The Rotary Foundation &
Paul Harris Fellow Recipients
The Rotary Club of Sussex recognizes the following recipients who have contributed, or in whose name has been contributed, $1000.00 US, as Paul Harris Fellows in recognition of their contribution to our club, our community, and for furthering the objectives of Rotary:
|Hazen B. Hogg||Apr.-1986|
|Harley H. Geldart||June-1988||PHF +1|
|D. Curtis Maxwell||Feb.-1991|
|John Whitters D.||Feb.-1994|
|Thomas P. Snowden d.||Feb.-1994|
|Charles T. Main d.||Mar.-1995|
|Gerald V. Randall||Mar.-1995|
|Robert G. Fawcett||Mar.-1995|
|Robert J. Kimball||Mar.-1998||PHF +2|
|Patricia McGibbon d.||Jan.-2001|
|Robert H. Black||Jan.-2001|
|Keri Marr||Feb.-2003||PHF +8|
|Kevin Kilfoil d.||Feb.-2003|
|Peter Haines d.||Feb.-2003|
|Dr. Arie A. Ruitenberg||Mar.-2006|
|The Late Leo R. Forbes d.||Mar.-2006|
|Harley Geldart||Mar.-2006||PHF +1|
|Dr. David Medders||Oct.-2008|
|JC Robert Lockhart||Oct.-2008||PHF +8|
|Donna M. Gilchrist||Feb.-2013||PHF +1|
|J. Malcolm McElroy||Feb.-2013|
|John E. Robinson d.||Feb.-2013|
|Dr. Patrick Sullivan||Feb.-2013|
|Robert P. Tremblett||Feb.-2013|
|Carolyn A. Lockhart||Dec.-2014|
d. Denotes Deceased
Back in 1917, Rotary President Arch C. Klumph had proposed that an endowment be set up “for doing good in the world”.
In 1928, this endowment became a not-for-profit corporation known as The Rotary Foundation. Upon the death of Paul Harris in 1947, an outpouring of Rotarian donations made in his honor, totaling US$2 million, launched the Foundation’s first program — graduate fellowships, now called Ambassadorial Scholarships. Today The Rotary Foundation improves the lives of people in every corner of the world by promoting world understanding and peace through local, national, and international humanitarian, educational, and cultural programs.
The Rotary Foundation is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share the vision of a better world. The Trustees of the Foundation offer a variety of ways of expressing gratitude and recognition. Perhaps the best known is the designation of a Paul Harris Fellow – a recognition presented in honor of our founder Paul Harris. Anyone who contributes – or in whose name is contributed a gift of US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund may become a Paul Harris Fellow. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate, and a Paul Harris Fellow pin.
The Rotary Club of Sussex uses the Paul Harris Fellowship to honor extraordinary service to the community by a deserving club member or non- Rotarian community leader. As a result, when honored by the Rotary Club of Sussex, the club makes the necessary $1,000 USD donation to the Rotary Foundation on behalf of the honoree.
The Paul Harris Fellowship program, named after the founder of Rotary International, was instituted in 1957, and since that time more than 30 people have been so honored in the Sussex area, and over 1 million individuals worldwide. It is one of the best ways Rotary can say “thank you” to many deserving supporters.
To be a Paul Harris Fellow means more than just a monetary contribution: it means the wheels of the Foundation’s program are set in motion.
Paul Harris Recognition 2015
On April 23, 2015, over 110 people gathered at the Sussex Royal Canadian Legion for Rotary’s 6th Annual Charitable Trusts Dinner & Auction, and to recognize Alfie Smith as a Paul Harris Fellow., Rotary International’s highest honor.
Sitting with Alpfie were some of his family and close friends (right to left) Mrs. Smith, daughters XX & XX, Rotarian Jeff Fuller at the table beside the family, and son XX.
As can be seen from photo above, there was an excellent gathering for the presentation and for the Dinner & Auction.
Pictured above is long time community business professional and friend, Don Stiles.
Chairperson for the evening was Rotarian Sandra Moon (left), and doing the presentation about the life of Alfie was Rotarian Wendy Osborne (right).
Auctioneer for the live auction was Brian McCullum, and helping him was Lorinda Porter.
The meal was prepared by the Chef’s Table which was enjoyed by all.
