WINTER PARK — The Rotary Club of Winter Park-Fraser Valley has named the married duo of Kim Linin and Rich Devlin as the 2013 recipient of the Michael Muftic Service Above Self Award.
Linin and Devlin will be recognized for their tireless efforts on their two passions: protecting children and stopping the scourge of domestic violence. The couple moved from Kansas City to Grand County in 2006.
“We work on things together as a team,” the couple said in statements. “One of us takes the lead and the other helps out behind the scenes. We’ve been very fortunate in our lives; we’re trying to give others the opportunity for safe, rewarding lives.”
Linin was instrumental in bringing CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) to Grand County and currently serves as board president for Northwest Rocky Mountain CASA, the multi-county, volunteer-based nonprofit that serves as the voice of abused or neglected children in court proceedings. She has also served as a crisis line volunteer for Advocates for a Violence-Free Community and on the Fraser Town Board.
Devlin served as board president of Advocates and was instrumental in the opening of Sprout House, the place where women and children of domestic violence can start rebuilding their lives. He was the founding member of Grand County Men Against Domestic Violence. He also had a pro bono law office in Winter Park for several years, providing free legal services to the disadvantaged in the county.
In her spare time, Linin is pursuing a degree in Interior Design from The Art Institute of Colorado. Devlin is trying his hand at creative writing.
The Service Above Self award is named in honor of Dr. Michael Muftic, of Winter Park, for his humanitarian work around the world. He is a member of the Denver Rotary Club and was named Rotarian of the year there in 1999. He is also an honorary member of the Winter Park-Fraser Valley club and is known for his many generous contributions to the community in the Fraser Valley, most notably with the 9 Health Fair and National Sports Center for the Disabled.
Past recipients of the award include Ron Nelson, Mark Johnson, Kirk Klancke, Lurleen Underbrink Curran, Steve Radcliffe and Gary DeFrange.