Westfield-Mayville Rotarian Janese Berkhouse Honored as ‘Unsung Hero’

Janese Berkhouse (left) was presented with the "Unsung Hero" Award and a gift by Mary Swanson (right), Westfield-Mayville Roarty Club 2018-2019 President, during this Rotary Club's June 18 banquet at The Grape Discovery Center in Westfield. They are shown on the Steve Baran Memorial Patio Area of The Grape Discovery Center.

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Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville

Janese Berkhouse, a Westfield resident, was named as the recipient of the ‘Unsung Hero’ of the Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville for the 2018-2019 club year during this organization’s June 18 celebration at the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield. Mary Swanson, 2018-2019 Club President, bestowed Berkhouse with this special recognition.

Berkhouse, who has held 24 years of almost continuous membership since June of 1995 with the Westfield-Mayville and Jamestown Rotary Clubs, has just completed her term as the Immediate Past President of the Westfield-Mayville organization. She will serve this Rotary club as secretary in the 2019- 2020 club year.

During the award speech, Swanson described Berkhouse as “someone who has a quiet, calm presence, and who goes about her Rotary life with purpose and dignity. She was ever willing to help, in any way she could. She stepped in any time she was asked, and she volunteered on her own when she intuitively felt the need. She defines grace.” As a small token of appreciation, Swanson gave Berkhouse a handcrafted metal dish bearing the Rotary logo. Fellow club members gave Berkhouse a standing ovation and their hearty congratulations.

Upon receiving her special honor, Berkhouse stated, “I am very humbled with this recognition. Club President Mary shared that the success of our Rotary Club is the result of the contributions and teamwork of every member. ‘Service Above Self’ is more than a motto. It is a way of life. We Rotarians give of our time not for recognition, but to make a positive difference in our communities.” During this past club year, Berkhouse had some personal challenges. She said, “Rotary gave me something positive on which to focus.”

In addition to serving in various officer roles and as chairperson of some committees and events of the Westfield-Mayville Rotary Club, Berkhouse is an active volunteer in other community organizations. She currently is the Westfield-Barcelona Chamber of Commerce Secretary, the Chautauqua County Historical Society Treasurer, and the YWCA of Westfield Board of Trustees Treasurer. Janese Berkhouse resides in Westfield with her spouse and fellow Rotarian Tom Berkhouse.

The Rotary Club of Westfield-Mayville extends its heartfelt gratitude to Janese Berkhouse for her tireless efforts as a dedicated club member. Please congratulate this very worthy ‘Unsung Hero’ award recipient on her honor, and thank her for her many valuable community service contributions.