The Rotary Club of Kenora’s annual Paul Harris Evening was held virtually last night, and it was an opportunity for the club to honour members of our community for their outstanding contributions to Kenora and beyond.
This year’s recipients of Honourary Paul Harris Fellowship Awards were:
Garry Socholotuk - Special Olympics
Vicki Hawkins - Special Olympics
Olivia Whiddon - Arts;
Diane Pochailo -Lake of the Woods Regional Community Foundation, Hospital Foundation, and Dragon Tamers.
The Honourary Fellowship is Rotary’s most prestigious honour and is awarded in appreciation for service that exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of Rotary International.
Paul Harris founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905. The fellowship program was established in 1957 to honour Harris and donors to the Rotary Foundation are recognized, when their cumulative contributions reach a total of $1,000 American. These donors are awarded the Paul Harris Fellowship in recognition of their significant commitment to the work of Rotary International.
Since 1990, the Rotary Club of Kenora has chosen to honour individual citizens in Kenora, who have made a significant contribution in our club and in our local and global community in the spirit of Rotary — “Service Above Self” — with the award.
Eight Rotarians and a Rotary spouse were also presented their new Paul Harris Fellowship or a Multiple Paul Harris Fellowship on Monday by club president Steve Walker and District 5550 Governor Gailmarie Anderson.
Rotary Foundation Chair Gord LeMaistre said, “The Rotary Club of Kenora is honoured and proud to recognize citizens in our community for their significant humanitarian efforts in making Kenora a better place to live for all citizens.”
Jennifer Jones of Windsor will become the first woman nominee for Rotary International President, and she said, “In order to live in a world you would like, you have to help build it.”