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Edmond Rotary honors YMCA director

Mike Roark was given the George Mikesell Award
By Carol Hartzog, For The Oklahoman Published: July 12, 2014
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— YMCA Executive Director Mike Roark received the top honor from Edmond Rotary Club at its recent annual banquet — the “George Mikesell Award” — for demonstrating the Rotary principles of truthfulness, fairness, benevolence and goodwill.

Roark was described as instrumental in bringing together the city of Edmond and Edmond Public Schools, along with the YMCA, in building the recently opened Recreation and Aquatics Center at Mitch Park. He is a 10-year mentor for the Executive Preparatory Institute to work with current and future YMCA executives nationally, and has been Association of YMCA Professionals’ “Director of the Year” twice.

He is a YMCA coach and a member of Crossings Community Church with his wife and two children, where the couple teach Sunday school for fifth- and sixth-graders. He is on the board of directors of the Edmond Character Council and is a graduate of Duncan High School and Cameron University.

Local attorney Jay Buxton was selected as the organization’s new president, succeeding Daniel Chavez, local insurance representative, who remains on the Rotary Board as immediate past president.

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