Rotary hands out Paul Harris Award

Dr. David Wills stands with Betsy Emery after she was honored with the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from the Glove Cities Rotary. (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN — Rotary started with the vision of one man — Paul Harris. The Chicago attorney formed the Rotary Club of Chicago on Feb. 23, 1905, so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships and give back to their communities.

In his honor, the Glove Cities Rotary Club honors one individual each year with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award for exceptional service at their Annual holiday party at the Johnstown Holiday Inn.

This year’s award went to Betsy Emery, who was inducted into the Glove Cities Rotary two years ago. She comes from a family with a history in rotary. Her mother, Barbara Emery, has had perfect attendance for 29 years and was one of the first women to join the Schenectady Rotary Club.

Betsy Emery was introduced to the Glove Cities Rotary by Steve Serge, director of the YMCA, who told her about the 4-way test rotarians live by: Is it the truth?, Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendships? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Betsy Emery’s family moved quite a bit while she was growing up, so being part of a community is extra special to her.

Since then Betsy Emery has been an active participant in the Glove Cities Rotary and serves as the public relations chair and secretary for the club. She participates in almost all of its events and has brought the organization into the digital age by creating a Facebook page and possibly a website in the future.

Rotary is a global network of 1.2 million neighbors, friends, leaders, and problem-solvers who come together to make positive, lasting change in communities at home and abroad. Solving real problems takes real commitment and vision.

For more than 110 years, rotary members have used their passion, energy, and intelligence to take action on sustainable projects. From literacy and peace to water and health, we are always working to better our world, and stay committed to the end.

The Glove Cities Rotary meets every Tuesday at the Johnstown Holiday in at 12:15. Anyone who is interested in community service to join the organization at lunch or at one of our service projects (listed on our Facebook Page.)

See more about Glove Cities Rotary at our Facebook Page (@glovecitiesrotary)