Nelson Zide, a Realtor in the Framingham office of ERA Key, has been named Rotarian of the Year by the Rotary Club of Framingham.
The award is presented to members in good standing based on their involvement with the organization, community activities and ethics.
A Rotarian for more than 20 years, Zide has played Santa Claus for many years, providing gifts to children enrolled in Headstart. He has volunteered at Rotary craft shows and at MetroFest, which is held annually by the MetroWest Visitors Bureau.
This year, he organized the popular Duck Pluck, which awards prizes to participating children. He also helped organize Habitat for Humanity’s Playhouse Project, which provides playhouses for veterans’ families, and he volunteered at the annual Rotary carnival. He also volunteered at this year’s Reality Fair, which helps provide high school students with life skills.
He also serves on the club’s Education Committee, which this year provided $60,000 in scholarships to 15 area students.
“I was surprised and honored to be chosen for this award,” Nelson said. “I’m proud of the award, because of the good work that Rotary does to help the communities it serves. Rotary’s good deeds range from helping to eradicate polio to providing scholarships, cleaning parks, building playgrounds and feeding the needy.”
In addition to selling more than 1,000 homes as a Realtor in the Framingham office of ERA Key for many years, Zide has served as a principal and manager at ERA Key. He has presented to and trained other real estate agents throughout the country, and written books about real estate selling.
He has raised more than $600,000 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). He is a graduate of the University...