Conway Morning Rotarians, Brenda Graff and Sue Smith, were named Paul Harris Fellows, and Pamela Woodward-George was voted Rotarian of the Year at the service club’s annual "unbanquet", Monday, June 25, at UCA Buffalo Alumni Hall.
"When a Rotary Club makes a financial contribution to the Rotary Foundation in recognition of a Paul Harris Fellow, the club notes the donation as an investment in the ideals of good will, peace, and understanding, ideals held high by Rotarians the world over," said outgoing club president, Joyce Miller. "Both of this year’s honorees are outstanding, service-oriented leaders and perfect representatives of a Paul Harris Fellow." Graff serves as chair of the admin committee. Smith heads the membership committee.
Named for Rotary founder, Paul Harris, who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905, a Paul Harris Fellow is marked by a substantial donation to the Rotary Foundation in the awardee’s name. According to Miller, Conway Morning Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person who has demonstrated commitment to the Foundation through annual contributions, one whose life demonstrates the objectives of the Rotary Foundation and who is consistent with the Foundation’s Four-Way test.
Woodward-George was honored for her efforts in the creation and support of club activities including, the morning club’s annual Dining for Dictionaries fundraisers and the maintenance of gardens and landscaping at Salem bike trails and Cadron Creek. Woodward-George serves as chair of the service committee.
Fourteen members were recognized for perfect attendance in the club year, during the evening. Those honored — Claudia Davis (21 years), Mary Kay Dunaway (21), Patty Coppock (12), Debbie Turner (8), Bill DeVore (6), Sharon Lessenberry (5), John Harrison (4), Pamela Woodward-George (4), Linda Johnson (3), Brenda Graff (2), Thomas Hudson (2), Faye Shepherd (2), Joyce Miller (1), Sue Smith (1) — had a combined total of 92 years of service.
"Rotary recognizes the value of attendance as necessary to the creation and maintenance of a club’s programs," said Miller. "By regular attendance, these individuals have provided support for Club activities."
Conway Morning Rotary meets 7 a.m. Tuesdays at UCA President’s Dining Hall.