By FRANK PHILLIPS
About 40 Rotarians, their spouses and friends celebrated at Traditions in downtown Brazil Thursday night.
The occasion was the annual dinner for fellowship and to recognize special achievement by the Brazil club members.
The big award, the Paul Harris Fellow, went to Sam Glover, a car salesman for York and a real estate agent with Century 21 Hometown Realtors.
Glover was recognized by last year's recipient, Mary Ann Reed, for his dedication to community and to Rotary.
Glover works in his church, First Church of the Nazarene, was founder and director of the Community Choir and has served twice as president of the Brazil Rotary Club, Reed said.
"I found Rotary at a difficult time in my life and found an outlet for leadership I didn't think I had any more," Glover said, his voice choking with emotion. "God, followed by my children and Rotary mean everything to me."
The Paul Harris Fellow Award is given to Rotarians for their dedication to Rotary International's humanitarian and education programs.
Paul Harris was a founder of Rotary International.
Any Rotarian may become a Paul Harris Fellow by donating $1,000 to Rotary International. But the local club donates $1,000 on behalf of a local Rotarian chosen by past local recipients of the award.
Living recipients include Denzil Adams, Fred Adamson, Mark Adamson, Steve Bell, David Thomas, Virgil Butts, Bart Colwell, John Coughanowr II, Ken Riney, John Thomas, Kenny Crabb, Mike Dalton, Frank Farmer, Jeff Spencer, Jack Stark, Amos Thomas, Eric Wyndham, Ed Deal, Mike Mogan, Dr. Thomas Rohr, Randy Burns, Jerry Laue and Mary Ann Reed.
Susan Thomas received the Past President's Award for her many hours given to service to others through Rotary.
Glover recognized Susan for her years working with the Entertainment Committee for the 4th of July Celebration.
"Whenever she is asked to do anything, she does it," Glover said. "I don't think she has ever refused whenever she was asked."
Ed Deal was recognized with a distinctive service award by Past President Sam Glover.
Deal has had perfect attendance at Rotary meetings for 18 years, despite many personal challenges. With tears in his eyes, Glover said Deal had been an inspiration to himself and many other people.
Former President Sam Crawn recognized Rotarians who sold at least $300 in raffle tickets to support the expenses of the annual 4th of July Celebration at Forest Park. They included Frank Farmer, Ron Harms, Kevin Ruhe, Amos Thomas, John Thomas and Mary Jo Alumbaugh.
Club Secretary Lynsey Lunsford recognized Rotarians with perfect attendance: Bob Webster, Steve Bell, Sam Crawn, Ed Deal, Jim Deal, John Earlywine, frank Farmer, Sam Glover, John Lee, Lynsey Lunsford, Bill Morthland, Mike Petersen, Frank Phillips, Mary Ann reed, Alicia Reed-Thomas, Susan Thomas, Johnnie Tabasco, Amos Thomas (49 years) and John Thomas (57 years).
The crowd dressed in western clothing for a "Hootenany" theme and dined on barbecue served by Pappy's Barbeque, which is expected to open in mid-November in downtown Brazil.
The gathering was emceed by Rotary President John Lee.
In addition to presenting the 4th of July Celebration each year, Rotary gives back to the community thousands of dollars.