The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club recently installed new officers at a special evening meeting held at The Spa Banquet Center in Porter.
Past President David Hiestand was honored with the Rotarian of the Year award for his work on a number of Club initiatives since becoming a member in 2008, including leading the Club’s partnership with Westchester Public Library for Rotary popcorn sales and a new sponsorship program for the Library’s summer Movies in the Park series; establishing a member mentor program; creating dunelandrotary.org and serving as the Club’s webmaster; leading the creation of a variety of Club social activities; and for volunteer service at Duneland Diamond baseball field work days, Rebuilding Together Duneland, and the Club’s annual fundraisers.
Paul Harris Fellowships were presented to Rotarian and Past President Bill Dean, and Duneland community volunteers Jody Klein and Dan Amling.
The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905. The fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of $1,000 to the humanitarian efforts and education programs of The Rotary Foundation. Those programs include an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding.
Additionally, Rotarians also designate a Paul Harris Fellow to recognize a community member whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace.
The first Paul Harris Fellowship was awarded to Past Rotary Club President Bill Dean by fellow Past President Jim Anton. Bill was honored in recognition of his contribution to the Rotary Foundation, his sponsorship of two water tank projects in Guanajuato Mexico during his Rotary presidential year, and his volunteerism with Rebuilding Together Duneland, the Rotary Fish Fry, and mentoring students.
Community volunteer Jody Klein was awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship by her sister and Rotary President Heather Olson for her longtime service as a youth sports coach with the Duneland Family YMCA, and as a weekly volunteer in Mrs. Bachuchin’s kindergarten class at Bailly Elementary.
Dan Amling, volunteer leader with the Duneland Diamond baseball field, was recognized with a Paul Harris Fellowship by Rotary Community Service Director Christina Fickel for his leadership and partnership with the Chesterton-Porter Rotary to enhance the baseball field and surrounding areas at 5th and Porter Avenue in Chesterton.
Outgoing President Heather Olson listed Club successes for this past Rotary year and individually recognized and thanked current Rotary Board members before installing the new Board of Directors for fiscal year 2015-2016. Finally, she continued the tradition of passing the gavel to the incoming president, Nate Cobbs, who will assume leadership of the Club on July 1.
Rotary, a global network of community volunteers, is one of the largest and most influential international humanitarian service organizations worldwide. Founded in Chicago on February 23, 1905, today over 1.2 million members belong to 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries. To learn more about the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club, join us for lunch and a weekly meeting on Tuesdays at 11:45 a.m. at the Westchester Public Library Service Center, 100 West Indiana Avenue in Chesterton.