The students came to learn from business men and women they might not meet otherwise and to learn about Rotary. Many later become Rotarians. These kinds of projects, and many others over the years have been important to Hamersly.
He said the Rotary concept of “service above self” “means a lot to this whole country, and a lot of other countries.
“If you can help somebody else, that comes first. That is the basic thought. I’ve got enough to get by; I have what it takes to live. That’s helping and contributing. A lot of Rotarians do a lot of things that never get into the Rotary records. They do it because of the Rotary ideals that they try to live by,” Hamersly said.
Hamersly’s family, including his son Alan, who is active in Rotary where he lives in Fishers, Ind., daughter Gail Doades, who is Daviess County’s auditor, son-in-law Mark Doades, a local well-known farmer, grandson Eric Doades, and his fiance, Scheryl Silvers, were all at last week’s Rotary meeting as a surprise for Hamersly when he was awarded a 62-year plaque.
Upon receiving the award, Hamersly, who will take on honorary member status, said he believed the local club “was getting it done,” and he encouraged Rotarians to continue spreading good works around the globe with the Rotary ideal “we may be worlds apart, but we are on the same page.”
He added, “Society has changed, Rotary does not.”