Paul Harris Fellows named



MOUNT DESERT — The Bar Harbor/MDI Rotary Club named two Paul Harris Fellows, Susana Davis and George Soctomah Neptune, during its June 24 annual meeting at the Asticou Inn. Davis was also named Rotarian of the Year.

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Susana Davis was named a Paul Harris Fellow and Rotarian of the Year for her work bringing wheelchairs to Panama.

Davis was honored for her work on the Panama Wheelchair Project. Under Davis’ guidance the club purchased 30 wheelchairs for $150 each. Davis led both the fundraising efforts and the excursion to Panama, where members of both the Bar Harbor and Ellsworth Rotary clubs fit Panamanians to desperately needed wheelchairs. Rotarians also distributed 400 pounds of donated school supplies to Aporte de La Counidad Educativia in Santiago, Panama.

Rotarians honored Neptune for his educational and humanitarian efforts in both the local community and the world. In 2014, Neptune (a Passamaquoddy citizen) was part of

George Soctomah Neptune was recently named a Paul Harris Fellow for his educational and humanitarian efforts.

George Soctomah Neptune was named a Paul Harris Fellow for his educational and humanitarian efforts.

a youth delegation to Global Youth Indaba, Leading by Example, in Cape Town, South Africa. He was just one of 23 youth from throughout the world who was chosen to participate. Neptune was the first North American indigenous youth ever selected to attend.

Neptune’s activism and hopes to educate also circle back to Hancock County, specifically MDI, as he works to reintroduce the original Wabanaki place names to the community.

The Club recognized several of its own members who have already received fellowships for exemplary donations. The number of stones correlates with the cumulative amount of their Foundation giving. Those awardees included: Three stones, Burt Ritchie; two stones, Dick Crawford, Joe Losquadro; one stone, Jim Ash, Sharon Broom, Betty Bryer, Nancy Corliss, Bill Eisele, Barbara Fox, Dick Fox, Annette Higgins, Mike Madell, Marc Perry, Dean Read, Ken Smith.

Paul Harris Fellow recognition is given in appreciation to anyone who contributes, outright or cumulatively (or in whose name is contributed), a gift of US $1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or the World Fund, or as a sponsor portion of a Foundation grant. The recognition consists of a certificate and pin.

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