The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary Club held its annual Paul Harris banquet at Copetown Woods Golf Course where it bestowed Paul Harris Fellows on a number of community and club members.
A Paul Harris Fellowship can be awarded whenever a $1,000 contribution is made to The Rotary Foundation. Club members Glen Mumberson and Ralph Montesanto were recognized as multiple Paul Harris Fellows for their continued support of TRF. Along with supporting local and international Rotary service projects, TRF strives for the global elimination of polio. This year the club donated $1,500 to TRF for polio eradication and another $7500 for other service projects.
The club selected a number of individuals to be Paul Harris Fellows for the work they do in the community. Tom Tustian has served on the board of directors for Dundas Community Services and is presently one of its friendly visitors. He was on the board of the Dundas Museum and is on its marketing committee. Tustian also served as president of the Civitan Club.
Another recipient is Rob Roi a long-time art teacher in the community. Roi was coordinator of art for the Wentworth County Board of Education and an instructor with the Dundas Valley School of Art. Roi is also the curator of a monthly art exhibit at St. James Anglican Church where he is a vocational deacon. He uses his talents in puppetry, craft and song along with his dramatic voice to bring scripture to life to the children and church community.
The third recipient is Wayne Gale, president of Stokes Seeds in Thorold. Gale is a member of the project team leading Tomatosphere. His company supplies the tomato seeds used in countless classrooms in both Canada and the United States. His efforts helped the project win the National Science and Engineering award in 2012, and through his continued efforts, he is helping to further expand the project into the US.
The club also presented Paul Harris Fellows to husband and wife team, David and Sue Carson. David is a member of the Sunrise club and is a leader with Dundas in Transition, the Good Food Box and the Rotary Sunrise Community Garden. He is a member of the 50 Year Visioning Committee of the Hamilton Conservation Authority, Hamilton 350 and the Hamilton City Food Security Committee. Sue is an avid knitter of hats, scarves and mittens for needy children and an initiator of ECOWHAM – a Dundas and West Hamilton group concerned with education on ecological issues. She is a member of KAIROS an organization dedicated to social justice and a member of the Anglican Diocese of Niagara Outreach Committee on Poverty. She also collects books for Women‘s Prison and delivers for Meals on Wheels.
The sixth recipient is Barbara Montesanto. a long-time driver for Dundas Community Services, taking seniors and others unable to drive to medical appointments, grocery stores or pharmacies. For the past nine years, she has volunteered her car and her time to make multiple weekly trips to the greater Hamilton/Burlington area.
The club’s Paul Harris celebration always includes a guest speaker. This year, Dr. Mike Dixon, professor in the School of Environmental Science and Director of the Controlled Environment System Research Facility University of Guelph spoke of Canada’s contribution to international space science in life support. Dixon is also the principal investigator of the Tomatosphere Project that involves 17,500 classrooms actively researching tomato seed growth for future space travel.