Will Arduino to be named Rotarian of the Year
March 10, 2009
When Will Arduino was growing up, his dad had one message about community service ” don’t talk about it, just do it.
Arduino brought that motto into his adult life.
On April 4, Arduino will be given the “Rotarian of the Year” award from the Winter Park/Fraser Valley Rotary Club for his years of community service. The ceremony will take place at Beavers Lodge and the public is invited.
When Arduino found out about the award, he was “stunned,” he said. “All I could say was thank you.”
Since the day he moved to Grand County in 2002, Arduino has been giving back.
He took early retirement from a career at Hewlett Packard in Fort Collins and took a job as a grant writer for the Grand County Rural Health Network.
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“I had been on the thumbs up/thumbs down side of the philanthropy program at Hewlett Packard,” Arduino said. “Being on the begging side was a shocking dose of perspective.”
The grant writing job plugged him into the non-profit community ” a connection he didn’t forget when he took a job at Wells Fargo Bank in Winter Park and later at Grand Mountain Bank in Granby.
“He’s very willing and able to connect people in the community to each other as needed,” said Jen Giacomini, Executive Director of the Grand County Rural Health Network. “He’s always thinking about his past connections as well.
“Anytime I express frustration about trouble I’m having, he starts putting the word out there to everybody he knows. He’s amazing like that.”
Though he dedicated much of his life to community service, it wasn’t until 2005 that Arduino joined his first service organization.
At Wells Fargo, Arduino had one “unforgettable customer,” he said. “Mike Muftic came into the bank all the time.”
Muftic took Arduino to Granby Rotary Club meetings and when a small group of people decided to start a Rotary Club in Winter Park in 2005, Arduino jumped on board as a charter member.
He has since served as the club’s treasurer and president.
“Rotary provides constant motivation to give back,” Arduino said.
One way he gives back is by giving his time to the Rural Health Network’s annual golf tournament.
“He volunteers every year,” Giacomini said. “He will do whatever and however much is asked.”
He also spent much of the past year fundraising to bring a translator for National Public Radio/KUNC into Grand County.
“(KUNC) was taking up a huge amount of his time,” Giacomini said. “Not to mention his job. On top of that, he was volunteering for our golf tournament, which was having a committee meeting every week.
“If I were to call him up today and say I need this done, do you know anyone? If he can’t find someone, he’ll volunteer himself.”
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