'Our reward ... is what we give to others'

Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker holds awards luncheon

Nick Puckett
npuckett@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 10/30/20

Sam Adams, the renowned Parker-area comedian and sports journalist, told a socially distanced crowd at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center Oct. 28 of his greatest achievement — as a …

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'Our reward ... is what we give to others'

Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker holds awards luncheon

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Sam Adams, the renowned Parker-area comedian and sports journalist, told a socially distanced crowd at the Parker Arts, Culture and Events Center Oct. 28 of his greatest achievement — as a 12-year-old sousaphone player.

Adams was a talented trumpeter when his music teacher assigned him the heavy, tuba-like instrument he knew nothing about. He eventually made all-city in his hometown of Cleveland playing the sousaphone in the high school marching band.

Adams delivered the keynote address to the annual awards banquet for the Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker Oct. 28, recognizing Parker-area residents who have made an impact in their community.

Adams encouraged his audience to think of the nomination as an award itself and urged them to see their work in the community as its own reward.

“Those of you who have been nominated today, what you've done has touched somebody in a way that they nominated you. And for that, you should be proud,” Adams said. “We get awards, and our reward isn't necessarily what's given to us, it's what we give to others.”

The Cherry Creek Valley Rotary Club of Parker Achievement Luncheon, originally scheduled to take place in April, was postponed to October due to COVID-19. Not every nominee attended. Those who did, with their families, wore masks and sat in socially distanced groups in the main theater of the PACE Center in downtown Parker.

The club honored 13 people with the CCVRC Light 'n' Heart Award. The award was divided into six categories, including “Young Woman/Man of Achievement,” “Achievement in Leadership,” “Achievement in Service to Others,” “Unsung Heroine/Hero” and “Achievement as a Non Profit Organization.” The ceremony ended with a special presentation for Chuck Vogel, the Parker man and dedicated volunteer who died in 2019 after being struck by a hit-and-run driver while riding his bike.

Adams, a 2019 inductee to the Denver Press Club Hall of Fame and a revered, no-profanity comedian, delivered the keynote address with lighthearted anecdotes about his life and words of gratitude to the room of Rotary nominees.

“For all of you who are being recognized for what you achieved, whether you received an award, or you received the reward for being nominated, remember. 'A' — keep making goals; and 'B' — continue to give to others,” Adams said. “The recognition will come, and even if you don't win an award, you'll always be remembered for what you did for others.”

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