Posted on 08 July 2015.
Five Cedar Springs Rotarians became multiple-level Paul Harris Fellows. From left to right is past district governor Jim White; Karen Noreen representing her father, Tom Noreen; Denise Gates; Amanda Gerhardt; Kim Burge; and Ron McDermed.
On Wednesday, June 17, the Cedar Springs Rotary Club ended the fiscal year with a grand celebration. Carolyn Davis, concluding her term as club president, thanked her fellow Rotarians and non-Rotarians for a fun and successful year. Davis thanked the entire club saying, “It takes everyone stepping up to do their part in order for this club to be successful in their avenues of service.” She did recognize a few for their special assistance in various capacities to include Pat Capek, Program Chair; John Rohrer, Foundation Chair; Kim Burge, Treasurer and Grant Writer; Donna Clark, Assistant Secretary; Jane Webster, Food Service; Dan Davis, faithful supporter of all events; and Sue Wolfe, Community Relations.
Davis herself was recently presented the Governors Citation Award at the District Conference held in Traverse City. She was one of only two club presidents in our district of 60-plus clubs to be recognized for her outstanding service and leadership as a president.
Family members of Rotarian Sue Wolfe were recognized. From left to right is Past District Governor Jim White; Sue Wolfe; Sue’s husband Tim Wolfe; Sue’s daughter Katie Wolfe Trolla; and her daughter-in-law Krista, representing Sue’s son, Nick.
The current Rotary District Governor, Al Bonney, was not able to attend the awards meeting due to medical reasons but sent a pre-recorded video message that was played. In addition, Past District Governor (PDG), Jim White, was in attendance and made presentations of the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award (PHFA) to five Cedar Springs Rotarians and three family members of Rotarians. This award is given by the Rotary Foundation, in appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. The PHFA was established in 1957 and named after its founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. The Foundation provides an array of programs and projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world, enhancing international friendship and understanding.
Rotarians Amanda Gerhardt, Ron McDermed, Denise Gates, Kim Burge, and Tom Noreen (represented by his daughter Karen Noreen) became multiple-level Paul Harris Fellows. Jim White stated, “These five people understand the on-going needs of our Rotary Foundation, and are providing for a wide array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world—improved living conditions, increased food production, better education, wider availability of treatment and rehabilitations for the sick and disabled, new channels for the flow of international understanding, and brighter hopes for peace. Your support is truly a selfless action.”
The family members of Rotarian Sue Wolfe, an existing PHF, receiving the award were her husband Tim Wolfe, son Nick Wolfe (represented by his wife Krista), and daughter Katie Wolfe Trolla.
The family of Jack and Marge Clark (center) were in attendance to see them receive their award.
Only a few Rotarians ever achieve the level of giving called Major Donor. With great recognition and honor, PDG White presented Marge and Jack Clark with this distinguished award. “These two people have a life-time of ‘Service Above Self,’ along with financial support to the Foundation. Not only would I like to bestow this title of Major Donor but would also like to wish them a happy 69th wedding anniversary,” he said.
PDG White called the Clarks up to receive their crystal recognition piece and pendant and lapel pin, while club members rose with a standing ovation to express appreciation for the Clarks. Most all of the Clark’s children, Marilyn Clark, Barb and Gene Waller, Mark and Sue Clark, and granddaughter and Lowell Rotarian Karen Noreen were in attendance. Nancy and Tom Noreen were out of the country and unable to attend.
A certificate and PHF pin were given to each of these eight individuals. The Cedar Springs Rotary Club ranks in the district’s top ten for charitable giving to both the Rotary Foundation and Polio Eradication Program.