Sturbridge Rotary Club President David Zonia presented Lisa Meunier, Lead Nurse for the Union 61 School District, with the Sturbridge Rotary “Service Above Self Award” 2021. The event took place at a special ‘surprise’ meeting held at the Publick House Historic Inn in Sturbridge. Attended by over 50 family, friends and colleagues, Lisa was honored for all her sterling efforts working with Burgess Elementary School families in need. Sturbridge Rotary partners with Lisa especially at Christmas where food, clothing, toys, gift vouchers, etc. are provided to the Burgess families in need. Lisa is also involved with Rotary’s connection to the Comfort Zone Camp which helps children overcome trauma of losing someone close to them. Beyond Rotary, Lisa is well known for the many other ways in which she helps the local community. The name of the award, Service Above Self, is Rotary’s motto and we can think of no one who demonstrates this more than Lisa by volunteering her time and talents to help others.
This special event was the first post-pandemic in-person meeting of the Sturbridge Rotary Club. Among those attending was Sturbridge Town Administrator Jeff Bridges, Selectman Mary Dowling, Police Chief Earl Dessert, Assistant Superintendent of Schools Jodi Bourassa, Director of Special Education Brenda Looney, Burgess Elementary School Principal Kathy Pelley, plus many Burgess teaching and nursing staff, Lisa’s proud parents Doris and Bill Brown and many Rotarians from both the Sturbridge Rotary Club and the Brookfields Rotary Club and their guests.
Shown with the award is Rotary Secretary Linda Jowett-Zonia (left) and award recipient Lisa Meunier.