The Rotary District 5320 Business Rotarian of the Year Awards were held Sept. 10 at the Doubletree Hotel in Orange with more than 170 Rotarians and guests attending. Twenty-nine Rotarians were nominated by their clubs to be honored in three categories. Each honoree was presented with a certificate of appreciation and a special medal inscribed with the Rotary Four-Way Test. District Gov. Johrita Solari (RC Anaheim) and former District Gov. Bret Gerdes (RC Irvine Spectrum) assisted with the presentations as event chairman Ian Hicks (RC Yorba Linda) read a brief description of each nominee's contribution to business, their community and to the clubs.
Past President of the Rotary Club of Newport Balboa Steve Speers received the Ethics in Business Award. Speer owns Gina's Pizza & Family Style Pastaria in Irvine, and has served on the board of the Padre Foundation at Children's Hospital of Orange County for 19 years.
Jerry Rekers was nominated by the Rotary Club of Newport Irvine. Rekers is owner of Fiber Seal/Fiber Clean of Orange County and has chaired the Woodbridge Cross Country Classic for the past 12 years.