Rotary Club of Michigan City announces Alinsky Award recipient

Rotary Club of Michigan City announces Alinsky Award recipient
By: Rotary Club of Michigan City Last Updated: February 3, 2020

Michigan City, Indiana – The Michigan City Rotary Club is pleased to announce Cynthia “Cyndi” Davis will be honored with this year’s Paul J. Alinsky Excellence Award.

This award, which the Rotary Club of Michigan City holds in high regard, is presented in honor of Paul Alinsky who was a past Rotary Club President, past Chairman of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, and founder of Sentinel Alarm Company. Paul passed away in 1997 and this award was created to keep his memory alive.

The Paul J. Alinsky Excellence Award is given annually to a person from the Michigan City community who exhibits dedication to community service and excellence, passion and innovation in their vocation/career, as these are the areas where Paul excelled.

Cyndi Davis was nominated by Faye Moore and Willie Milsap, board members of the North Central Community Action Agency. The nomination included a long list of community service dedication and commitments, and stated about these boards and organizations: “Cyndi was actively participating in meetings, fundraising drives, planning conferences and workshops on most the boards (and) … has been behind the scenes at events in the community most of her adult life.”

Past recipients of this award include Les Radke, Bud Ruby, Duane Mertl, Rotary Service Volunteers, Ron Bensz, Jerry Karstens, Emerson Spartz, Glen Lubeznik, James Welborne, Kathleen Lang, Bernie Scott, Jan Radford, Tom Ringo, Jim Dworkin, Dr. Lisa Hendricks, Marty Corley, Don Babcock, Rotary Club Members, Allan Whitlow and Dion Campbell.

A memorial inscribed with the names of past recipients is on display at City Hall, located at 100 E. Michigan Blvd., Michigan City.

Jessica O’Brien, president of the Rotary Club of Michigan City, said, “We are honored to present this award to Cyndi Davis this year. She is someone who works hard to meet the needs of this community in a variety of ways – all while showing the excellence, innovation and service above self we, as a club, have come to associate with the Paul J. Alinsky Excellence Award.”

The selection committee included Rotarians and non-Rotarians who chose this year’s honoree from among five nominations received this year.

Davis will be honored and presented with a replica of the Paul Alinsky memorial along with a contribution to a charity of their choice. The award will be presented at Rotary’s meeting on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at the Northern Indiana Education Foundation (NIEF), 402 Franklin Street, Michigan City.

This event is open to the public, and lunch is available for $12 per person.