Rotary Names Harris Fellows

ELLSWORTH—The Ellsworth Rotary Club honored four Rotary members and two non-Rotarians with Paul Harris Fellowships at its regular meeting Tuesday at China Hill. Paul Harris Fellow recognition was created in memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary as a way to show appreciation for contributions of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation’s charitable and education programs.

Honored Tuesday night were front row, from left: President Mike Marino, Thelma Beal, Iris Simon, Roberta Keep, Emma Remick, President-elect Alan Fitch; back row: Ray Williams, Lee Pittle, Mark Remick.
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Like many Rotary Clubs, Ellsworth Rotarians consider a Paul Harris Fellowship an honor to be presented to outstanding men and women who live up to the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” within their community and to show appreciation to club members for outstanding service to the Ellsworth Rotary Club.

Accepting the honor for the late Dr. Oscar Remick were his wife Emma and son Mark. Remick’s long career included many civic and academic achievements and in addition to his service as a Rotarian his local commitments included the Grand Auditorium, Woodlawn and Abbe Museums, Ellsworth High School Alumni Association and First Congregational Church.

Rotarian Ray Williams of Ellsworth joined the club in 1978, serving as president in 1988. His 20 years of service to the Katahdin Area Council of Boy Scouts was noted as well as his service to Ellsworth as a member of the City Council.

A member of Rotary for 11 years, Iris Simon has chaired several committees and was recognized by Rotary’s District Governor as an outstanding member. She is a board member and past chair of Meadowview Apartments and volunteers her time at local events as “Petunia” the Rotary clown.

Lee Pittle of Bar Harbor has been a Rotarian for 10 years and served as president in 1998. In addition to being the lifetime chair of the club’s annual blueberry pancake breakfast he volunteers his time to the Abbe Museum, Red Cross and bicycles in various charity fundraising events.

Non-Rotarians recognized were Thelma Beal and Roberta Keep, both of Ellsworth. Beal may be best known for her 20- year commitment to downtown Ellsworth’s Christmas Parade and has also been active in support of the Emmaus Center, Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry, Relay for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and the Ellsworth Area Chamber of Commerce. Keep is a member of Irene Chapter Order of Eastern Star and active in the Order of Rainbow for Girls as well has the EHS Alumni Association, Friends of the Union River, Habitat for Humanity, Tour d’Cure for diabetes and the First Congregational Church.



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