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Rotary Club of Jamestown
The Rotary Club of Jamestown held its annual Recognition Dinner recently at Moon Brook and honored its outgoing Board Members and President, Joelle Washer, Area Manager for Northwest Bank.
Ms. Washer acknowledged the service of retiring Board Directors Russ Webb and Joel Keefer and then went on to congratulate the Club for its contributions to our local community in the past year including: partnering with The Resource Center to sponsor and fund $15,000 to Camp Onyahsa for developmentally disabled children and adults; funding a $1,500 Rotary Music Scholarship for a student studying at Chautauqua Institution; and providing monetary support for the Jamestown High School A ’Capella Chorus.
The Rotary Club of Jamestown has done much international work this year as well including: supporting a women’s weaving cooperative in Katmandu, Nepal; partnering with a Canadian Rotary club to support a Ugandan School project; built an office and provided equipment for the Cambodia Academy; purchased a shelter box for hurricane victims in the Caribbean Islands; and supported a project at a Yangon, Myanmar School to upgrade their water system, rebuild latrines, and improve a handwashing station.
In addition to supporting the Exchange student process, the Rotary Club of Jamestown sponsored one outbound student and one inbound student. In April, the Jamestown Club hosted over 40 exchange students from the entire district for a delightfully fun and informative weekend.
Holding three fund raisers each year – the Annual Golf Tournament, the Fire and Ice Ball and an Evening in Italy – Rotarians were able to support all of the afore-mentioned initiatives as well as donating to the Rotary Foundation and to the Polio Plus Polio Eradication arm of that Foundation.
Rotarians can be seen throughout the community volunteering for the Children of the Book Summer Reading Camp; conducting mock interviews for Jamestown High School career education students; performing Highway Cleanup on Interstate I-86 in the spring and the fall; volunteering for the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign; and volunteering as readers to children participating in the PARP (Parents As Reading Partners) Program at Bush School.
Ms. Washer was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Award for her leadership in 2017-18. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary and the recognition acknowledges that a contribution of $1,000 has been donated to the Rotary Foundation in her name.
In receiving her award, Ms. Washer is entitled to name another individual to also be honored and she chose her husband Dana Washer, who she stated was “her rock and without him, I would be unable to participate in all of the volunteer activities I have been involved with.”