Kapunda Rotary recognises Jacki

Rotarian David Hodge presents Jacki with her Vocational Excellence Award.
Rotarian David Hodge presents Jacki with her Vocational Excellence Award.

Kapunda Rotary has awarded North Kapunda Hotel manager Jacki Williams the Rotary Vocational Excellence Award in recognition for her outstanding work in her role.

The surprise award was presented to Jacki in the front bar of the hotel in front of Rotarians and partners, as well as other patrons.

In presenting the plaque, Rotarian David Hodge said Jacki was a worthy recipient of the award.

“The Rotary Club of Kapunda has observed Jacki in her role given that the hotel is our regular meeting place. At all times she exemplifies what good, courteous service should look like in a hotel,” he said.

“We have also noticed that her friendly, positive attitude extends to other patrons as well.” 

Mr Hodge also pointed out that it is some years since the club presented such an award and that it is only awarded to worthy recipients.

In responding, Jacki expressed her surprise in being acknowledged for her work.

“I am only doing my job,” she said.

“I enjoy my work and looking after customers.”

Tiani and David Leis, lessees of the North Kapunda Hotel, agreed Jacki was very much appreciated.

Ms Leis said Jacki went above and beyond what could normally be expected.

“She does an outstanding job as manager of the North,” she said.

“She is always putting herself last and everyone else first not only for us but also for the community.”

In addition to what might be normally expected of a hotel manager, Jacki is really keen to tell visitors about the interesting history of the hotel which includes the Kidman connection, first reading of the Riot Act in South Australia, Dr Blood and ghosts!

At the conclusion of the small ceremony, Jacki was given time off her duties (with her bosses’ permission) to join the Rotary club as their guest.