ARCHBOLD – As the 2014-15 Archbold Rotary Club’s year wound down last month, past president David David was honored with the club’s second Paul Harris Fellow award.
David, who served as Archbold Rotary president during the 2012-13 Rotary year, was honored with the club’s second Paul Harris Fellow award, which is presented annually to a Rotarian who has exemplified both club leadership and a commitment to service.
In 2010, David coordinated the club’s Haiti water project, easily Archbold Rotary’s largest international project ever. Under his guidance, the club raised nearly $125,000 since 2010 from local Rotarians, neighboring Rotary clubs, area foundations, churches and organizations, as well as the District 6600 Rotary Foundation and The Rotary Foundation.
The project took three years to finish, but when completed, 1,000 bio-filters providing safe, clean drinking water for nearly 80,000 children and their families had been installed at schools and health clinics in the Port-au-Prince area of Haiti, the area that was devastated by an earthquake in 2010.
He has been an Archbold Rotarian for more than 11 years and was previously a member of the Fort Worth (Texas) South Rotary Club and the Bryan (Ohio) Rotary Club.
Nanette Buehrer was the second recipient of the Paul Harris Award. Her presentation was made during the club’s 60th anniversary dinner in May.
Donations made by the club
During the recently completed Rotary year, the club made donations totaling $29,040.
The Archbold Rotary Club donated $12,500 towards scholarships and improvements towards the Archbold girls softball field.
The club made an additional $6,984 in donations and gifts to other school-related activities and in donations to community projects and other organizations, including Fulton County Radiothon, the Parade of Lights, Fairlawn Haven Auxiliary and Archbold Area Chamber of Commerce.
The Rotarians also donated $9,555 to district and Rotary International projects.
Ed Leininger was president of the Archbold Rotary Club for the 2014-15 Rotary year, which also marked the 60th anniversary of the Archbold Rotary Club. Marti Yoder will become the president for the 2015-16 year.
The club was chartered by Rotary International on Feb. 10, 1955 and held its charter night dinner and program later that month on Feb. 23.