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Four recipients of Paul Harris Award celebrated by Rotary Club of NOTL

The Rotarian Club of NOTL was also celebrating its best year for fundraising in the club's history.
Vaughan and Lauren Goettler, along with Rotarians Cindy Grant and Jodey Porter, were recognized as recipients of the Paul Harris Award, onstage with Rotary Club of NOTL president Greg Fedoryn.

Paul Harris awards were handed out to four people by the Rotary Club of Niagara-on-the-Lake Tuesday as it celebrated another year of outstanding achievements in the community and beyond.

The annual Paul Harris Awards Gala was held  at the community centre, and featured performances by young musicians 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,” said Rotarian Bill French.

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

Honourees 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, said French.

Added club president Greg Fedoryn, “it 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.”

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, French explained, with Rotarians volunteering about 47 million hours each year and awarding $333 million to global service initiatives.

On a local level, the Rotary Club of NOTL had the most successful fundraising year in the club’s history thanks to members’ passion and hard work, said French.