DUNDEE—Rotarians Bob Taylor and Joan Washburn were honored at a special luncheon in Dundee on Wednesday, June 16 with Rotary’s highest honor, the Paul Harris Fellow designation.
Both Taylor and Washburn are longtime Rotarians and were honored for their service to the community and to the Dundee’s Rotary Club. The presentation was made by the Rochester-area District Governor Mark Wyse.
Wyse said, “This is a very special day for both recipients and a great tribute to the work of two fine individuals.”
Both Taylor and Washburn served as president of the Dundee Rotary Club for a two-year period (Rotary calendar year) from 2007-2009. During that time, the club provided some $8000 in scholarship money for college-bound Dundee students, a low-cost dental clinic was established for needy area patients and dictionaries were purchased and distributed to Dundee elementary students as a part of Rotary International’s Literacy Program.
Rotarians George Lawson and Baird Booth, also Paul Harris Fellows, coordinated the program for Taylor and Washburn. Both presentations included personal comments or notes from family members and friends.
The United States Air Force Color Guard from Niagara Falls was also a part of the program and presented a United States flag to Bob Taylor for his years of service in the Air Force. Taylor is a retired Lt. Colonel from the Air Force.
Washburn’s business associate from Five Star Bank in Bath, Marc Shuart, also attended the meeting. Shuart said, “When you walk into the Dundee Five Star Bank location, you get a sense that this bank is a nice place to do business.”
District Governor Wyse presented both Taylor and Washburn with a Paul Harris Fellow medallion and a bound certificate at the ceremony. The Dundee Rotary Club has also written two $1000 checks in Taylor's and Wasburn's name to the Rotary Foundation for international Rotary projects.