Steve Butler is this Year’s Dan Reed Award Recipient

If anyone deserves the title Chairman, it’s Steve Butler. 

Steve Butler (Photo by Jim Cathorne, Camera1)

He has more chairmanships than anyone I have ever heard of.  Most of those chairmanships are for civic and social organizations. And I am sure that’s why he was chosen as this year’s winner of the Dan Reed Rotary Award for Service Above Self.  The award,  named after former Rotary Club of Columbus Secretary Dan Reed,  is given each year to a non-Rotarian for selfless service to community. 

 Steve Butler works, not only as Chairman of the W.C. Bradley Company, but as a contributor to the welfare of his community. 

Now, he is Chairman of Brookstone School, the Pastoral Institute, and Strategic Planning for St. Francis Hospital.  which is undergoing its largest expansion. His parents, Dr. Clarence and Mrs. Butler, were very active supporters of St. Francis.  

He just stepped down as Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Bradley-Turner Foundation.  Abbott Turner, Bill Turner’s youngest son, is now filling that position.

Steve was also Chairman of United Way, Columbus State University Foundation, Columbus Chamber of Commerce, Columbus ’96, Columbus Sports Council, and the Administrative Board of St. Luke United Methodist Church where he teaches Sunday school.  That’s apparently a family tradition because Bill Turner, his philanthropic uncle,  taught a class there for many years.

During a video presentation announcing his winning the Dan Reed Award, Robert Granger, President/CEO of St. Francis Hospital, who nominated Steve, said that he had been instrumental in facilitating the hospital’s largest-ever expansion, “Steve never seeks the spotlight. He is a humble leader who provides strong leadership.”

Brookstone School Headmaster Brian Kennerly said, “He embodies Service Above Self as he clearly keeps an eye on the people he is leading as he paves the way for the organization.”

 Ron King, Executive Director and CEO of the Pastoral Institute, said, “Steve Butler is a compassionate, committed, community leader that calls forth the best from all around him.”

His pastor, Hal Brady of St. Luke United Methodist Church, said, “I cannot think of a better nomination for the Dan Reed Award than Steve Butler. Steve is a choice servant leader who lives out the Rotary motto Service Above Self in his life, church, community and commitment.”


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