PRINCETON — The Princeton Rotary Club recently awarded Gary Patterson of Princeton the Non Rotarian Vocational Service Leadership Award at a recent Rotary Club meeting. This award is given annually by the Princeton Rotary Club to a member of the community who has shown outstanding leadership and community involvement.
Patterson has 34 years experience in education as a teacher and principal. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Eureka College and received his Master of Education and Specialist Degree in Education at Illinois State University. He was past principal at Logan, Douglas, Jefferson and Lincoln schools, and was also assistant superintendent of the Unit District. He served as district curriculum coordinator for several years, was the special education co-coordinator for students with learning disabilities and conducted summer school programs for the District 115 Enrichment and Title I programs.
Some of his community involvement has included coaching Little League baseball, soccer league coach, past president of the Kiwanis and Optimist Clubs, United Way board member and he continues to be very involved in his church.
Anyone interested in joining the Princeton Rotary Club should contact Lou Anne Kenwick, Rotary president, or any Rotary member. The club meets every Tuesday at noon at the Princeton Elks Lodge.