ROTARY’S DISTRICT GOVERNOR Gail Ellingwood was featured speaker at Rotary Club of Loyalton during its Charter Night, March 16th. Gail spoke about her “stories,” concerning the eradication of Polio.
At the Rotary Club of Loyalton's Charter Celebration on March 16th at the Golden West, several individuals were presented with Paul Harris awards to acknowledge their monetary support of The Rotary Foundation, and/or their outstanding record of community service. The award is named for the founder of Rotary.
Receiving Paul Harris awards that evening were Superintendent of Schools Merrill “Soup” Grant for his contributions and the good he does with youth. Jan Walker received a Paul Harris award from her husband Dr. Lee "Jaws" Walker for her service to the club and support to him. Dr. Walker has been a member 37 years. Carol “Rocky” Folchi passed on a Paul Harris to daughter-in-law, Erin Folchi who has taught at Loyalton Elementary School 30 years. Elia “Nana” Miles received her fourth Paul Harris as a result of her continued contributions to The Rotary Foundation, and her community service. Daughter Virginia told how her daughter, Dawn, granddaughter of Elia, was a Rotary Youth Exchange Student in Wales and is now active in Rotary. District Governor Gail "Virus" Ellingwood received her fourth Paul Harris and was noted for her travels across the district. Sami Guidotti was also awarded a Paul Harris and received the official charter certificate for the Interact Club of Loyalton. Vice President Chuck “Up chuck” Henson said Sami was here for the club's 77th charter celebration, and told of dreams of doing something good, having what it takes, and that because of her efforts, the Interact Club can be here at the high school in 77 more years. President Tracy Smith presented a Paul Harris given by the club to Donna Wiggin Matlock, not a Rotarian but who serves “above and beyond” and is involved with the youth in 4-H and at the county fair.