Our Vision

Education champions should be recognized.

Dear Educators, Students and Community Members,

Education is a foundational component in the work all Rotarians do to make the world a better place. As part of that effort, the Lake Oswego Rotary Club believes in recognizing the incredible work of educators and strong supporters of education in our own community.

It is with great enthusiasm that the Lake Oswego Rotary Club announces the continuation of our program honoring educators and those supporting education. Titled “Service Above Self: Educational Excellence” (SASEE), the SASEE Awards program is our way of saying: “Thank you! We are acutely aware of the importance of your work and dedication to this community and we are so very proud of you all.”

The SASEE Awards program, first celebrated in 2017, is intended to recognize and honor four categories of individuals: 1) Teachers and Administrators; 2) Support Staff; 3) Students, and; 4) Citizens affiliated with both Lake Oswego public and private schools. The ideal nominee demonstrates a commitment to education through projects, activities and work that emphasize service above self, and inspires us to be better people.

Teachers/Administrators and Support Staff award recipients will be awarded $1,000 to apply toward their school or service activities. Student awardees will be awarded $1,000 to apply toward their school or service activity. A student scholarship of $2500 will be established in the name of each Citizen awardee to support the college education of a current high school student.

The SASEE Awards are based on exemplifying one or more of the following five criteria:

  1. Shows initiative, yet demonstrates selfless conduct toward others
  2. Inspires others to reach a high level of educational excellence and development
  3. Builds a strong sense of confidence, competence and citizenship in others
  4. Creates positive, results-driven impacts that leave a positive legacy
  5. Participates at a high level in extracurricular and school -related activities

We are seeking champions of education in our schools and community who deserve to be recognized and honored for their service. Finalists will be honored at our Service Above Self awards dinner.

All nominees will be carefully considered by a select panel of judges who will select those to whom awards will be given. Please note that our esteemed SASEE award winning alumni of 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 are not eligible to receive a SASEE award in the upcoming year.

Thank you for supporting this initiative to honor educators, students and community members who are making a valuable difference in education.

Brian Bice and Malcolm Mathes
Co-chairs, SASEE Awards Committee

“Service Above Self: Educational Excellence”