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VC instructor receives Rotary service award

April 3, 2010 at 8:05 p.m.
Updated April 2, 2010 at 11:03 p.m.


Jo Anne Settles, professor of nursing at The Victoria College, recently received an award from Rotary International for "Service Above Self."

Past District Governor Russell Cain nominated Settles for the award for her tireless work to promote polio awareness and aid in Rotary International's efforts to eliminate polio globally. The Service Above Self award is given to a maximum of 150 people worldwide each year.

Settles joined the Rotary Club of Victoria Sunrise in 1997, although she had been working with her husband, Billy Settles, in Rotary International long before then. She served as president of the Sunrise Club from 2003 until 2004 and is currently the assistant governor for District 5930.

Her involvement in a broad spectrum of charitable projects, activities and events in this community and throughout the world prompted Cain to nominate Settles for this award.

She has contributed to a number of Rotary programs in her district and in others. She is a Paul Harris Fellow and a Rotary benefactor and Major Donor.

She has been associated with numerous activities with the United Methodist Church and supports various school sporting events and citizenship programs.

She is also involved with Boy Scouts and Little League where she is ready to lend a hand with admissions and concessions when needed.

Settles frequently gives presentations to help raise polio awareness for various community and civic organizations, church groups, school science clubs or to other Rotary clubs.

She and her husband participated in National Immunization Day in Ahmedabad, India in 2003, worked with orphanages in northern Mexico and traveled to Guatemala to help feed starving children.

She has also been a steadfast advocate for literacy programs throughout the world and has contributed by collecting and donating books to literacy and education programs in Africa and creating the Victoria Books and Babies project.

As a nursing professional, Settles routinely puts her training, expertise, compassion and resources to use assisting those in need and has shown unswerving devotion to helping eradicate childhood disease.

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