On May 6, the Rotary Club of Oakville Trafalgar received notice that the club had been granted the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians Youth Service Award as a result of an article published in the March 15, Oakville News.
Presenting the award to Lauri Asikainen is President Cliff Thompson. Cliff stated, "This recognizes one of Rotary's Avenue of Service, Generation Youth".
Lauri's initiative to involve Oakville's 16th Scout Troop in building birdhouses created a fundraiser for the Scouts. Initially, Rotary started the project as an environmental project as well as a fundraiser for Rotary.
Lauri Asikainen, incoming president and chair of the club's Environment Committee, accepted the award on behalf of the volunteers who put the initial birdhouses together; he thanked Herb Shroeder for the use of his workshop to assemble the birdhouses and PCM, that donated the wood that was used to build them.
The IFSR (International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians) is a Rotary Fellowship promoting service to youth through Scouting and Guiding. IFSR is composed of over a thousand Rotarians in 45 countries that work to promote Scouting and Guiding through their membership in Rotary.