2015 Vocational Service Award

On August 19, Dr. Tom Rose was presented with Metro Rotary’s annual Vocational Service Award.


Dr. Tom Rose


Dr. Rose is the managing partner and owner of Rolling Hills Veterinary Hospital.  A graduate of the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine, he specializes in internal medicine and reproduction.  Outside of work, he as been very involved in public education on the state and local levels.  In 2013, he was named Missouri’s Child Advocate of the Year.  He has served tirelessly on Metro’s Partner in Education Committee since its inception, and he served many years on the Board of Education for the Columbia Public Schools.  In addition, Dr. Rose is an active member of the Newman Center where he has served as high school confirmation coordinator with his wife for over 15 years.  He has served in leadership roles on boards for First Chance for Children, Community Nursery School, Columbia Chamber of Commerce, and Columbia Board of Health.  In addition to his service on the Columbia Board of Education, Dr. Rose served as a Stand By Me mentor, and he oversaw the Partner in Education relationship his business had with Mill Creek Elementary School.

He is an excellent example of a Rotarian who lives life according to The Four Way Test.  His loyalty to his family, friends, and colleagues is never doubted.  Dr. Rose has been an active member of Metro Rotary since 2002.  A multiple Paul Harris Fellow, he served on our Board of Directors from 2005-2008.  In addition, he has been an integral part of our successful Trivia Night each year.

Previous winners of the Metro Rotary Vocational Services Award have included Robert Ross, Jr., Officer Shelley Jones, Mike Hood, Robyn Kauffman, Steve Sapp, Sheriff Ted Boehm, Judge Christine Carpenter, Mayor Darwin Hindman, Captain Brad Nelson, Don Laird, Karen Taylor, Bill Watkins, Phil Steinhaus, Dr. Eryca Neville and Sarah Read.

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