Prior to 1992 several awards were given out each year for a variety of accomplishments by Rotarians, but club leadership decided to honor just one Rotarian each year -- and in 1992 the first Rotarian of the Year was awarded.
Since then, 24 members of this club have been named the Rotarian of the Year. Of these 24 -- 13 are still members of this club; a couple have moved away and are members of other Rotary Clubs and several have passed away and are serving in a better place.
As the Rotarian of the Year, the recipient will automatically become a Paul Harris Fellow.
A native of Murray, KY, Debbie Smith graduated from Calloway County High School.
She retired from Fisher Price in 1995 after working there for 14 years.
She is an active member of Glendale Road Church of Christ. In her own words, she is a Christian who wants to make the world better for everyone. Debbie had the idea for the kitchen after noticing the need at a Bible study she was attending.
Debbie put something on Facebook stating that "I'm going to open a community kitchen. Who's with me?" The response she received was overwhelming. On June 1, 2015 her dream was realized with the opening of Soup for the Soul.