Rotary Club honors local executives

Diane Schwenke
Jeff Kuhr
Merritt Kinsey

Diane Schwenke, president and chief executive officer of the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, and Jeff Kuhr, executive director of Mesa County Public Health, have been recognized for their efforts to address the economic and health effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

The Rotary Club of Grand Junction also named Merritt Kinsey as its Rotarian of the Year for his contributions to the organization and community.

The club presented Schwenke and Kuhr with its Service Above Self Award, the highest honor the organization bestows.

“We have all experienced and are experiencing the extreme challenges that this pandemic has brought upon us. We have been blessed to have our two recipients of this year’s award manning their posts and going above and beyond to address the health and economic issues thrust upon us,” said Peter Booth, club president.

Kinsey, chairman of the board of WSI Global, was honored for his contributions as a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Junction since 1980. He has served as club president, Rotary International annual fund chairman and a major Rotary Foundation donor. As a member of the King N’ Trio musical group, he’s performed in benefit concerts for Rotary and other community organizations.

“Year in and year out, no matter the project or program, you always see Merritt pitching in and often leading the way,” Booth said.