Paul Harris Fellowship awards for 2 local Rotarians

(From left:) Grenfell Rotary Club President David Jones, with that Club’s two newest Paul Harris Fellows Sue Armstrong and David Dixon.  These two Rotarians were taken completely by surprise at the June 6 meeting when their own Club bestowed this very high honour upon each of them for their excellent contributions to their club and, therefore, their community.At the Rotary Club of Grenfell’s June 6 meeting, Rotarians Sue Armstrong and David Dixon were each awarded the very special recognition by their own members, who bestowed Paul Harris Fellowships upon them.

In each of their names, the Grenfell Club donated $US1,000 to the Rotary International Foundation, which creates the award. As a result, many underprivileged individuals in the world will benefit from the aid these donations will bring.

Just a few examples of what $US1,000 can do is: to provide clean water for an Indian village of 300 people; contribute school supplies for 1200 Guatamalan children; and provide Polio vaccine for large scale immunization of children in the last pockets of the disease remaining.

Neither Sue nor David had the slightest inkling that their efforts were to be acknowledged in this way.

Club President David Jones firstly made the presentation to David Dixon, who, as all members know, is one of the Club’s “quiet achievers”. “He doesn’t say much, but he does a lot,” noted President David.

A lifetime resident of Grenfell, David was a farmer before putting himself through TAFE and now runs a very successful building business.

A member of Rotary since 2005, he was the Club’s Community Service Director for two consecutive years and is always around when the heavy lifting needs to be done.

“He’s helped to put up the community road signs, move playground equipment and he’s a barbequer extraordinaire,” President David said before making the presentation.

Sue Armstrong was then caught by surprise as details of her Paul Harris Fellowship award recognition were read out.

“Our second PHF award tonight goes to a lady, in every sense of the word. She has been a member of Rotary for 14 years.

“Hard working, totally committed to the ideals of Rotary, she is dedicated to helping those whose needs are greatest.

As a teacher at Grenfell, Bribbaree and Caragabal, Sue works with children who need extra help. Her caring nature also extends beyond her line of work.

President David said Sue adds warmth and humour to every task, even when it comes to buttering endless loaves of bread!

“She is our most frequent international traveller and is our loyal and efficient Club Secretary.”

Sue has also variously and many times been a member of the Board either as Secretary, or as International and Youth Directorships throughout her 14 years of membership of Grenfell Rotary.

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