Rotarian Pieter Koeleman pins Craig Willett in recognition of him becoming a Paul Harris Fellow on Wednesday. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Campbell River Rotary hands out its highest honour

Paul Harris Fellows awarded to those who are trying to make the world a better place

Campbell River Rotary gave out another batch of Paul Harris Fellows (PHF) on Wednesday.

A PHF is one of the highest honours a Rotarian can receive from the club and one of the greatest gifts of recognition the service organization can bestow on a citizen.

Named after Rotary founder Paul Harris, the honour is given to any Rotarian who raises $1,000 for the Rotary Foundation. They then receive another level of PHF for every subsequent $1,000 donated.

But it’s not just about money. PHFs are also awarded by Rotarians who are already fellows to those who share the service club’s values. To be recognized as a PHF by Rotary means you do your part – and then some – to try to make the world a better place.

A total of 16 PHFs were awarded this week, along with nine current fellows attaining a new level of fellowship.

Debra Cunningham, Taylor Creran, Terry DeGagne, Suzanne Thibodeau, Nathan Handel, Derek Marcoux, Eric James Overhoff, Vicky Ryan, Betty Isabel Stright, Carol van Reeuwyk and Everly Rose Medico Wright all received their first level of PHF as Rotarians or family members of Rotarians.

Greg Willett, Morgan Ostler, Chris Perras, Troy Perras and Dr. Dick Patterson were all awarded the honour as citizens.

Jeff King, Amy Stevenson and Marlene Wright were all awarded their PHF+, Kent Moeller and Graham Stewart each earned both their PHF+3 and their PHF+4, Ian Baikie and Gary Thulin earned their PHF+6 and both Cindy Evans and Susie Moscovich earned their PHF+7.

 

Rotarian Susie Moscovich gets a bit emotional when she talks about her daughter-in-law Vicky Ryan’s accomplishments and social service work in autism support as she names her a Paul Harris Fellow on Wednesday. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Rotarian Brian Shaw lists off Morgan Ostler’s long list of accomplishments and community service impacts as she receives her Paul Harris Fellow medal on Wednesday. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Dr. Dick Patterson thanks Rotarian Larry Chen for naming him a Paul Harris Fellow Wednesday. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Pieter Koeleman gives Troy Perras his Paul Harris Fellow while Steve Frame explains why he’s receiving it – for all his leadership in training and supporting local athletes. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Rotarian Graham Stewart introduces his selection as a Paul Harris Fellow recipient, his son Taylor Creran, a master corporal in the Canadian Armed Forces, which was accepted by his mother Jan Wednesday. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Rotarian Larry Stright is clearly happy to be giving his mother Betty her Paul Harris Fellow. The award was accepted Wednesday by Larry’s wife Pat, and they will have another ceremony out in New Brunswick this summer to present it to Betty. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Nathan Handel receives his Paul Harris Fellow medal from Rotary Foundation Committee member Charlene Brown while being introduced by his father-in-law Gary Thulin. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Rotarian Gary Thulin presents Chris Perras with her Paul Harris Fellow on Wednesday. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Rotarian Bram van Reeuwyk presents his wife Carol with a Paul Harris Fellow Wednesday. The award is the highest honour given out by the service club. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror

Rotarian and city councillor Marlene Wright selected her granddaughter Everly Rose Medico Wright as a Paul Harris Fellow Wednesday. The award was accepted by her daughter, as Everly lives in Los Angeles. Photo by Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror