HAWLEY - Melanie Tek-Visgilio, a member of Hawley Rotary, was honored by the Board of Directors of Rotary International with the Service Above Self Award, Rotary’s highest honor.  
       The award was acknowledged at Rotary District 7410 Conference by Rotary International President’s Representative Charles Rodgers and District Governor Irene Carey.  
         Tek-Visgilio has a life-long commitment to children locally and internationally. As Rotary District 7410 Rotaplast Chair (1999-2004), she raised over $80,000 for three District 7410 missions and served on five missions.   Over 300 children with cleft lips, cleft palates and burn injuries had life changing surgery in Peru, Venezuela, the Philippines and Bolivia.  She volunteered on Operation Honduras missions (2003-2007) fitting hearing aides, building a school and, as District Governor, equipping a Burn Unit operating room in San Pedro Sula.
       For the Rotary Club of Hawley, she created an annual children’s coat project called Winter Woolies (2003-present) that has distributed over 700 coats to needy children.   For eight years (2006-present) she has been a weekly Head Start volunteer.   In the local community, Melanie is a 17-year member of Pike County Children and Youth Advisory Board serving as co-chair for 13 years and a member of the Pike County CDTR investigating child deaths.  She planned the   Hawley Library’s Parent/Child Seminar program scheduling community professionals to speak with parents concerning health and social issues.  
           A Red Cross blood donor, she surpassed her ten-gallon goal last year.  Tek-Visgilio served the ten counties of District 7410 as Governor, 2005-2006 and is a Level II Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation.  
       She is married to Thomas Visgilio, current President of Hawley Rotary, a Past District Governor and Chair of the Past District Governors Council.