Established in 1991 by the RI Board of Directors, the Service Above Self Award is Rotary International’s highest honor for an individual Rotarian who embodies Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self”, with an emphasis on personal volunteer efforts and active involvement in helping others. This is an internationally competitive award, with a maximum of 150 recipients selected worldwide each year, and only one per district.
Active Rotarians in good standing may be nominated, except the following: district governors, immediate past district governors, district governors-elect, RI Foundation Trustees, Foundation Trustee-designate, past Foundation Trustee (within two years of having held that position), RI directors, past RI directors (within two years of having held that position), and RI directors-elect. An individual may not nominate him/herself for the award and an individual may only receive the award once. Nominees' service rendered through Rotary must have been on a continuing basis.
Each July 1st, a call goes out to every Rotary club in District 7510 to nominate eligible candidates. We ask for one nominee per club. Nominations are due by Aug 1st of each year. The District Committee collects the nominations, selects the best candidate, interviews that candidate, polishes up the application, and submits the form before the end of August to RI with the Governor’s signature. The RI Deadline is September 1st.
The members of the committee include the current sitting District Governor, the immediate Past District Governor, and any of the previous award recipients who wish to participate. The Committee meets during the month of August each Rotary year.
Click here for the Service Above Self Award Past Recipients page.
2016-2017 Service Above Self Award Recipient
Service Above Self Award 2017
The RI Board of Directors awarded only 130 awards this year out of 384 nominations from 536 districts. Less than one third of the districts worldwide have a recipient, so it is truly a rare and special award. To win this award, you need to do hands-on service in Rotary, show you are a good person, and provide service in other areas of your life.
Rotarian and Assistant Governor Joe Horner received the Rotary International SERVICE ABOVE SELF AWARD at our 2016-2017 District Assembly.
Joe now joins ten District 7510 Rotarians who, beginning in 2009, have also been so honored. They are: Marcia Bossart, Nick Carnevale, Yeddi Dennis, Bill Henderson, Tulsi Maharjan, Suresh Patel, Augustine Pushparaj, Cheruvasseri Ravindranth, Edna Stout, and PDG Marsha Carldon.
Joe Horner was born September 22, 1946 to Rose & Joe Horner. One of six children, Joe grew up living in Raritan Borough. He has two daughters and a granddaughter, and is married to his love, Terry. Joe worked from gas station attendant, to managing a car dealership and winning an award as “Master Mechanic,” to starting his own business - “Active Disposal” - which is a thriving business today. Joe is a 6 times “Paul Harris Fellow Award” recipient and District 7510's “Vocational Service Award” winner.
Listed below are some of Joe's many activities that benefit others:
- Hillsborough Club President
- Hillsborough Club Director
- Hillsborough Rotary Fair Committee
- Hillsborough Special Needs Day Committeeman
- Hillsborough Rotary Fair/Special Needs Day
- District 7510 Assistant District Governor
- District 7510 Assist. Director for Membership & Extension Committee
- District 7510 Interact Committee member
- District 7510 Director for Club & Community Service
- District 7510 Conference Committee member
- Veterans Appreciation Day
- Easter Egg Hunt for Hillsborough Community
- Santa Fly-In – Holiday gift giving for Hillsborough Community
- Hillsborough Township Social Services – Holiday gift distribution
- Operation Shoebox – Packing for service men & woman overseas
- Hogar de Cristo – Ecuador Housing Project – 3 trips to Ecuador
- Somerset Helping its People (SHIP) – Committeeman
- Food Bank of Somerset County – Feeding the hungry
- Elijah’s Promise – Feeding the hungry
Joe is always looking for ways to help people, whether it is children with special needs or feeding the hungry, to appreciating and honoring our service men, woman & veterans. He is adamant about teaching our young children about Rotary and “Service Above Self” as, in his own words, “these children are our future.” He goes to different rotary clubs to give advice, instructions and experience on ways to better their clubs. He contributes himself in body, spirit and financially, always putting others first in every way. He certainly exemplifies Service Above Self.