HAWLEY -  On Thursday evening June 26th the Hawley Rotary held its annual awards night with the presentation of two awards “The 4-Way Test” and “Rotarian of the Year”.
      The 4 Way Test award is presented annually by Hawley Rotary to a deserving non-Rotarian in the community who lives by its’ words:  Of the things we think, say or do, (1) Is it the Truth? (2) Is it Fair to all concerned? (3) Will it build Goodwill and Better Friendship? (4) Will it be Beneficial to all concerned?  
      The 2014 award was presented to Pam Dirkson of Hawley for her untiring work with the children of the area through the Head Start program. Dirkson is family coordinator of the local Head Start and works with both the children and their families to help improve their lives. She has been with Head Start for twenty-one years.
      The Rotarian of the Year for 2014 was presented to James Pierce for his distinguished service, loyalty and devotion to the ideals of Rotary.  Pierce has been a member of Hawley Rotary since 2008 serving as president in 2010/11.  He has been instrumental in organizing the Hawley Rotary food drive which has benefitted local food pantries since 2009.  
   The food drives have given thousands of dollars to the local church food voucher programs and countless number of boxes of food for local church pantries. Pierce was commended for his willingness to step in whenever there is a need to support Hawley Rotary projects.  He was presented the award by last year’s recipient Jeannette Bates.  Bates also presented him a Paul Harris honor as part of the Rotarian of the Year award.