During our Wednesday luncheon meeting on March 4th, 2020, Bob Buchanan presented Sue Beutler with our club’s Emeritus Award. Read his presentation below.
President Rosemarie and fellow Rotarians; what an honor to present Dr. Suzanne Beutler with our Club’s Emeritus Award.
Sue’s life has been one of service to others. During World War II when Sue was a teenager, she sold war bonds and won an award for the greatest number of bond sales.
Sue moved from Cincinnati to Ann Arbor in 1956; almost immediately volunteered at the Ypsilanti State Hospital, working with psychiatric patients.
Sue’s experience with young children led to a teaching career in the Ann Arbor schools where she received several Outstanding Teacher of the Year awards. Some of her teaching became legendary, such as organizing parent classroom volunteers, making home visits to her students, a remarkable innovation. Teaching stimulated her intellect to earn a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan School of Education. As a result, she has published a number of articles in refereed education journals about teaching reading and writing, based on her own research. In addition, she mentored a number of student teachers so can be described as “The teacher’s teacher.”
After retiring from teaching, Sue earned a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts in painting. Her art work has been displayed in several juried exhibits as well as at the Ann Arbor Art Fair along with Fred’s photography. She volunteered at the Turner Senior Center to initiate art activities for memory care individuals.
As a churchperson, Sue served as a First Presbyterian Church Deacon for 8 years, was on Session as an Elder for 3 years, also sang in the Chancel Choir until recently. Sue and Fred have been married for 51 years.
Sue joined our Rotary Club. Sue mentoring a number of STRIVE scholarship winners, participated in the International Humanitarian Projects Committee, made visits to projects to Brazil, Mexico, India and Guatemala. Her Rotary service was recognized with a Distinguished Service Award in 2015. Sue also earned several Paul Harris awards.
She may not tell you that she is excellent at tennis, a superb small sailboat racer.
Sue has unselfishly served others with a warm smile and calm demeanor.
A life well-lived; good job, Sue.