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Rotary Club celebrates a year of success with annual Paul Harris awards
The Rotary Club’s Paul Harris award recipients Vaughn and Lauren Goettler, Cindy Grant and Jodey Porter with NOTL club president Greg Fedoryn. (ROSE ELLEN CAMPBELL)

The Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake’s Paul Harris Awards Gala celebrated another year of outstanding achievements in the community and beyond.

The May 23 gala held at the community centre opened with club president Greg Fedoryn welcoming young performers from the Yellow Door Theatre Project.

Their talented individual and ensemble performances set the tone for the amazing inspirational stories and speeches that followed as the awards were presented.

The Paul Harris Award, named after the founder of Rotary International, is Rotary’s highest honour.

Recipients Lauren and Vaughn Goettler were recognized for their generous and diverse philanthropy, Rotarian Cindy Grant for her outstanding leadership and contribution to several NOTL community organizations, and Rotarian Jodey Porter for her service to numerous local, national and international organizations.

Rotary is a global network of 1.4 million neighbours, friends and leaders who volunteer their skills and resources to solve issues and address community needs.

Worldwide, Rotarians volunteer about 47 million hours each year and award $333 million to global service programs.

Locally, the Rotary Club of NOTL had its most successful fundraising year in history thanks to its members’ passion and hard work, Fedoryn said.

The gala “was a great celebration of our success this year and it was wonderful to recognize the outstanding contributions of Lauren and Vaughn, Cindy and Jodey. They inspire us to continue doing good work around the world as people of action.”

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