B'ville Rotary member honored for service

Lizzy Flinn-Brown accepts Rotarian of Excellence award.

Lizzy Flinn-Brown accepts Rotarian of Excellence award.

— Rotarian Lizzy Flinn-Brown has been named a Rotarian of Excellence.

She was presented with the distinction, which recognizes a Rotarian who displays devoted service while furthering the Rotary way of life, Service Above Self, at a recent district function. Flinn-Brown was nominated by her outgoing club president Marv Joslyn, who said she “puts outsanding effort into creating what we think is the best club newsletter in the district, is active in service to the club throughout the year and brings a cheerful attitude and energy to the club.”

Flinn-Brown joined the Rotary Club of Baldwinsville in February 2009 at just 25 years old, making her one of the youngest members in the district at that time. She already knew about community service opportunities through Rotary International because her father and grandfather have been active Rotarians in the Ithaca Rotary Club for many years. Although a resident of Auburn who works in downtown Syracuse, the Baldwinsville Club was a great fit for Flinn-Brown.

“I found a club closer to where I work, with a meeting time that fit my schedule and I also happened to know a member already. She invited me to a meeting and I was sold. Everyone is really fun, with lots of joking at the meetings, and the club gets a lot done,” Flinn-Brown said.

The biggest commitments for Flinn-Brown are being club secretary, the public relations chairperson and producing the monthly club newsletter. She recently began her third consecutive year as secretary and says it gets a little easier each year.

For the past three years she chaired the Senior Citizen Holiday Luncheon that the club hosts annually and put together a team to hawk newspapers for the Old Newsboys Toy Fund last Christmas. She has served on the Seneca River Days committee, helps run meetings when board members are asked to chip in, has two years of perfect attendance and participates in most club events.

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