Walter Les Easterday

Caroline Jones, representing the Metropolis Rotary Club, presents Dale Walter, right, with the 2019 Les Easterday Award on Jan. 24 at the Metropolis Area Chamber of Commerce annual banquet and meeting, held at the Metropolis Elks Lodge. The award is given each year to a Massac County resident who has enriched the community through public service.

The 2019 recipient of the Metropolis Rotary Club's Les Easterday Award is known for his role in launching the Massac County Youth Fair. His commitment to the youth fair board and time spent volunteering with the organization has made an impact on the community

In the nomination letter from Tammie Obermark, she writes, "He was instrumental in establishing Massac County Youth Fair in 1981. A charter member of the Youth Fair Board and president for over 30 years, he retired from active service in 2019 due to health reasons, but remains an emeritus board member, having served for 39 years. In fact, he is one of only four charter members still on the board."

"The Massac County Youth Fair exists today because of Dale Walter, and the many kids he worked with over the years. In fact, youth who grew up coming to the fair are now bringing their own kids -- or grandkids -- to the fair. Several of those fair kids now serve on the fair board, continuing Dale's legacy. I feel that the Youth Fair, and this community, are very lucky to have Dale Walter, and he would be an excellent choice for the Easterday Award," said Obermark.

Walter received his plaque, which was presented by Caroline Jones of the Metropolis Rotary Club, who read a portion of Obermark's letter and echoed her sentiments about Walter's contribution to the Massac County Youth Fair.

In his honor, Metropolis Rotary Club will make a contribution to the charity of Walter's choice, which will be Massac County Youth Fair.

Metropolis Rotary Club's annual Les Easterday Community Service award is named in honor of the late Leslie Easterday, who was active in Rotary and many other civic avenues, including the Chamber of Commerce.

Easterday joined Rotary in 1927, and five decades later received an award for 50 years of perfect attendance. He continued his unbroken attendance record, with over 60 years of perfect attendance when he died in March of 1988.

Easterday served as club president in 1937-38. He also served as governor for District 6510 from 1981-82.

The Easterday Award is given each year to a Massac County resident that has enriched the community through public service.

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