Fairfielder Philip Dwyer was named Rotarian of the Year at the Rotary Club of Bridgeport’s recent annual meeting.

Dwyer, the chairman of the Fairfield Board of Education, has been a member of the Bridgeport club since 1990 and first joined Rotary while working for the YMCA in Bethlehem, Pa., in 1977.

The award has been given annually since 1981 in honor of Arthur Clifford, a past Rotarian.

Dwyer, a past president of the Bridgeport club, was recognized for his volunteer service to the club over many years and specifically his leadership of the Youth Achievement Award program and the Winter Coat Project, according to an announcement from the club.

Through the Youth Achievement Award program, the Rotary Club recognizes Bridgeport students in seventh and eighth grades whose teachers believe they have done outstanding work. Two students, one male and one female, are invited to a club meeting to be recognized with a certificate, a book and cash gift. Throughout the year, thirty-two different students were recognized.

The club also sponsored a project where nearly 1,000 winter coats were distributed to children through the city’s school system. Dwyer organized volunteers to complete both projects. Coats are purchased at low cost through a national program, unloaded from large trucks and re-packaged for delivery to individual schools for students in need.