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December 30, 2009 > Gene Schwab Awards

Gene Schwab Awards

Submitted By Frank De Smidt
Photos By Bill Cilker

Milpitas Rotary Club and the City of Milpitas will sponsor the 15th Annual Gene Schwab Memorial Awards Luncheon to recognize city employees who provide exceptional service to the community with outstanding dedication and performance.

The 2010 Gene Schwab "Service Above Self" honoree is Noel Jackson, a Street Maintenance Program Coordinator in Public Works.

Nominees are Cinda Dye (Parks & Recreation), Kimberly Hagan and Levine Visico (Police), Gary King and Mike Mariano (Building and Safety), Minh Luu (Information Services) and Janice Sumabat (Finance).

Gene Schwab was a local resident and city employee for more than 25 years. His career began on the city's maintenance crew in 1958. Continuing education at Santa Clara University enabled him to become Milpitas' first Finance Director, a post in which he served for 11 years. He was recognized nationally for the city's management of more than $11M in assets.

He retired in 1985 and moved to a 400-acre family farm in Oklahoma. Five years later, the city re-hired him as an investment consultant.

Schwab was heavily involved with the Milpitas Rotary Club and other community activities and well-regarded for his positive attitude and love for his family. He was a fair and conscientious man and, in 1995, Milpitas Rotary Club established this award in honor of his life and tradition of integrity and commitment to the concept of "Service Above Self" that he exemplified.

Regular full-time and part-time employees, other than heads of department and division, may be nominated. Nominees may work in any city department and may be nominated by any city employee. Nominees should exemplify outstanding performance and dedication to the city organization and to the wider Milpitas community.

The nominee's overall work and commitment to the city should demonstrate the Rotary Club's standard of "Service Above Self." Outstanding leadership, initiative and responsibility, exemplary customer service, innovation and creativity and volunteering for the community are some of the qualities considered as part of the selection process.

Any employee may nominate another employee but may only submit one nomination. The nominator must be specific in describing the nominee's qualities and accomplishments with examples, where possible.

A selection committee, consisting of previous Gene Schwab Award winners and Rotary Club representatives, reviews nominations and selects the award winner whose name will be displayed in perpetuity in City Hall.

The recipient, their guest and nominees will be honored at the Gene Schwab Memorial "Service Above Self" Luncheon on Monday, January 25, 2010 at 12 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 901 E. Calaveras Boulevard, Milpitas.

For more information and to advise how many people will attend, contact Frank De Smidt on (408) 263 3474 or (408) 582 3342. Lunch is $18 at the door.

Gene Schwab Memorial "Service Above Self" Luncheon
Monday, January 25, 2010
12 p.m
Embassy Suites Hotel
901 E. Calaveras Boulevard, Milpitas
(408) 263 3474 or (408) 582 3342

$18 per person

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