The Rotary Club of Woonsocket announces Robert ("Rob") Pilkington Ed.D as the recipient of the 2011 Vocational Service Award recipient. The award will be presented on Thursday, March 24, 2011 at Savini's Restaurant in Woonsocket.
The Vocational Service Award presented by the Rotary Club of Woonsocket is the banner by which Rotarians recognize the worthiness of all occupations and demonstrates a commitment to high ethical standards in all business and professions. This awards the dignity of employment by honoring the exemplary service of an outstanding individual or business in our community. Dr. Pilkington has been a mentor, model, and example of these high standards of Rotary to hundreds of young people in this community.

Dr. Pilkington has been a primary force in the establishment and growth of Charter Schools in R.I. as Founder, Past President and advisor to the Board of the Rhode Island League of Charter Schools, and the Beacon Charter School for the Arts in Woonsocket, as Principal/Superintendent since August 2005. He has also been involved with the development of the Advocacy for the Middle College Model Charter Schools, and currently "Rhode Island Nurses Institute" integrating health care pathway for BSN program enrollment and graduation.

The Beacon Charter High School provides area youth with quality opportunities to pursue and develop talents and skills in the arts. Statewide, Dr. Pilkington's advocacy and guidance has enabled the charter school movement to raise standards of quality and offer wide choices and opportunities for students.