Rotary International
Cliff Dochterman Award

Award Information and Requirements

The Cliff Dochterman Award is an honor available to recognize an individual Rotarian or Rotaractor who acts as a role model and renders distinguished and dedicated service to Scouting through active service, leadership or other exemplary contributions to the Scout Association of his or her home country; or, internationally, to any WOSM or WAGGGS recognized Scouting Association.

A nominee for the Dochterman Award must be a Rotarian in good standing, nominated by a local Rotary Club, by the Governor of a Rotary District or by the International Chair of the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians (IFSR). The nominee need not be a registered member of any scout association to receive the award.

  • No more than one individual may be nominated by a local club per calendar year, except that where a Rotary Club continuously exceeds 50 members in any one year, one additional Rotarian or Rotaractor may be nominated by the club in that year. If the club nominates a Rotaractor, membership in that individual's Rotaract Club may be used to determine eligibility for a second nomination.
  • Rotary District Governors may nominate one Rotarian each year, in addition to nominations from the local clubs in his/her district.
  • The IFSR International Chair may nominate up to three Rotarians per year to receive the award.

In keeping with the objectives and principles of both Rotary and Scouting to encourage character development, leadership, citizenship and personal growth for youth, this award is presented to a qualified Rotarian who has displayed distinguished service and outstanding dedication to the program of Scouting through:

  1. Contributions to the character development, leadership, citizenship and personal growth of members of the scouting association through programs, training or organization;
  2. Assisting Rotary clubs in forming scouting units;
  3. Exemplifying the 4-Way Test;
  4. Recruiting and training volunteer scouting leaders; and
  5. Strengthening the relationship between Rotary and Scouting.

Work accomplishment and dedication, rather than a specific number of years in Scouting or Rotary, will be the major criteria for this award. The official nomination form (available from the IFSR Website by clicking here, or from the IFSR Executive Secretary (at P.O. Box 19982, San Diego, CA 92159-0982, USA. ) must be used and endorsed by: the Local or National Council (or District, depending on the country's organization) of the Scout Association, indicating that the nominee's service to scouting is genuine and fairly represented by the application; and by the President of the candidate's Rotary Club, or the Governor of his or her Rotary District, or the International Chair of the IFSR.

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