Posted by Charlie Scobie on May 20, 2017
Photographer: Pam Harrison
Paul Harris Evening Celebration 18 May 2017
It was a hot time in the old town tonight.  Members of the Rotary Foundation Committee had been praying for good weather and look what they got – temperatures close to 30 degrees !  All present – club members, previous Paul Harris Fellows and members of the local community – certainly got a warm welcome.  Everyone enjoyed finger food and drinks in the pleasant ambiance of Cranewood on Main, and a time of fellowship. The programs for the evening were much appreciated – they made excellent fans.
MC David, chair of the Rotary Foundation Committee, welcomed all present and introduced the highlight of the evening – the recognition of five outstanding local volunteers as Paul Harris Fellows.  Of special interest was the fact that this year marks the 100th anniversary of the Rotary Foundation.  It was in 1917 that Cleveland Rotarian Arch Klumph, President of Rotary International, proposed the establishment of a fund “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” Clubs may honour citizens who exemplify the Rotary ideal of Service Above Self by donating to the Foundation in their name and recognizing them as Paul Harris Fellows.  President Josh participated in the following recognitions:
Alice Folkins (Westmorland Historical Society, Food Bank, Lioness club, youth work), introduced by Rotarian Darrell Harvey
John Higham (Sackville Community Association, Tantramar Veterans Memorial Civic Centre, Tantramar Lacrosse, Tantramar Planning Commission, Town Council), introduced by Rotarian Louise MacKinnon
Dianne Minshull (V.O.N., Meals on Wheels, Red Cross, Walking Program at Sackville Memorial Hospital), introduced by Rotarian Joyce Ferguson;
Heather Patterson (Tantramar Seniors’ College, Food Bank, Tantramar Association of Grandmothers, Autumn House, Linus Project, Sackville Refugee Response Coalition), introduced by Rotarian Gayle Key;
and Allan Pooley (55 years of service to Scouting in Sackville !), introduced by Rotarian Susan Fisher.
Three members of the club – Susan Fisher, Susan Purdy and Wynn Meldrum – who have recently donated to the Foundation were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows.  Acknowledgment was also made of members recognized as Paul Harris Fellows over the past two years: John Murchie, Louise McKinnon, Dale Creelman, Ove Samuelsen, Darrell Harvey, Charlie Scobie, Dianne Oulton, Bill Evans and David McKellar.
Club members can contribute to the Foundation on behalf of others.  Sharon Meldrum, introduced by Rotarian Pam Harrison, was so recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow as the result of a contribution by Wynn MeldrumSharon’s many community activities include Scouting, Figure Skating, Kinnette Club, and Camp Tawasi.  She is a member of the Rotary Club of South Lake in Clermont, Florida.
Above: the six new Paul Harris Fellows.  Left to right, Front: Alice Folkins, Sharon Meldrum;  Back: Heather Patterson, Allan Pooley, John Higham, Dianne Minshull.
President Josh congratulated the new Paul Harris Fellows and thanked all who had contributed to the success of the evening. 
The celebration closed with the Four-Way Test.
In keeping with tradition all Paul Harris Fellows present assembled on the steps of Cranewood for a group photo.   They are, left to right: Front rowPat Estabrooks, Marion Holder, Mary Sears, Linda Draper, Jean Scobie, Sharon Meldrum.  Second row:  Pam Harrison, Dianne Minshull, Sandy Harper, Barb Chisholm, Heather Patterson, Alice Folkins, George Woodburn, Ken Draper, John Higham, Wynn Meldrum, Allan Pooley, Sheila Parker,  Susan PurdyThird RowLouise MacKinnon, David McKellar, Susan Fisher, Leslie Read, Ray Dixon, Patricia Belliveau, Charlie Scobie, Dale Creelman.  Back RowBill Evans, John Read, Frank Chisholm, Darrell Harvey, Wayne Harper.