We will recognize the Top Ten Clubs in each of three categories: Membership Growth; Foundation Giving; End Polio Now.
The intent behind this is to recognize those Clubs that are growing and giving.  These are the main focuses for Rotary International.  The more members we have and the more funds we raise, the more projects we can do and the more people get served.  The more we give to End Polio Now, the greater the chance that we WILL End Polio Now!
In order to be eligible for this recognition, you must have at least one member of your Club attend a District event that is held during the 2023-2024 Rotary year.  With District Conference and other District Training events, everyone will have a chance to check that off.
Click here to see the rankings as of October. Congratulations to those in the lead, but remember there is a lot of year left!!
A big shout out to the Rotary Club of Omaha!  You are the only Club in the Top Ten in all three!!


The Golden Wheel Awards were developed as part of the District action plan to increase Rotary’s impact and visibility in our communities.  Golden Wheel Awardees from all 39 clubs are recognized at the District Conference dinner.  
Golden Wheel Awards - District Guidelines and Criteria - click here
Golden Wheel Awards - Club Nominations Form - click here (this is a sample, your club can use whatever process you wish to select your awardee)
This is a great way to say “thank you” to a community leader or partner or to honor a community leader with the prospect of becoming a future Rotarian.  Each club will have a different reason for selecting their non-Rotarian Golden Wheel Awardee.


This award is managed by a special committee of The Council of Governors.  Information and forms are found using the links on the left. The deadline is established annually to coincide with the date of the District Conference and Council of Governors meetings.



The Rotary Foundation has created awards with very specific criteria.  Because of the limited eligibility, nominations are not generally accepted for these awards; instead they are recommended by current and past District Foundation Committee Members.


District 5650 will be requesting nominations for other Rotary International and District level awards. Rotary International Level Awards (other than the Rotary Citation) are managed through the District 5650 Awards Committee - nominations are not submitted directly to Rotary International.
Click the links to view the nomination forms which include the award criteria. The list below is in chronological order of nomination / criteria due date.
Direct information and questions to the District 5650 Awards Chair at unless otherwise noted.
Due to District
Nomination Process 

Significant Service Award

Recognize a club whose project has addressed
a significant need in your community.
(recognize significant projects)
Clubs Nominate to District 
District Conference Presentation

Excellence in Service to Humanity

Recognizes non-Rotarians, including partners
and spouses of Rotarians, who have
demonstrated exemplary humanitarian service
through Rotary.
Clubs Nominate to District
District Conference Presentation

Cadwallader Award

This Award is managed by the
Council of Governors - not the 
District Awards Committee. There
is a brief description below - see
details on the left of this page.

Service Above Self Award

(Rotary's highest honor to members)
Clubs Nominate to District 
District Conference Presentation
ongoing with
6/30 final

Rotary Citation  

Online Tracking thru Club Central 
Delivered to clubs in the Fall

Avenues of Service Citation 

(recognize members)
Clubs Submit Directly to Rotary International 
Club Level Presentation
(Form and Process Under Review)