2022 Guidelines

The Rotary Golden Wheel Award recognizes outstanding non-Rotarians who best exemplify “Service Above Self” and the “Four-Way Test.” The Golden Wheel concept is inspired by the Rotary Wheel, which symbolizes passion, excellence and service. Golden Wheel awards honor persons who make significant contributions to their communities through their time, actions, talents and dedication (outside of any volunteer work done for their employer). Honorees are role models for service in making our communities and state better.

Any community member of any age may be nominated apart from current Rotary club members.

Persons being nominated for the Golden Wheel award will have consistently demonstrated qualities of service to either one organization or a variety of volunteer activities in one year. The charitable activities, events or services listed in the nomination cannot be part of the nominee’s job description or duties and the individual cannot receive any monetary or personal benefits from their involvement.
1. Rotary Club Presidents appoint a Golden Wheel award committee (or utilize an existing awards committee).
2. Members of Rotary Clubs in District 5650 nominate any non-Rotarian who meets the criteria (see criteria description above and judging criteria below).
3. The award committee for each club will review nominations and select one Golden Wheel for their club to recognize at the District 5650 dinner on April 1, 2023.
4. Names of honorees should be submitted no later than February 1, 2023, to Mari Lane Gewecke at
5. Club members are encouraged to attend the dinner with the honoree and fund their dinner and one guest.
6. Golden Wheel Award nominees will be recognized at the Rotary District Conference dinner.
Judging Criteria
•  The degree to which the nominee’s services/actions have made a lasting or meaningful contribution or impact on their community – 40%
•  The length and degree of their service(s) – 20%
•  The extent to which their service or action might be considered above and beyond the call of duty – 20%
•  The extent to which their action would be recognized and valued by their peers/community leaders – 20%