The ASIS Foundation’s Donor of Distinction Award was presented at Tuesday’s luncheon to Joseph L. Rector, CPP, PCI, PSP. Rector serves as the deputy director for the 11th Security Forces Group at Andrews Air Force Base.
Rector has been an ASIS International member since 2002 and a CSO Roundtable member since 2009. Throughout that time, he has served in many roles on the ASIS Military Liaison Council (MLC) and is in his second year as council chair.
Under Rector’s leadership, the council established a scholarship program with the Foundation to fund the cost of certification for members of the active-duty military—a cost not covered under the GI bill in the United States or under any other military organization worldwide. Last year, the scholarship enabled three servicemen to pursue a certification.
The MLC has raised almost $7,000 to fund the scholarships since 2012 and will be able to award four scholarships this year. The program also provides each scholarship winner with an ASIS member to serve as a mentor and to provide support through the certification process.
Rector has been an active participant in the MLC fundraiser that makes cigars available at seminar and exhibits events for a donation. He secured the donation of cigars and supplies for this effort, which has raised more than $16,500 since 2010.
Rector is also a tireless presence at the Foundation’s golf tournament and at any other venue that provides an opportunity to match donors with worthy causes that benefit servicemen and women.
While these efforts would be outstanding by themselves, Rector’s lifetime giving has earned him a place in the Foundation President’s Club whose members commit more than $1,000 annually toward scholarships, awards, and research for the security profession. A consummate philanthropist, Rector is also the largest single donor to the MLC Scholarship fund that he helped establish.