Allen Kerr District 5950 Award

Allen Kerr, of Minnetonka, was presented with the Rotary District 5950 “Service Above Self Award” posthumously at the annual Rotary District 5950 Conference held April 19, 2013 at the Hotel Sofitel in Bloomington, Minnesota.

During the awards ceremony, Diann Kirby, District Governor Elect, read the following: "Minnetonka Rotarian Allen Kerr passed away peacefully in his sleep at 83 last September, after he and his wife Char celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with friends. Allen's entire life was devoted to serving humanity and helping others. ……… For decades, Allen promoted the Center For Citizen Initiatives, which worked with Rotary clubs and other organizations to promote cultural exchanges for Russian businesspeople coming to the U.S. to learn more about global business practices.”

“Several years ago, Allen became very enthused about Biosand Water Filters, which are a very effective way to provide safe, clean drinking water to low-income people living in developing nations. Allen, with his enthusiasm, spearheaded two large Rotary matching grant projects within District 5950, resulting in 900 Biosand Water Filters for Haitian migrant families living in the Dominican Republic. In early 2012, Allen, his wife Char, and several other people connected with the Minnetonka Rotary Club visited the site for this project in the Dominican Republic.”

“Even in his early 80s, Allen Kerr was still travelling the world, in addition to giving talks to Rotary clubs and other groups about humanitarian projects. He was the consummate Rotarian, giving of himself and serving humanity. It is with great pleasure that Rotary District 5950 posthumously presents the ‘Service Above Self Award’ to the family of Allen S. Kerr."

Three of Allen's 4 children (Betsy Hedding, Cindy Levesque, and Peg Ihinger) were there, and went up to the podium to accept the award. The crowd of several hundred people at the breakfast gave them a standing ovation, honoring Allen and his efforts.