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Kaufmann named Rotarian of the Year

Published: Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 2:25 p.m. CDT • Updated: Monday, Sept. 24, 2012 2:27 p.m. CDT
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Lou Ann Kenwick (left), current Rotary president, and Jeff Dean, past Rotary president, present Phil Kaufmann with a plaque after he was named Rotarian of the Year. Also pictured is Phil's wife, Pam.

PRINCETON — The Princeton Rotary Club recently announced Phil Kaufmann as the 2012 Rotarian of the Year. He was presented a plaque in recognition of this honor by current Rotary President, Lou Ann Kenwick, and past Rotary President, Jeff Dean.

Kaufmann sets the example for other Rotarians by demonstrating the objective of Rotary with his high ethical standards in business and profession, the recognition of the importance of service to the community and the international understanding of building goodwill and peace in his own community, as well as in the world. In 1995 he was involved with the Young Professionals Rotary Exchange group in the Netherlands.

Kaufmann was employed for 20 years at the Covenant Children’s Home and finished his time there holding the position of chief financial officer. He has spent the last 11 years as the administrator at Greenfield and was instrumental in the addition of the apartment complex and its innovative design and layout.

Kaufmann has been recognized for his one-man show, the Cotton Patch Gospel. In the last year he has performed 38 shows and to date has raised more than $43,400 for feeding the hungry, with proceeds going both locally and internationally. He served on the Tiskilwa School Board, and was involved in the consolidation with the Princeton Public Schools. He is also the music director at his church. He has been married nearly 35 years to his wife, Pam, and enjoys a healthy and happy family life.

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