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Mattoon Rotary honors Mike Snow

Larry Larvick of the Mattoon Rotary Club, left, presents Mike Snow with the Rotarian of the Year Award for 2017-18.

MATTOON -- The Rotary Club of Mattoon recently presented Mike Snow with the Rotarian of the Year Award for 2017-18.

Rotary reported in a press release that Snow joined the Mattoon club in April 2009 and has obtained perfect attendance for the past six years. He has served multiple years on the club's board, including as president.

He currently serves as chair of the Member Retention & Classification, and the International Service Projects committees. Snow is also a member of the Inspirational, Fundraising, New Member Fireside Chat, International Youth Exchange, Handicap Accessibility, Rotary Foundation, and GSE-Group Study Exchange committees. At the district level, he has served as an assistant district governor for Rotary District 6490.

As a Rotarian, Snow has a strong desire to serve others on an international basis. His true passion lies with inbound and outbound opportunities. He seeks to understand, learn, and serve those living in other cultures.

In 2013, Snow served as the Group Study Exchange Team Leader for Rotary District 6490 and led the team to Italy. In addition to traveling abroad, Snow and his wife have hosted the inbound GSE beams from Brazil, Germany, and India.

Snow has also supported the Rotary Youth Exchange Program by hosting students in his home from Turkey, Sweden, Japan, and Brazil. His daughter spent her high school junior year in Denmark as a Rotary Youth Exchange student.

While Snow enjoys international service projects, his service is equally strong in the Mattoon community. Besides routinely volunteering for the Mattoon Rotary Food Drive, he also enjoys taking professional level photographs of Rotary events and work projects.

Five years ago, Snow began coordinating an effort to build wheelchair ramps for those in need. Through collaboration, this work is now accomplished with volunteers from Mattoon Rotary and the use of a shop donated by Catholic Charities for pre-building the ramps. Snow has raised funds for materials from Rotary, First United Methodist Church, and local residents. So far, has built 20 ramps in Coles County.

Being a Paul Harris Fellow, Snow shares the distinction with men and women in more than a hundred nations, many of whom have made significant contributions to world peace and understanding.

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