The certificates were flying at the last Club luncheon, as three members proudly received Paul Harris Fellowship recognitions. After being introduced by a selected member, President Wayne Guy handed out the certificates.

 

Chuck Tolley introduced Lydia Bardak:

“Lydia’s whole life is Service Above Self, whether in Rotary or in the community as a whole — we have no doubt that the world is a better place because of the work Lydia does,” said Tolley.

Bardak is currently the Club’s sergeant-at-arms, which includes ensuring meetings run smoothly — no small task! She also makes special effort to get to know the members and makes certain their vocational skills are directed to the most suitable area.

She works with marginalized and disadvantaged members of the community, especially helping them work through the justice system. She has worked on the Rotary Boardwalk “and any other project she is asked to help out with,” said Tolley.

 

President Wayne Guy introduced Brian George:

“When asked to help, Brian is there to lend a hand,” Guy said of George. “He is an exceptional member of the Club.”

Guy said George, as professional engineer, is always there to help with community projects.

Some of those include: the Rotary Boardwalk; Range Lake Trail; Rotary Wreaths; and Rotary Radio Days. 

“Brian is a doer, he continually steps up to serve the Club,” said Guy. “Brian brings skill and knowledge to all aspects of Rotary’s business.”

 

Norma Jarvis presented Jan Larsson: 

Larsson worked extensively on the Rotary Boardwalk — a community landmark — and still helps pick up any trash and stays on the lookout for any graffiti, keeping the site looking lovely. He also donated a bench on the boardwalk in memory of his wife, four-time Olympic cross-country skier Shirley Firth.

Another major project of Larsson's was to help those devastated in Dominica by Hurricane Maria in 2017. Working in conjunction with the Rotary Club of Portsmouth, he organized funding through our Club for a portable sawmill to help make use of all the trees that were downed by the storm for new local re-building and construction.

“Without Jan’s passion and persistence, this life-changing, sustainable, international project would not have reached fruition,” said Jarvis.

More Paul Harris Fellowship recipients will be announced in coming weeks, as the Club celebrates it members in our 50th Anniversary.