At the District Conference of Clubs in April, 2022, District 6630 Governor Larry Lohman presented the Richard C. "Dick" Pitcher Award to Akron Rotarian PDG John Reyes.
This prestigious award recognizes one individual annually in District 6630 who goes above and beyond to support our Youth Services Programs through their time, talents and service.
During his tenure as District Governor, Reyes, an attorney with Buckingham Doolittle & Burroughs, recognized a need in the District for a district-wide Youth Protection Program. ​​​​​​
​This was no small undertaking.  Reyes has dedicated hundreds of hours of his personal time researching, developing and implementing the Youth Protection Policies and Procedures (YPP) plan for the District and its clubs.
He organized a strong committee of Rotarians to help ensure every aspect of the program is designed to make every reasonable effort to ensure that no Rotarian or other participant is subjected to physical, sexual, or emotional abuse in the context of Rotary activities. 
Strong support and effective management of youth programs throughout the District are essential to ensuring that all youth protection policies, including RI policies, and local laws and regulations, are followed. All district, club level volunteers and program officers have received training to ensure they understand Rotary and District 6630 policies and procedures.  
Congratulations PDG Reyes  - and thank you for your amazing dedication.
Photo L-R:
Chelsea Talty, RC of Chesterland, District Interact Chair
John Reyes, Past District 6630 Governor, RC of Akron
Larry Lohman, District Governor, RC of Kent