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McLean Rotarians honor restaurant owner

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Under the direction of president John McEvilly, the Rotary Club of McLean has bestowed its annual Dignity of Work award on George Kapetamakis of the McLean Family Restaurant.

The award, presented for 2022 at the club’s April 12 meeting, is designed to recognize and promote the outstanding people working in the McLean community. Rotary Club members nominate and then vote for individuals working in McLean who have impressed them with excellent customer service, courtesy, friendliness, dependability and integrity.

Kapetamakis has owned and operated McLean Family Restaurant for 45 years, since 1977. He greatly enjoys meeting and getting to know those who visit his restaurant. (He commented that he thought his most interesting guest was former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.)

Previous recipients of the Dignity of Work Award are Anita Shrestha, an employee of the Embassy Auto Wash in McLean, and Milka Taherian, an employee of the Chesterbrook Safeway.

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Rotary president McEvilly says that he came up with the idea for this award based on his own blue-collar background. He was raised on the north side of Chicago in a family of six children.

“I started making my own way starting at 10 years old delivering newspapers,” he said, and has worked continuously for the last 64 years.

McEvilly joined Rotary in 1994, and one of the things attracting him was the belief that “by contributing our vocational talents we can help solve the problems of society and meet the needs of the McLean community.”

“I finally had my chance when I became president of the McLean Rotary Club and could direct my club to initiate a program that honors local people whose daily efforts where they work help make McLean a better place to live,” he said.

The Rotary Club of McLean meets weekly for lunch in the Fellowship Hall of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1545 Chain Bridge Road in McLean. Members of other Rotary Clubs and those interested in learning about Rotary are always invited to attend.

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