Alton Walker Community Service Award
One of the great pleasures of being the immediate past President of the Rotary Club of Monterey is to Chair the Alton Walker Community Service Award Committee and to present the award.
Alton Walker (1904 - 1989) was born in 1904, the year before Rotary International was formed .
He was a member of this Club for 50 years, from 1939 until his death in 1989.
Alton’s interest and devotion was to his family, his airport, his church, his cars, and his Rotary Club.
He founded Del Monte Aviation, the Carmel Presbyterian Church and the founding Chairman of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. He was a noted car collector and showed many classic cars over the years.
The Alton Walker Cup was established by the Concours d’Elegance in 1988, the only person they have ever so honored.
As noted in his eulogy, Alton was wise without conceit, forceful without bombast, sensitive without weakness, and religious without prejudice.
He served this community well for those 50 years and our club established the Alton Walker Award in 1989.
The Recipient of this Award must have been a member of the Rotary Club of Monterey for at least 10 consecutive years.
The community service must have been performed while a member of the Club. And, an award may be presented posthumously to a Rotarian who died after March 1989.
The selection criteria are:
- The Recipient must have demonstrated commitment to the ideals, principles, and objectives of Rotary.
- The person must show pride and interest in our Club, its activities, members and their accomplishments.
- He or she must be known for an industrious character and possess a high level of integrity in both personal and business activities.
- He or she must be known for leadership in Rotary, business, and community activities.
- Lastly, he or she must be known as a Rotarian well recognized for community involvement.