Faulkner, Nesbitt recognized as
'Paul Harris Fellows' by Putnam Rotary

Paul Harris Fellows
Peter Faulkner (left) and Linda Nesbitt are recognized as Paul Harris Fellows by Rotary President Rick Slater.

Local club ranks now include twelve honorees

January 24, 2006

Putnam Rotary at its luncheon meeting today at Sleepy Hollow Country Club recognized Rev. Peter Faulkner< and realtor Linda M. Nesbitt as "Paul Harris Fellows." Their nominations bring to twelve the number in the local group to receive the club's top recognition.

Nesbitt, an agent for Old Colony/GMAC and an educator, has long been a champion of adult literacy programs. A member of the Board of Directors of Literacy Volunteers, she recently presented a gift of $1,000 to the group given in her behalf by Old Colony/GMAC.

Faulkner, a Baptist minister and scholar of Christian doctrine, served for seven years as pastor of People's Baptist Church in Scott Depot. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Putnam Rotary.

Faulkner is also active in several community support projects including outreach prison ministries.

His nomination at a "Paul Harris Fellow" came as an unexpected surprise. Faulkner was sponored by Bob and Mary Keely for his continuing consistent leadership "behind the scenes." He is the first PHF to be sponsored by other club members.

Anyone who contributes or in whose name is contributed a gift of $1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund of Rotary International may become a Paul Harris Fellow.

Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate, a Paul Harris Fellow pin, and a medallion. Donors are eligible for Paul Harris Fellow recognition when their cumulative giving reaches $1,000.

Faulkner and Nesbitt join an elite cadre of "Paul Harris Fellows," which includes Karen Broach, Don Broyles, Herman Dixon, Bob Keely, Mary Keely, Randy Lucas (twice a PHF), Chet Marshall, Lana Newhouse-Taylor, Tom Midkiff and Rick Slater.

Putnam Rotary has eighteen members who are participating in the Every Rotarian Every Year support of the Rotary Foundation leading to the coveted Paul Harris recognition named for the founder of Rotary.

Putnam Rotary ranks second among thirty-two clubs in District 7550 (southern West Virginia) in charitable giving -- both per capita and in total amount contributed.

The top three clubs in giving per member were Matewan at $196.88 per member, followed by Putnam at $96.30, and White Sulphur Springs at $90.74.

The leader in total club giving was Charleston at $7,210.00, followed by Putnam at $4,430.00, and Barboursville at $3,460.00.

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