Rotarians Receive Paul Harris Fellowship Awards

From left, Deputy Governor Tom Simon, representing Rotary District 5520, with Paul Harris Scholarship recipients Nancy Cerutti, Shelly Tarantello, Elizabeth Allen and Sandy Tobin. Greg Viola, president of the club’s Rotary Foundation, arranged the presentation through Rotary International. Photo by Linda Hull

Shelly Tarantello, Elizabeth Allen and Sandy Tobin are the new recipients of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos Paul Harris Scholarship. Photo by Olivier Morris

By LINDA HULL
vice president
Rotary Club of Los Alamos

Four members of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos were honored with the Paul Harris Fellowship (PHF) at the Club’s meeting Sept. 6. The recognition is named after Paul Harris, who founded Rotary in 1905. The PHF recognition was created in Harris’s memory in 1957 to show his appreciation for the contributions made to the Foundation’s charitable and educational programs.

A Paul Harris Fellow is someone who contributes $1,000 or on whose behalf that amount is contributed. The PHF honors an individual’s service to the community and demonstrates meaningful support for the meaningful work of The Rotary Foundation’s goals of world peace and international understanding.

Donations to The Rotary Foundation fund Rotary International’s seven focus areas:

  • Promote peace;
  • Combat disease, especially poliomyelitis;
  • Provide opportunities for access to drinking water, sanitation and hygiene;
  • Support education;
  • Save and improve the lives of mothers and children;
  • Growth of local economies; and
  • The environmental Protection.

Tom Simon, assistant governor of Rotary District 5520 and member of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe, and Greg Viola, chairman of the Los Alamos club committee for the Rotary Foundation, presented the PHF honors.

Nancy Cerutti, Rotarian since 1998, received her seventh PHF thanks to her generous donations to The Rotary Foundation, the financial arm of Rotary International. She has been an active member of numerous committees and has held several positions on the board of directors, including club president, secretary and treasurer. Cerutti grew up with Rotary. Her father and grandfather were Rotarians, and her family hosted an exchange student from Australia when she was in high school. Cerutti currently leads the committee for the club’s four-part essay competition for 8th graders.

Thanks to the generosity of Cerutti, three other Rotarians: Elizabeth Allen, Shelly Tarantello and Sandy Tobin received their first PHF honors. Allen, who joined the club just a year ago, has hosted a Rotary Youth Exchange Dinner for District 5520, helps maintain the LAHS Memorial Garden and Rotary Treehouse at PEEC, and has served on scholarships and other youth committees.

Tarantello, CFP®, founder and branch manager of Wiemann Wealth Strategies/Raymond James, manages the Club’s investment account and is an active business sponsor. She has served on the Memorial Garden, Crab Fest, and Youth Scholarship Committees.

Tobin, a Rotary advisor at the Los Alamos High School Interact Club, Rotary’s youth organization, also volunteers for other club youth programs, including Rotary Scholarships and the Rotary Youth Exchange. She is an active participant in the Memorial Garden, Crab Fest and Meals of Hope projects.

For more information about the Rotary Club of Los Alamos, contact club president Alison Pannell at 505.570.0629 or vice president Linda Hull at 505.662.7950.

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