Local entrepreneur Jack Werner, a regular columnist for The City Sentinel, has received this year’s Lee DesChamps Award from the South Oklahoma City Rotary.
According to a release from the organization, “Few people exemplified the essence of Rotary better than Lee DesChamps, a kind and caring man deeply involved in his community, his church, and his Rotary club well into his ’90s. Lee was such a beacon to other Rotarians that the Lee DesChamps Award was created in his honor.”
The recognition is intended to highlight a member “who has carried on the character and actkions of Lee DesChambers by contributions to Rotary and the community.”
Werner led Rotary’s involvement in replacing the neglected and vandalized monument to Congressional Medal of Honor recipient Manuel Perez in Manuel Perez Park in Oklahoma City and for several years has hosted foreign students participating in the Rotary Wings program. Werner initiated a $10,000 fundraiser for the Veterans Center in Norman. Jack and each of his sons have served in the military. Jack served with the 4th Infantry Division, K Company, 75th Airborne Rangers for two tours in Vietnam.
In comments included in the Rotary release, Werner said, “A to Z Inspections has become a large commercial and residential inspection company, and that allows us to tackle issues and projects that we believe are important to our community. This year we plan on working with Teen emPower to help combat Oklahoma’s epidemic teen pregnancy rates.”
Jack has a construction degree from OSU and was Oklahoma’s first designated Master Inspector. He teaches inspections as well as courses for the Oklahoma State Home Builders.
For more information about Rotary International, contact Jack at 405/412-7861.