Recognized for his dedication and service, Dr. Jake Cambier was recently named the 2014-15 Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of Pendleton.
Cambier, who has lived in Pendleton since 1978, has been a member of the Pendleton Rotary Club for 23 years. In addition, he served as president of the club a few years ago.
A physician for more than 40 years, Camber spent 37 of those years as a diagnostic radiologist in Pendleton. Cambier said he is quite flattered to receive the award and to be involved with such a wonderful group of people in Rotary.
“Since retirement, I have been able to become more active as a volunteer in Rotary and have realized how many helpful, worthwhile people are a part of this valuable team in our community,” he said.
Mark Mulvihill, Pendleton Rotary president, said it was easy to choose Cambier for the award. Mulvihill said he has known, liked and respected his fellow Rotarian for more than 35 years.
When the award was presented last month, a fellow Rotary member described Cambier as “someone who embodies the term relationships — it is often overused when describing leaders, but our Rotarian truly personifies it. He is a charming, funny individual who forges positive interactions with everyone.”
“Jake makes me personally feel like I’m a better person than I probably am,” said Gwen Fjeld, executive secretary and membership chair, in expressing why he’s a deserving recipient of the recognition.
Rotary Club of Pendleton has more than 120 active members and locally supports Coats for Kids, Feed the Child and annual scholarships for area high school students. Rotary International has 1.2 million members in more than 200 countries who initiate humanitarian projects that address hunger, poverty, illiteracy and promote understanding among cultures. For more information, visit www.rotary.org.