The intent behind the Awards and Recognition Program is to make sure our awards and recognition are aimed to match The Rotary International Action Plan and our District Goals.
Recognition for Impact —
Sustainability Projects 
Legacy Projects 
Environmental Projects
Fundraising - creativity and effective outcome
Polio - fundraising and awareness
Local Grant
Global Grant
Guidelines for Increase Our Impact
• Eradicate polio and leverage the legacy
• Focus our programs and offerings
• Improve our ability to achieve and measure impact
Recognition for Increase Our Ability to Adapt—
Creation of innovative club models
Clubs that have created a five-year plan
Restructured traditional club operations 
Integrated hybrid meetings and programs
Guidelines for Increase Our Ability To Adapt
• Build a culture of research, innovation, and willingness to take risks
• Streamline governance, structure, and processes
• Review governance to foster more diverse perspectives in decision-making
Recognition for Expanding Our Reach —
Diversity and Inclusion 
Creation of a community based Rotaract Club
Public Image Campaign
Video Showcasing club project - 2020-21 Theme “Rotary Opens Opportunity” 
    (to be decided on by all district members at 2021 District Conference)
Guidelines for Expanding Our Reach
• Grow and diversify our membership and participation
• Create new channels into Rotary
• Increase Rotary’s openness and appeal 
• Build awareness of our impact and brand
Recognition for Enhance Participant Engagement —
Membership Retention
Membership Growth
Club Collaboration
Individual member for the most classes taken in the RI Learning Center
Club innovative after hours or business networking
Vibrant Club Strategy 
Guidelines for Enhance Participant Engagement
• Support club to better engage their members
• Develop a participant-centered approach to deliver value
• Offer new opportunities for personal and professional connection
• Provide leadership development and skills training
These new categories are designed intentionally so that you can be creative and think outside the box, - this is NOT a point system award. There will also be a special recognition of excellence for any clubs that have a project, event, etc. in each of the four areas.


The new Golden Wheel Awards were developed as part of the District action plan to increase Rotary’s impact and visibility in our communities.  GW Awardees from all 39 clubs will be recognized at the 2022 District Conference dinner on Saturday night, April 1, at Innovation Campus in Lincoln.  
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.  Selections are due February 1.


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
in accord with Rotary’s ideals.
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 Under Review)