2018-02-08 / News

‘Service Above Self’ Award given to Teresa Salem by the Flushing Rotary

By Sam Tunningley


[L-R] Rotary Club of Flushing President Jason Grindle, Teresa Salem and Service Above Self Coordinator Darwin Scherba. Salem received the Paul Harris Fellow Award and Service Above Self Award at last Thursday’s meeting. [L-R] Rotary Club of Flushing President Jason Grindle, Teresa Salem and Service Above Self Coordinator Darwin Scherba. Salem received the Paul Harris Fellow Award and Service Above Self Award at last Thursday’s meeting. FLUSHING – The Rotary Club of Flushing honors one citizen each year who has demonstrated exceptional dedication to the betterment of the community for all residents.

The award, which is named after the Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self,” was given this year to Teresa Salem, who has spent her years in City Council passionately advocating for preservation of the Riverview Trail.

Salem was also a recipient for the Paul Harris Fellow – an award which honors individuals who have donated over $1,000 to the Rotary – and recognized as 2016’s City Person of the Year by the Flushing Area Chamber of Commerce. All of the members of the Rotary cast a vote to nominate individuals for the Service Above Self Award and a committee votes on the most deserving name.

Darwin Scherba, a member of the committee and coordinator for the award, said they went with Salem above everyone else for her 20 years on the Flushing City Council and the work she was done for the trail system.

“Every time I walk the trail, I see friends and neighbors,” said Scherba. “I think it brings the community together.”

Beginning in 2016, Salem started online Patronicity fund to replace the wood on the trail’s boardwalk with composite materials and was able to exceed the initial goal of $50,000. The boardwalk renovations were finalized this year.

“This is quite an honor,” said Salem. “We don’t do this for the recognition – we do it because we love our community and we love Flushing.”

Salem retired from her seat on the City Council in November of last year, but she continues to be involved with the trail. She, along with City Manager Brad Barrett, offered an update on the trail system for the new year. Salem said her ultimate objective is for the trail to reach Seymour Elementary.

Salem began working for the city on the Flushing Planning Commission in 1997 before taking a seat on the council.

“It’s an award about people doing things that don’t just benefit themselves, but benefit people in the community. I think everything she’s done for our community over the years makes [Salem] a perfect recipient for this,” said Rotary President Jason Grindle.

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