VINELAND ROTARY HONORS ART BARUFFI WITH VOCATIONAL SERVICE AWARD

The Vineland Rotary Club’s Vocational Service Award recipient for 2018, Arthur Baruffi, Sr. (left), is presented with a plaque recognizing his contributions to his profession and his community by Ed Morvay, the club’s Membership Director. PHOTO BY JAY PARKS.

Arthur Baruffi Sr., a pillar of the Vineland community, recently received the highest honor bestowed upon a non-club member by the Rotary Club of Vineland. Baruffi was presented with the Rotary Club’s Vocational Service Award in recognition of his ongoing volunteer efforts to run the Construction Ministry for the Living Faith Alliance Church in Vineland.

Since 1985, the Rotary Club of Vineland has been recognizing a Vineland-area citizen who has shown exceptional dedication to his or her profession or vocation. Since that time, the list of recipients of the Annual Vocational Service Award reads like a Who’s Who of the Vineland area. Baruffi was presented with the award during a special luncheon held at the Ramada of Vineland.

“Vineland Rotary is pleased to honor a truly outstanding example of ‘Service Above Self’,” said Vineland Rotary Club President Maureen Simmons in reference to the Rotary motto. “Art Baruffi is an inspiration to our community. He stands among the giants of our community who have been so honored in 33 years of Vocational Service Awards by the club.”

“The journey of life is not simply finding purpose; It’s about finding completeness,” said Arthur Baruffi, Sr. The Construction Ministry he oversees for the LFA Church does construction work for people in need, including yard cleanups, demolition, house painting, simple roofing and building handicap ramps.

Baruffi says he “felt the call” to help after Hurricane Katrina and, with his background in the construction business, he (and his wife, Pat) traveled to Waveland, Mississippi in 2006. He lived there for more than a year, running a construction home repair ministry for hurricane victims. Back in southern New Jersey, he has continued the volunteer work, along with some 200 members of the LFA Church, for those in need here. Art exemplifies the true meaning of Vocational Service.

Rotary is an international organization of more than 1.2 million business, professional, and community leaders. There are 33,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Clubs are nonpolitical, nonreligious, and open to all cultures, races, and creeds. With approximately 80 members, the Vineland Club is one of the largest in Rotary District 7505, which encompasses central and southern New Jersey.

The Vineland organization meets on Tuesdays at 12:10 p.m. at the Ramada. For more information, visit www.vinelandrotary.com or email the club at info@vinelandrotary.com.