Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III was presented the Edwin Dalstrom Distinguished Service Award by Rolla PD Captain Jason Smith (pictured right), past president of the Rolla Lions Club, at the Rolla City Council meeting on July 17.
The award, which is named for the Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service’s first president, Edwin Dalstrom, is the highest honor that a Lions Club can bestow through the organization. Lions Clubs can honor a club member or a member of their community with this prestigious award by making a $1,000 contribution to Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service. The Dalstrom award is awarded to a club or community member who has demonstrated exceptional humanitarian service to the community. The award can be received only once.
“Mayor Jenks has been described by many in the area as Rolla's biggest cheerleader,” said Capt. Smith. “It is very common to see him out in the community volunteering at various events and he is always recognizing others for all of their hard work in our community. However, he is rarely recognized for all of the great things that he does for our community.” It is for that reason that the Rolla Lions Club presented Mayor Jenks with this distinguished service award, said Smith.
Jenks, who is serving his second 4-year term as Mayor of Rolla, and was presented the prestigious Missourian Award last year, said he was totally caught off guard by the presentation.
“I appreciate it very much,” said Mayor Jenks. “And I appreciate the Rolla Lions Club and all they do for the Mid-South Lions Sight and Hearing Service, Lions Club Park and the entire Rolla community.