Posted by Kathleen Murphy on Jul 14, 2017
The Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor recently presented Patricia Sullivan and James Nye with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship Award. A Top Ten Charity, as ranked by CNBC, the Rotary Foundation seeks to “do good in the world,” through six areas of focus including peace and conflict prevention/resolution, disease prevention and treatment, water and sanitation, maternal and child health, basic education and literacy and economic and community development. The award was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 
Patricia Sullivan “Pat” is currently a “retired” physical therapist who more recently has devoted herself to helping disabled individuals in Nepal along with the hospital administrators and caretakers who provide for the physically disabled.  
 
Pat travelled to Nepal twice in 2016 and her generosity extended beyond providing expertise in physical therapy. She spearheaded the Club’s efforts to collect and distribute books, clothing and shoes for children. Additionally, due to Pat’s effective leadership, a grant was given to help equip the Rehab unit at the Dhulikhel hospital – an independent, non-government institution. Dhulikhel hospital is also the university hospital for all the medical programs run under the collaboration with Kathmandu University (constituent medical programs of Kathmandu University). 
 
James E. Nye “Jim”, President of National Grand Bank in Marblehead, was recognized for his efforts with the Marblehead Interact Club.  Every Friday morning Jim attends the Interact meetings and helps students identify and participate in events that focus on the needs of others.  Whether it’s organizing contributions to Shelter Box, helping with the Postal Food Drive, or taking care of coats at Holiday Pops concert, Jim is a guiding, reliable mentor. When asked about his long-time dedication to working with the students, Jim replies “It’s all for the kids”.  Interact Club gives Marblehead students ages 12-18 the chance to make a real difference while having fun. Every Interact club carries out service projects each year. Usually one project helps their school or community and another project that helps to promote international understanding.  Jim helps students to connect with community leaders, develop leadership skills, make international connections and discover more opportunities to connect with Rotary. 

For more information about the Nepal project, Interact Club, or how to join the Rotary Club of Marblehead Harbor please visit http://www.rotaryclubofmheadharbor.org.