Paul Harris Recognition Night 2013
Dr. Patrick Sullivan, J. Malcolm McElroy, John E. Robinson, Donna M. Gilchrist, President Robert E. Kimball
Four members of the Sussex area were honored Feb. 7, 2013 for their work in the community over the years. More than 60 people gathered at the Timberland Motor Inn & Restaurant for the evening ceremony. Dr. Patrick Sullivan, J. Malcolm McElroy, John E. Robinson, and Club Past President Donna M. Gilchrist were presented with Paul Harris Fellow Recognition’s, considered the highest honor Rotary can bestow to an individual. The four received a pin and official certificate from Rotary Past District Governor Rick Rogers and Club President Robert E. Kimball.
The ceremony , held after the dinner, featured speeches highlighting the life of each recipient and slideshows with photos of them through shier life. The photos drew laughs as gigantic glasses and bushy hair flashed on screen along with stories of a farmer who fought to secure funding for the PotashCorp Civic Centre, a dedicated Post Master and friend, a woman went into ditches to help clean up litter, and a doctor who has helped generate interest in rural medicine.
President Robert Kimball said, “It was an absolute pleasure for the Sussex Rotary Club to recognize these four fellow citizens who have served their community and region so well. Their Service Above Self is truly what distinguishes their contribution to Sussex, the Sussex Region and the world”.
Dr. Patrick Sullivan, Medical Practitioner and of a proud Irish background. Three generations ago Dr. Sullivan’s descendant left the County of Cork Ireland in 1823 for Saint John. Doctor Pat born in Saint John is now the only Sullivan still living in Sussex. In 1969 he received his degree from St. Francis Xavier University and graduated Dalhousie Medical School in 1974. Doctor Pat has spent his career helping his patients in Sussex. “For his endless efforts to care for his patients, to mentor young doctors and his tirelessly work to recruit future doctors to Sussex, the Sussex Rotary Club recognizes his contributions” said Dr. Robert Bartlett of St. Andrews, and a long time friend & fellow practitioner.
Mr. J. Malcolm McElroy, retired Longest Serving Post Master of Sussex Corner and a lifelong resident of Sussex Corner with his wife Phyllis and their three children. In 1967 his passion began with the establishment of “Mac’s Grocery”. If they didn’t have it you didn’t need it, as the story goes! Mac is a 1988 recipient of the “Canada Celebration Award”. His work in spearheading the moving of Saint John’s United Church in Sussex Corner is recalled by Mac as “the most significant thing he ever did”. “Mac has done so much for so many and the Sussex Rotary Club recognizes his contributions” said Mayor Steven Gillies.
Mr. John Robinson, Dairy Farmer and General Campaign Chair for Fundy Civic Centre. John’s family first settling in Sussex in 1916 and he was born, raised and now runs the family farm. John and wife Elizabeth have raised four children. A dedication to his industry has seen John sit on so many Board’s over his career. John’s efforts to fund raise $3,000,000 is no easy task but great individuals like John build great communities like Sussex even when John would prefer to be recognized as a good husband, a good father and a great father. “For John’s legacy and his vision for our future to provide not just for his family, his fellow farmer, but to provide for all within our region the Sussex Rotary Club recognizes his contributions” said Rotarian Wendy Osborne.
Mrs. Donna Gilchrist, Past President of the Sussex Rotary and Club, Bell Aliant Sales Support Team – Contract Management. Born in Saint John of proud parents Joe & Barb Hourihan, Donna grew up in Bloomfield and developed a passion of getting and being involved. Donna has held various positions with the former NBTel and now Bell Aliant. Donna has served Sussex Rotary since joining in 2001. “Donna has done so much with her dedication to her Club and to make our community a better place to live and the Sussex Rotary Club recognizes her contributions” said long time friend and former colleague Robert Lockhart.
And as the night looked to be winding down, fellow Rotarian and incoming President Bob Tremblett was surprised with the presentation of a sustaining Paul Harris Fellow recognition for his on going financial support to the Rotary Foundation. The presentation was made by Club Foundation Chair and evening MC, Lou McNamara, who spoke of Bob’s effort building his electrical business into the operation now known as Tremtech Electrical Systems.
The Club was pleased to have the Mayors of the local communities in attendance for the celebrations. In the left picture, Sussex Corner Mayor Steven Gillies and his wife Janice speak to the evening’s MC, Lou McNamara. Steven also did the introduction of recipient Mac McElroy, Janice’s father. In the center photo, Honorary Rotarian, Mayor Marc Thorne, chats while Rotarian Bob Tremblett speaks to Matt Moore.
