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Rotary Presents Paul Harris Fellow Awards 4/3/2012

Joyce Stewart    Paul Harris Fellows      Paul Harris medal   

From left to right:

Kevin Abel,                                                           Joyce Stewart

Michael Steele, Mike Richardson,

and Ron Hart.         



Joyce Stewart was a long time member of Lake Chelan Rotary and few who met her ever forgot her.  Joyce was Lake Chelan’s first woman Rotarian, first woman Rotary President and first woman Rotary District Governor in District 5060. When Joyce passed away in 2009, she gave part of her estate to the Rotary Foundation.  Her life long friend Mary Signorelli carried out Joyce’s wishes and made what happened at Lake Chelan Rotary possible.

The Rotary Foundation promotes world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, literacy and cultural exchange programs. The Foundation is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.  The Paul Harris Fellowship was established in 1957 to express appreciation and recognition for a contribution of US $1000 to the Rotary Foundation.    As a Paul Harris Fellow six times over, Mary has earned the right to give a Paul Harris Fellowship’s to five individuals that she feels Joyce would want to see acknowledged for their contribution in our community.

On March 27, 2012 we honored Micheal Steele, Rotarian, Director of Lake Chelan Chamber of Commerce (LCCC) and City Councilor.  Micheal is the force that guides what happens at the LCCC and someone who works tirelessly to improve the experience of those of us who are residents and those who come to Lake Chelan as visitors. 

The second honoree was Kevin Abel, Rotarian and CEO of Lake Chelan Community Hospital (LCCH).  Kevin has restored the credibility of our hospital, gained the respect of the hospital employees and Commissioners alike and is now preparing to move us forward so that we have a new hospital in Chelan by 2014. 

Our third and fourth honorees were Ron Hart and his wife Mike Richardson.  Rotarian Ron is one of those people who is always there.  He has told us clearly “I do not want to be leader in the club, I want to work to help improve the quality of life in the valley in any way I can” and that is exactly what he does.  Ron will paint it, plant it, build it, clean it, move it and is always available to do what is needed.  Ron’s wife Mike Richardson is a “Kelly”.  That is how long she has been in the valley.  Mike was well known for 40 years as the owner of Clampits.  She is a member of LCCH Guild Y and a contributor to the well being of the valley in her own right. 

The fifth honoree was Jill Signorelli the wife of Mary’s nephew and Past President of the Crowley Rotary club in Louisiana.

Each of these people is a mover and shaker.  They move quietly.  They shake gently. They are Rotarians or connected to Rotary and we honor them as Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellows.