XENIA —The Xenia Rotary club inducted its newest Paul Harris Fellows on Tuesday.
Named for 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 and educational 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.
The newest member Fellows are Denise Davis, Diane Dixon, Brett Ellis, Gregg Hebrank, Sarah Amend, Matt Bennett and Andy Pope. The contributions from Davis and Dixon went to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International to help with world-wide causes. Hebrank and Ellis were named Fellows for service on the club’s board, specifically as presidents. Bennett and Amend were sponsored in-part by Rick Williamson, Amend’s father.
“It’s a great tradition in my family that my father started for me and his business partner,” Amend said of becoming a fourth-generation Fellow.
Club pianist Jean Hughes was also named a PHF, being nominated by Ron Lewis.
“Xenia Rotary believes that your life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of The Rotary Foundation,” President Robyn Caupp said in honoring Hughes. “We thank you for demonstrating in your life and vocation a commitment to helping persons in need here and around the world. And we are especially grateful for your faithfulness over the years to Xenia Rotary.”
With the naming of the newest fellows, the Xenia club now has 38 fellows. The club has also sponsored 114 other Paul Harris Fellows and has contributed $135,000 toward fellowships.
Scott Halasz covers Xenia and Greene County for the Xenia Daily Gazette. He can be reached at 937-502-4507.