Past District Governor Danny Messersmith received Rotary International's most prestigious award, the "Service Above Self Award," during this year's district conference held May 12-14 in Prescott, Arizona.
A leader in his community, Rotary club and at the district level, Danny’s efforts over the years have touched and changed lives. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Kingman, Route 66.
In presenting the award, District Governor Bret McKeand said, "as district governor, Danny was a superb motivator and mentor, inspiring Rotarians to focus on service over self and helping others. He embodies the Four-Way Test and Object of Rotary."
Dan served as The Rotary Vocational Fund of Arizona Grant Application Processor for 11 years, and president from 2018 to 2020. During his tenure, 734 students benefited from $1,229,601.82 in vocational education grants. The processing improvements Dan put in place have resulted in a marked expansion of the reach of the organization, with year over year increases since the online process was implemented.
During his year as DG in 2016-17, Dan continued to process grants for TRVFA. His exposure to clubs during his DG year provided an opportunity to promote TRVFA. The number of students served more than doubled the following year.
Danny Messersmith is many things. A Navy veteran (3 tours in Vietnam), retired college campus Dean, a historian of some regard (a past board member and vice president of the Arizona Historical Society), not to mention his long-standing leadership with the Mohave County historical community.  
He is an accomplished author of 4 books, and he is an avid outdoorsman who loves nothing more than sitting around a campfire in remote parts of Arizona.  He has been a community leader in Kingman for decades.   He is a husband of 45 years to wife Janis, a father and a grandfather.  But of all these, we know him mostly as a Rotarian, a friend, and a leader who will always do his best to support his club and the District.
Danny Messersmith receives the Service Above Self Award from President's Rep Nabil Oudeh during the 2022 District 5495 Conference.