Sussex Paul Harris Fellows in Attendance 2013
Standing L-R: Paul Harris Fellows Peter Haines, Gerald Randall, Robert J. Kimball, Robert Tremblett, Charter President Hazen Hogg, Kim Pearson, JC Robert Lockhart
Sitting L-R: Dr. Patrick Sullivan, J. Malcolm McElroy, John E. Robinson, Donna M. Gilchrist
Charter Night 2008
On Nov. 7, 2008 over fifty Rotarians and their guests gathered at the Timberland Hotel to recognize 31 years of community service of the Rotary Club of Sussex at the Clubs annual Charter Night, and to recognize three individuals with Paul Harris Fellowships, Rotary’s highest award.
The master of ceremonies for the evening was Rotarian Bob Kimball, and the guest speaker was District Governor Rick Rogers of St. Stephen who brought greetings from Rotary International.
The highlight for the evening was when Chairman Bob and President Donna Gilchrist bestowed Paul Harris Fellowships to (pictured L-R) Rotarian JC Robert Lockhart, Past President Kim Pearson, and Dr. David Medders for their outstanding service to the community and furthering the ideals of Rotary.
Dr. David Meddars, the Club’s first recipient of a Paul Harris Fellowship was ordained into the Gospel Ministry in 1980. He pastured in local churches in his native state of Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana for the first 11 years. He has served as President of Bethany Bible College since 1990. Since 1997 Dr. Meddars has served as chairman of the Fundy Civic Center Board of Directors and has lead this group in receiving needed Government funding for the center.
JC Robert Lockhart, the second recipient, was born in Kentville NS, and joined Aliant / NBTel in 1969 from where he retired in Dec., 2000. Mr. Lockhart comes from a Rotary family and was so impressed from a Father and child night at the Kentville Rotary Club that he immediately knew he wanted to be part of Rotary. Robert has served Rotary as a member of the Newcastle Club from 1970-73. Returning to Saint John in 1974, he was chair of the Rotary Easter Seals Campaign from 1974-84. In 1984 he became President of the Rotary Club of Saint John. In Sussex, Robert has created and maintains the Sussex Rotary web site www.SussexRotary.org and is always there for Rotary.
Kim Pearson, the third award recipient, sought out information on the Sussex Rotary Club and “volunteered” to join. She took the initiative to publish an “amazing letter to the Editor” to describe her first year in Rotary. Kim has been a member of the Executive for many years, and served as Club President for 2 years. Kim is dedicated to the Rotary Foundation and is a regular contributor to the Rotary Annual Giving program. She is involved on a Rotary District level including most recently the Youth Merit Award program and the Rotary Leadership Institute. Professionally, Kim is an independent Financial Planner with Investors Group, having started her career in the financial industry in 1991.
At the beginning of the evening, PP & PHF Harley Geldart (left) took advantage of the evening to announce to those in attendance about the Club’s new fund raising project to collect coins in water bottles within the community for the Fundy Community Center, and he passed the bottle around from table to table. Pictured at right is chairman Bob Kimball, while Rotarian Kevin Simpson and his wife look on.
During the evening, presentations were made by DG Rick, and to him. DG Rick ( top picture) presented Secretary Bob Black and President Donna with a district citation banner and pin. In the bottom picture, President Donna presented DG Rick with a check for $1207.00 as the Club’s annual contribution to the Rotary Foundation.
At the end of the evening, those PHF’s present were gathered for a group photo.
Standing: Bob Black, Founding President Hazen Hogg, Bob Kimball, Robert Lockhart, Dr. David Medders
Seated: Kim Pearson, Charter member Harley Geldart, Keri Walker
Charter Night 2006
Rotary Club Honors Local Citizens
On May 23, 2006, the Rotary Club of Sussex recognized four local individuals who have demonstrated significant achievements in the area of community service. Paul Harris Fellowships were awarded to
- Maureen Sewell, administrator of the Sussex Sharing Club;
- Dr. Arie Ruitenberg, Village councilor for Sussex Corner;
- The Late Leo Forbes, first contributor to the Sussex Area Community Foundation; and
- Harley Geldart, a local Veteran and longtime volunteer with the Sussex Legion and Rotary Club of Sussex.
“Each of the recipients was selected to receive a Paul Harris Fellowship because the Rotary Club of Sussex believes that his or her life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation,” explained Rotarian Keri Walker. “By naming them as Paul Harris Fellows, they will join the ranks of outstanding individuals from all over the world. This is one of the highest honor that can be awarded through Rotary.”
A highlight of the May 23, 2006 awards dinner was the address by guest speaker the Honorable Greg Thompson, Minister of Veterans Affairs for the Government of Canada. Over one hundred Veterans and guests were on hand to hear Minister Thompson who remarked that this was the first opportunity he had as Minster to speak to Veterans in a local Legion.