A North Platte man has been awarded the prestigious ‘service above self’ award from rotary international. He’s Dr. Kim Baxter, who is a member of the North Platte noon Rotary Club.
The award, one of the most important given by Rotary, is restricted to a very select 150 nominees per year. The nominee must have demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service, in any form, and at any level, with an emphasis on personal volunteer effort and active involvement in helping others through rotary.
For Baxter, this meant a focus on his recent trip to the Central American country of Guatemala, where he participated in a volunteer effort to bring eye examinations and eye care fittings to the local population. Both North Platte Rotary clubs also participated in the trip with funding that Baxter was able to use in the purchase and installation of pure water systems and clean, dependable cooking stoves for people in the central part of Guatemala.
In making the award, District Governor Dian Edwards, acknowledged that the Guatemala trip was just one of several made by Baxter and other Nebraskans through a volunteer group known as volunteer optometry services to humanity.