2013 MAN OF THE YEAR
Rev. Dr. George K. Logan
Love and laughter filled the room as the venerable Rotary Club of Morganton honored its Man of the Year 2013 recipient — the Rev. Dr. George K. Logan — at the Community House on Friday night. Friends, family, club members, past recipients and local leaders convened to recognize Logan — pastor at New Day Christian Church in Morganton — for his outstanding commitment to service.
Logan and his wife Kim were welcomed with a standing ovation to the banquet, and the wall-to-wall crowd was filled with smiling faces and people who have witnessed first-hand Logan’s love for the community. RCM President David Rust said that Logan was selected as Man of the Year because he exemplifies the pillars on which the club stands — a spirit of giving and dedication to changing lives.
The Rev. David Doster, pastor of Burke Community Bible Church and longtime friend of the Logan family, took to the podium to honor his friend and colleague. Doster said that Logan is a strong and compassionate leader who serves his community well.
“In a day where there seems to be, in so many ways, a dearth of leadership across this country … it is especially refreshing to see those raised up … who provide vision, heart, passion, energy,” said Doster. “This opportunity is a great way for us to esteem individuals who live according to transcended truth and exhibit the kind of character and virtue that pierces much of the cynicism of our day.”
Doster said that he, like many others, has been inspired by Logan’s relentless faith since the first time they met, and that Logan’s ability to change lives in all aspects of the community is extraordinary.
“George Logan manifests a unique capability … a grace, perhaps … that enables him to navigate in a myriad of settings — from the basketball court, to the boardroom, to classrooms, to prison halls, to college campuses,” said Doster. “But one of the things that is core in all of that, is his love for people that flows out of his love for his Lord.”
After working with the family to comprise a resumé of Logan’s contributions to the community over the past two decades, Doster said he was overwhelmed by the level of service that his friend has exhibited.
“We decided to ferret out all the different ways, all the different avenues, all the different endeavors that George Logan has been a part of over the last 20 years, and it was remarkable," said Doster. “It was expansive in that it touched virtually every segment of our community.”
Doster said that their friendship has allowed him to see the impact that Logan has had on the lives of so many people, and that Logan’s compassion reminds him of an excerpt from Booker T. Washington’s autobiography.
Rotarians, friends honor faithful leader for service
“Washington said, ‘those who are the happiest are those who do the most for others,’” said Doster. “When I think of George Logan, I think there’s a resonance there … between that statement and what I’m seeing in my friend’s life.
“[Washington also said] there are two ways to assert one’s strength — one is pushing down, and the other is pulling up … If you have a meaningful relationship with George Logan, then chances are great that you’ve been a beneficiary of being pulled up.”
Logan’s sister, Naomi Smith, then stood before the crowd to share her perspective on Logan’s influence within and outside of his church.
“There is not a person in our church and in this ministry who could find a person who is more sensitive and giving and full of compassion for the people of NDCC,” said Smith. “But it doesn’t just stop at the people of NDCC … it extends to this community.”
Smith said she is grateful that NDCC and all of Morganton have embraced the Logan family.
“The personality of the church has taken on the personality of this man. When he first came here, he shared that he wanted to be a catalyst … for unity,” Smith said. “When I look across this room, I really see … not a divided community, but a community that is unified. A community that has come together to honor George Logan, and that is deeply precious. Because of God’s hand on his life, God has honored him.”
Despite his extensive list of accomplishments, Smith said it is Logan’s relationship with God that made him worthy of receiving the Man of the Year recognition.
“You can find people who do a lot. But [what he does is] truly out of a heart that is committed to the Lord God almighty,” she said. “Everything that comes to him in terms of attention, he wants to deflect it off of him … and send it to God, and say it’s only because of Him.
“Truly, he has a heart for people. He is full of compassion, and he has a heart for unity of this community and beyond. He has a heart for people to be together and to be one. I think he is an outstanding selection for the man of the year.”
Smith shared a poem called “The Way” with the audience — one that she said exemplifies her brother’s life. The poem reads:
“When the outstanding man hears of the way, he follows it diligently. When the average man hears of the way, he thinks of it one moment and forgets it the next. When the lazy man hears of the way, he laughs out loud. If he did not laugh, it would not be the way.” Because he followed the way of Jesus Christ, Smith said Logan is an outstanding man.
At the end of the evening, a humbled Logan stood before the audience and gave thanks for his family and loved ones.
“This is a beautiful watch that I have on … and it works well, but the face of it is not the watch. It’s what’s on the inside of it that makes it a beautiful, wonderful system,” said Logan. “I may be the face … but everyone has put something into my life, and I have a tremendous debt of love to them.
Receiving recognition for his leadership and service has helped Logan better understand the grace of God, he said.
“The parts that you see in me that are good, it’s because of God … flowing through me. I really understand what grace is — unmerited favor,” said Logan. “It makes the person who receives it very humble, because they know they did nothing to receive it. It’s nothing that I’ve done … it’s grace flowing through me.”
Logan said he is honored and grateful to receive the Man of the Year recognition, but that he owes all of the glory to God.
“The Bible said, ‘let those who boast, boast in the Lord,’” he said. “So I just want to give a big high-five to God.”
For more information on the Logan family and New Day Christian Church, visit www.newdaycc.com.