Paul Harris awards presented to Rotarians

Newly-inducted Paul Harris Fellows, Rotarians Leah Anderson and Harry Parker.

THE Rotary Club of Salamander Bay marked its annual changeover dinner at the Nelson Bay Golf Course.

Incoming president Rita Murray said the club made three significant donations of $2500 each, to the Yacaaba centre, Hope cottage and the Tomaree Neighbourhood Centre, with the goal of helping the homeless in the area.

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It was a very special night for longtime Rotarians Harry Parker and Leah Anderson.

“Harry Parker, the outgoing president, and Leah Anderson were awarded the Paul Harris Award for their many years of service and dedication,” she said.

It is presented to a Rotarian or a member of the community who has made an outstanding contribution to the community.

Past President of the Rotary Club Of Salamander Bay Leah Anderson said, “Harry Parker and I were awarded by our club as Paul Harris Fellows, which is the highest form of recognition a Rotary club can bestow.

“I was surprised and completely honoured to receive this award from my Rotary Club of Salamander Bay.

“I am a proud Rotarian and [have been] a board director of our club for almost 14 years now, and I adore my Rotary family and the work we do in our community.

“I was proud to stand beside outgoing President Harry Parker, who also received a Paul Harris Fellow,” she said.

The proud Paul Harris Fellow and Rotarian Harry Parker said, “I have been a Rotarian for 23 years (10 in Victoria and 13 with the Rotary Club of Salamander Bay).

“Throughout this time I have held several positions with the Rotary Club of Salamander Bay including president (twice), director youth services, director international services and secretary,” he said.

The club inducted two new members, Deb Esquilant and Jan Sheppard, who are now serving on the board.

The new board was declared comprising existing and new members, including one from Springwood, John Fuller.

“I am looking forward to a busy year with the board and members, who are hoping to make a difference in the community with their fundraising and volunteer efforts,” said new president Rita Murray.


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