sanford; Catholic Community Services administrator Rosemary Hagevig; and Hospice and Home Care of Juneau director Kim Redifer (nonprofit organization award). Not pictured is Dennis Egan of KINY Radio (for-profit business award).
Juneau Rotary President Sally Smith recently presented the annual Rotary Vocational Service awards to individuals, businesses, and nonprofit organizations that provide outstanding service to members of the community.

The winners for 2006 include Jetta Whittaker (individual), Hospice and Home Care of Juneau (nonprofit organization), KINY Radio (for-profit business), and Wildflower Court (nonprofit business).

Smith applauded this year's vocational service award recipients for "the example they set through their dedication to work and community. In a sea of negativity," she said, "they are beacons of hope, serving the higher interests of the community through involvement and service. Clearly, they lead the way."

Individual winner Jetta Whittaker, current Executive Director of the Glory Hole, grew up in Ketchikan and has lived in Juneau for the past 19 years. She has a music degree from Reed College and a masters in business administration with a concentration in public management from Boston University. In addition to working in Alaska government and with the Juneau Symphony, she has served on many nonprofit boards, including the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council and Juneau Jazz and Classics. A soccer mom and Harborview School site council member, she also plays the oboe in the Juneau Symphony.

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  Wildflower Court administrator Millie Duncan shows off Juneau Rotary's Vocational Service Award to a nonprofit business, with Rotarians Merrill Sanford and Carl Johnin the background.
Nonprofit organization winner Hospice and Home Care of Juneau has provided vital home hospice services in Juneau for 26 years. Hospice offers professional, compassionate care for end-of-life and bereavement needs, grief support, and medical care following surgery and/or serious illness. More than 80 Hospice volunteers help enhance comfort and quality of life during the last phase of one's life. They subscribe to the motto that "it's the caring that counts." Hospice director Kim Redifer accepted the award on behalf of the organization and its many volunteers.

For-profit business winner KINY has been filling the airwaves of Southeast Alaska for 70-plus years with the sound of music, news, and highlights of our community. With outstanding newsmen, DJs and radio personalities, the radio station continues to provide public service announcements as well as unbiased local, state, and national news.EKINY offers a number of community-based programs that bring Southeast Alaskans together. Whether it's Dennis Egan fielding questions on Problem Corner, Charlie Gray climbing the towers in the middle of the night, Chris Burns interviewing the people shaping our community, or Pete Carran chasing down the latest in local news, these folks do what it takes to keep our local station "on the air." KINY is a valuable asset to our community.

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  Rotarian Merrill Sanford congratulates Hospice and Home Care of Juneau director Kim Redifer and Catholic Community Services Director Rosemary Hagevig as they receive Rotary's nonprofit organization Vocational Service award for 2006.
Wildflower Court administrator Millie Duncan accepted the nonprofit business Vocational Service award. Wildflower Court is an "Eden Alternative" certified long-term care facility. Staff members give residents respect, attention, and affection. Their caring attitude is evident in Wildflower Court's warm, inviting décor and other personal touches, including art, quilts, and flowers. Areas of the home have cheerful names and unique decorations. Residents are encouraged to personalize their rooms with treasures from home when they move in. Millie Duncan, the administrator of Wildflower, and her staff of professionals make Wildflower Court a great place for long-term care.

"Good work needs, and deserves, recognition," Smith said. "The great part about recognition is that by recognizing one, we recognize and encourage all who serve with honesty, integrity and courtesy."

As business leaders, Rotarians share their skills and expertise through vocational service, one of Rotary's four avenues of service. Vocational service activities (mentoring, career days, vocational awards, business assistance, or even talking about jobs or professions) provide an invaluable resource for other members of the community.

Rotary is a volunteer organization with more than 32,000 clubs in over 200 countries and geographical areas. The organization initiates humanitarian programs that address today's challenging issues, such as hunger, poverty, and illiteracy. A cross-section of business and professional leaders worldwide, 1.2 million Rotary club members donate their expertise, time, and funds to support local and international projects that help people in need and promote understanding among cultures. Rotary's flagship program is its effort to protect children against polio, with the goal of ending the disease throughout the world.