Fifty community volunteers honored by Rotary Club

Fifty community volunteers honored by Rotary Club

LINCOLN – The Rotary Club of Cumberland-Lincoln honored 50 local volunteers with Paul Harris Fellowships at a special event Sunday, April 28, at the Twin River Event Center. About 300 persons were on hand.

Rotary International has l.2 million members with 34,430 clubs in 133 countries around the world. Founded in Chicago in 1905, it has as its motto “Service Above Self,” the theme for the local club’s special event. Paul Harris was Rotary’s founder.
The local celebration came courtesy of two longtime Rotary Club members, Norman Saute and Ann Brown, of Cumberland. Through significant donations made through the years to The Rotary Foundation, the pair had accumulated the 50 fellowships, which were given to family and local volunteers, honoring all for their public service and community volunteerism.

Said Saute, “This historical event is my opportunity to give the honorees a Paul Harris Fellowship for their commitment of ‘Service Above Self’ in the Cumberland and Lincoln communities. Working together makes a difference for those who give and those who receive.”

Added Brown, “During my years in Rotary, I have witnessed over and over again, how individuals in both the Cumberland and Lincoln communities have given of themselves by volunteering for organizations or programs and this is our way of saying ‘thank you’ for thinking of others and for being there by helping out and getting the work completed.”

Other members of the local club, including President Scott Miller, Tim Draper, Allan Bellows, Jim Stewart, Henry Gonsalves and Tom Ward, served on the planning committee.
Master of ceremonies was Past District Gov. William R. Vangel Jr. of the Scituate Rotary. Other honored guests included:

• District Gov. Joseph and Geraldine Clancy
• Michael K. McGovern, R.I. Trustee 2012-2016, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine
• Jenna Archuleta, R.I. Major Gift Officer
• Past R.I. Director Ken and Ruth Grabeau
• Past R.I. Director David and Penny Linett

The Honorees were:

Michael J. Boday, Cumberland, music educator
Karen Cabatingan, Cumberland, Girl Scouts of America
James Cadden, Cumberland, Boys & Girls Club volunteer
Patricia Choiniere, Lincoln, Valentine Whitman House
Ronald Chudy, Lincoln, town and Albion volunteer
Alice Clemente, Cumberland Land Trust
Rev. Thomas Conboy Jr., Cumberland, Friends of the Library, Boys & Girls Club, chaplain
Jack Costa, Cumberland, longtime volunteer
Antonio J. Costa, Cumberland, longtime volunteer
Richard Daignault, Lincoln, CYO volunteer
Patricia Draper, Cumberland, religious education leader
Frank Dupuis, Lincoln, longtime volunteer
Linda Fagundes, Cumberland, Team in Training volunteer
Theresa A. Farrell, Lincoln, St. James Church volunteer
Robin Farrell, Lincoln, St. James Church volunteer
Tina Fogell, Cumberland schools volunteer
Frank Geary, Cumberland, longtime conservation volunteer
Julie M. Guerin, Cumberland, longtime conservation volunteer
Russell Gusetti, Pawtucket, arts volunteer; Blackstone River Theatre
Keith Hainley, Woonsocket, longtime conservation volunteer
Kathryn Hartley, Lincoln, Hearthside House
Ralph Jordan, Cumberland, R.I. Hospital volunteer
Thomas M. Kenwood, Cumberland, volunteer road races coordinator
Patricia Kilsey, Lincoln, educational volunteer
Joyce Hindle Koutsogiane, Cumberland, volunteer director, Arnold Mills 4th of July Parade
Patricia Lambrou, Cumberland, PTO and parish volunteer
Marti Lebeaux, Lincoln, volunteer for the needy
John Marsland, Cumberland, volunteer, Blackstone River recreation and conservation
Frank Matta, Cumberland, volunteer, Blackstone River recreation and conservation
Thomas Miller, Cumberland, longtime volunteer electrician for CumberlandFest
Georgina Hepburn-Morris, Lincoln, music volunteer
Joseph W. Pailthorpe, Cumberland Land Trust, Foundation
Rhea Bouchard Powers, Cumberland, Woonsocket Adopt-A-Family
David Sale, Lincoln, coordinating town volunteer efforts
Karen Saucier, Cumberland Land Trust founder
Scott R. Schmitt, Cumberland youth baseball volunteer leader
John Sharkey, Lincoln Little League volunteer leader
Sandra Soares, Cumberland, Woonsocket Adopt-A-Family
James Sullivan, Cumberland, Boy Scouts of America
Lee Valentini, Lincoln, volunteer court appointed advocate
Patricia Walsh, Lincoln, high school volunteer
Anne Lee White, Boys & Girls Club volunteerism
Beverly Wootton, Cumberland, youth flag football league founder
Peter Zeiger, Cumberland, road race volunteer, swim coach

Also, Saute and Brown awarded fellowships to their children, all active in their own communities. They are:
Colleen Brown, Cumberland; Paul E. Brown Jr., Smithfield; Jon Saute, Cleveland Heights, Ohio; N. Calvin Saute, Scituate; Robert Saute, New York, N.Y.; Lea Winifred Steibel, Valencia, Pa.

The local club meets Mondays at noon at Amica Insurance, Building 100, Lincoln. Anyone who may be interested in visiting the club may e-mail club Treasurer Tom Ward at . To learn more about Rotary, visit .