Memorial Paul Harris Given in Memory of Rotarian Willie Cheslock

Each Year the Dryden Rotary Club   celebrates the founding of Rotary International by remembering its founder Paul Harris. This year the 111th Anniversary of Rotary was no exception as a formal dinner was held at The Centre. The highlight of the evening was the awarding of 7 Paul Harris Fellowships.  
Three fellowships were awarded to Rotarians Anna Triani, Elaine Thompson and Jack McMaster. Rotarians earn Paul Harris awards when they have contributed $1000.00 USD to The Rotary Foundation. A fourth Dryden Rotarian, Carl Eisener, earned a Paul Harris pin for his contribution, however, he was on holiday and was not able to attend to receive it.


Anna Triani receives her Paul Harris pin

V.P. Ed Iskra presents Elaine Tompson with fourth Paul Harris Pin

Club President Jack McMaster receives his Paul Harris award 

The Club awarded Freda Cheslock with a Paul Harris Fellowship in memory of her husband Wilmer 'Willy' Cheslock

Dr. Karen Mazurski receives PHF pin

Freda Cheslock receives certificate

Ed awards Wendy Wiedenhoeft

Bill Salonen receives his award as Wendy looks on

Each year club members nominate Dryden citizens who have voluntarily gone the extra mile to make Dryden a better place to live. Rotary lives by two motto’s “Service Above Self” and “Do Good in the World” the motto of The Rotary Foundation. Rotarians believe each year’s recipients demonstrate both these characteristics and are deserving of a Paul Harris Fellowship in honour of their sacrifice for the common good. This year’s honours went to: Dr. Karen Mazurski for her dedication to patients and the betterment of health in Dryden; Wendy Wiedenhoft for her leadership in our schools, the Lions’ Club, the CNIB and as chair of the Dryden Entertainment; and finally Bill Salonen for his leadership as an educator, local politician and his many endeavours in the field of athletics.
Finally during this pass year Dryden Rotary lost the services of Wilmer ‘Willy’ Cheslock. In his memory a Paul Harris Fellow was awarded to his wife Freda.
(L-R) AG Fred Wright, Pres. Jack Mcmaster, Exchange student Sandra, Donna Krebs, DG Ken Krebs, VP Ed iskra
Many special guests attended this year’s awards. Many Rotarians and special recipients were accompanied by their spouses or friends. Of special note were Mayor Greg Wilson, who brought greetings and congratulations from the City of Dryden; District 5550 Governor Ken Krebs of Gimli Manitoba, who spoke on the role of The Rotary Foundation. Ken was accompanied by his wife Donna who also happened to be celebrating her 71st birthday. Also in attendance was Assistant Governor Fred Wright of Kenora.
Videos of the mayors speech, DG Ken’s speech and the Awards are available below.