The Wakefield Rotary Club recently recognized several members and community partners with awards at a dinner event at Harringtons. The Community Partner Service Above Self Awards were presented to six community members for their spirit of volunteerism. Patrick Sullivan, Chair of the 4th of July Parade Committee was honored for his commitment to fundraising and organization of the most well-known event in Wakefield. His father, Chief Michael Sullivan noted that, “His commitment to making it a successful parade was around the clock. He made sure the parade was full-scale and an event to be remembered.” Officer Kelly Tobyne was recognized for her work with the Hogan House. Tobyne brings her therapy dog Mac to the center on a regular basis, volunteering to work with developmentally challenged adults. In attendance, Chief Rick Smith commented, “The entire department congratulates Officer Tobyne on this recognition. She’s completely deserving and we are very proud to call her one of our own.” Bob and Merry Eldridge, long-time volunteers with the Wakefield Mentor Program also were presented the Service Above Self Award. Retiring this year, the couple was noted as having, “Exactly what it takes to make a change in a community: passion, dedication, and commitment.” Cheryl Dalton, a long-time volunteer for the Girl Scouts was presented an award for, “Her development work with Wakefield’s young girls and women and her investment into supporting their families.” Finally, Beebe Librarian Nancy Sheehan was presented the award for her development of the Keeping Kids Safe storytime. Rotarian Amy Luckiewicz explained, “Nancy took an idea on how to present safety lessons, including child abuse prevention and brought it into the library as a cornerstone program.”
The Club also recognized several members with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award in recognition specifically of the member’s commitment and support of The Rotary Foundation. The Foundation seeks to support 6 key areas of focus including maternal health and wellness, basic education and literacy, peace and conflict resolution, water and sanitation, and economic and community development. The sixth focus area, disease prevention and treatment was the main area in which awardees received recognition. Club Foundation Chair Barbara Worley explained, “Last year our club again led the entire northeast Massachusetts area in supporting the global eradication of polio. With the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation match, our club provided about 90,000 polio vaccines worldwide. The money we raised also supported the global response systems to communicable diseases like Ebola. We’re going to do it again this year. The club recognized the following Rotarians for their support: Officer David Morales, Bruce Chimo, Mark Curley, Lisa Roderick, Tom Stapleton, Jay Curley, Suzanne Bowering, Bill Fiore, Ed Harding, and Amy Luckiewicz.
To learn more about how the club supports worldwide polio eradication during its annual Polar Plunge, visit www.wakefieldrotaryclub.org/polio
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