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Rotary Club of Jamestown
Russell E. Diethrick, Jr. was recognized with his fourth Rotary Paul Harris Fellow and his wife June Christiansen Diethrick was recognized with her first Fellow at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Jamestown.
The recognition follows a $1,000 contribution to The Rotary Foundation and the recipient receives a certificate, a lapel pin and a medallion. Mr. Diethrick received a pin with his first fellow award and for each subsequent $1,000 donation, a sapphire has been added to his Paul Harris lapel pin. Russ was originally awarded a Paul Harris Fellow in his own name and then named his mother and father as recipients and now has named his wife June to receive the honor.
Diethrick was a graduate of Jamestown High School and still has the record for the highest single season batting average. After graduation, he went to work at Marlin Rockwell Corporation and then became Director of Parks, Recreation and Conservation, a position he held for 33 years. He is presently a member of the staff at Northwest Savings Bank.
Russ has been involved in Babe Ruth Baseball for 25 years, he is on the Advisory Board of the Jamestown Jammers, and has held Board positions with the Chautauqua County Sports Hall of Fame and has the honor of having the local ballpark named after him.
Diethrick is a member of over 50 community organizations and has served as President of more than twelve. He was honored as the JayCees Young Man of the Year in 1965; he was elected to the Babe Ruth Hall of Fame in 1997; he was received the John Hamilton Award for the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation in 2001; he has received three Paul Harris Fellows and is currently President of the Sunset Hill Cemetery Association.
Diethrick’s wife June Christianson was born in Long Island and she and her twin sister were raised in Hope, NY. She is a graduate of Jamestown Business College and previously worked for Cablevision, Hanson Signs, the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation and currently works for the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation.
June is a member and Past President of The Zonta Club of Jamestown, the Marvin House and InterClub Council. She has been named to the JBC Hall of Fame and was named 2006 Woman of the Year.