District 7230 Service Awards
The Distinguished "Club" Service Award recognizes members of Rotary District 7230 who exemplify service above self  through their commitment to Rotary and our shared community. Our District will honor one Rotarian, Rotaractor, or Interactor each month.  If you would like to nominate someone who deserves this spotlight, please contact District Governor Mary or your local Assistant Governor.

Meet our Honorees

RUCHI KUMAR

Ruchi Kumar is a professional educational therapist who is committed to the fields of mental health and education, both as a working professional and in service. She has Master's degrees in Clinical Psychology and Special Education from Columbia University and is currently working in private practice. She is honored to be a part of the Rotary Metro Club NYC and is currently serving on their board as Director of Community Service. For the program, she hopes to diversify community service opportunities, in order to reach the many talents and professional experiences of all club members, so that they can have opportunities to serve in ways that are meaningful to them and in fields that they are passionate about. She operates from the modalities of positive psychology, mindfulness, and dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), though has recently completed her training as a certified trauma professional, in hopes to specialize her counseling work to those who have experienced trauma and abuse.


Due to her passions for mental health and education, Ruchi strives to serve the community in those fields. She has given wellness seminars at Venture House in Queens and the Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington, and also tutored students in the CAMBA program in Brooklyn. This past summer, she went to Siem Reap, Cambodia to start a counseling program for students enrolled in the nonprofit organization, PEPY Empowering Youth. There, she worked with both staff and students to hold individual counseling sessions and also teach skills to help them cope with life adversity and mental health issues. She employs a strength-based training model to her counseling, with the goal of focusing on individual strengths and using those as a baseline to empower them to take back control to better their health and lives. For this reason, she trained her colleagues at PEPY in counseling skills, so that they could take over and continue the program she started last summer. She is thrilled to hear that they have continued this crucial work and taken ownership of it for the betterment of the students. She was inspired by PEPY’s work and so continues to keep in touch and continue to support the students and faculty there. Her future plans are to do more mental health service work in other Asian countries, as being from an Indian family, she knows that mental health is a high need area in most Asian countries, where there are limited resources and high levels of stigma.


Ruchi credits her passion and commitment for service to her family, whom she feels have led by example, and have always taught her, since childhood, the importance of giving back to the community and helping those who are less fortunate. She is grateful to be a part of Rotary, where she has met inspiring people and amazing friends who are like-minded in their commitment to service about self.

 

MARGUERITE CHADWICK-JUNER

Marguerite Chadwick-Juner exemplifies the best of Rotary’s values. She is a living example of “Service above Self”. Throughout her Rotary tenure, Marguerite has embodied Rotary’s ideals. For all her hard work on behalf of District 7230, Marguerite has accomplished many successes. She is responsible for the creation and production of Club journals, directories, websites, publicity and branding materials for Rotary.

Marguerite is a Club participant and has worked tirelessly to help Clubs facilitate and design countless public relations pieces for the success of community events and awareness. She has assisted many District Governors and has helped create and launch many Club projects by providing practical, motivational and strategic ideas for Club development and retention, as well as community outreach. Marguerite has made significant contributions to community organizations, student scholarships and international humanitarian efforts. She has been named a threetime Paul Harris Fellow for her contribution to Rotary.

 
Marguerite has a B.F.A. from Cooper Union in N.Y.C., where she had a full scholarship from the School of Arts League. Growing up on City Island, New York, Marguerite’s work has captured the rich nautical history of her hometown. Many of her prints and pieces are in the permanent collection of the City Island Nautical Museum. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout the United States and Europe. She has won many prestigious honors including “Best in Show” awarded by noted panelist Daniel Greene, for her piece “Marie’s Garden”. She is cofounder of the City Island Arts Organization and has been twice recognized by Graphic Design USA magazine. Presently, Marguerite is a resident member of the Village Gallery in Oriental, N.C. In 2020, Walmart bought the rights to 3 of her watercolor images which they plan to turn into murals. She is also Vice President of the Pamlicko County Arts Council and in July 2020 won 1st Place for her exhibition at The Carolina Artists Gallery in Moorehead City, N.C.
 
Marguerite resides in Oriental, North Carolina with her husband Peter, although she maintains her membership in the Rotary Club of the Bronx where she is an active member. Her work ethic and dedication to the Rotary Club of the Bronx has been nothing short of inspirational. We are proud an honored to celebrate her accomplishments and appreciate her many years of service and hard work on behalf of our great Rotary District 7230.