By Woodrow Polston
At a recent Rotary Club meeting, Margie Sammons, governor of Rotary District 6060, presented the distinction of Paul Harris Fellow to Debbie Hopke, and Paul Harris Fellow Plus Three, to J.C. Davis. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition is awarded to an individual who contributes $1,000 or more cumulatively to the annual fund, Polio Plus, or an approved Rotary Foundation grant.
Recognition consists of a certificate and pin. Multiple Paul Harris Fellow recognition is given in subsequent $1,000 levels. The Paul Harris Fellow Plus awards consist of a pin with stones corresponding to the recognition amount. The recipients were happy to be a part of the reception.
“I was honored to receive the recognition, which was due in part to a donation on my behalf from a member of another Rotary Club,” said Debbie Hopke. “Rotary is a great community service-based organization,” she added.
Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem solvers who see a world where people unite and take action to create lasting change in our communities, and in themselves. Rotary’s mission is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through fellowship with business, professional, and community leaders.
Recent service projects have included a donation of equipment to Tri-County Care Center, which included a large flat screen TV and a new refrigerator, Highway 54 trash pickup, the donation of new fitness equipment to Tri-County park, including a stamina outdoor fitness multi-station gym, a power tower, and a fitness strider. The club had also made recent donations to Angel Tree, and Bright Futures.
Anyone interested in learning more about Rotary, is encouraged to attend their weekly meetings for more information. Rotary Club of Vandalia meets each Thursday at noon, at Great Plains restaurant.