The Rotary Club of Jamestown recently presented Jacob ”Jake” Schrantz with a Paul Harris Fellow Award.
This presentation of a new Paul Harris Fellow honor was made possible through the generous $1000 donation to the Rotary Foundation by Jamestown club member Gail Donus. Gail and her late husband and past club secretary Dan Maginnis have been deeply committed to Rotary and in addition to holding multiple Paul Harris Fellow honors themselves, they also belong to Rotary’s Benefactor and Major Donor societies.
The Paul Harris Fellow is not an award but instead is a recognition of a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation and is almost always a recognition of that person’s contribution to Rotary or many other local or international causes.
Ms. Donus decided she wished to use her contribution to the foundation to name another deserving person a Paul Harris Fellow and chose Jacob “Jake” Schrantz.
Jake has been married to the former Nora Stronz for 31 years. The two of them met as students at Jamestown Community College, thanks to their last names beginning with the same letter of the alphabet. Schrantz went on to earn his Bachelor of Science degree in accounting at SUNY Fredonia.
Schrantz has worked for many years as the Chief Fiscal Officer of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation. He is an active community volunteer and has been an assistant scoutmaster for the Bemus Point Boy Scouts and he himself is a Life Scout. Jake is an avid skier and presently volunteers on the safety patrol at Holiday Valley; he is also a longtime member of the Jamestown Lions Club, as was his father.
Recently, all the Rotary Clubs of District 7090 (Western New York and Southern Ontario, Canada) participated in a major fund raiser for World Polio Day. Each Club had bike riders who volunteered to ride many miles and accumulate pledges. Jake, who is an avid bike rider and his dear friend John Silo volunteered to represent the Jamestown Rotary. Unfortunately, John passed away, however, Jake continued to complete two rides amassing over $1,500 in pledges. This money was matched by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to total a donation of $4,500 to fight polio in the world. That money will inoculate 1,500 children who will never experience polio.
The award pin was presented to Jake by the Jamestown Club’s Foundation Chairman, Dr. Greg Jones: his certificate was presented to him by Tory Irgang, Executive Director of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation, and his wife Nora graced him with his Paul Harris medallion.
The Rotary Foundation has assets of 2.8 billion dollars and awarded $86,677,399 in funding to 1,306 world-wide grants during fiscal year 2018, the latest on-line report.
The Rotary Club of Jamestown has over 271 Paul Harris Fellows and has donated more than $398,000 to the Foundation. Adding this amount to the club’s overall support of local and international projects, the local club’s giving totals well over 1.5 million dollars.