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Springfield Rotary Club honors 4 women with service awards

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Four local residents were honored for their service to the community Tuesday night.

"Service above self,"  that's the Rotary Club's Motto. 

Rotary Clubs present their Paul Harris Fellow Awards to men and women who have achieved the highest standards of service over self.

This year, the Paul Harris honors went to two members of the American Red Cross, and two past Rotarians.

Beverly Jennings was honored posthumously, and it was an emotional moment for James Russel who has been a rotary member for 55-years.

"I am a Paul Harris recipient five times and tonight is very special," said Russel.

Mary Nathan, the emergency services director for the American Red Cross of Western Massachusetts, has been chosen along with Brenda Brouillette, the Red Cross's regional Massachusetts case manager.

Both women have assisted numerous families whose lives have been devastated by fires and other catastrophes.

"We're up to about 120 house fires just this fiscal year alone, and when we're not we're constantly busy responding to disasters that are unpredictable," said Nathan. "We're doing a home campaign where we're installing smoke alarms free of charge."

For recipient Laurie Rosner, serving the community is something that comes naturally.

"You're part of the community, you're part of the fabric of the community, so you don't even think about it being service because you're part of the fabric here, you want to pay it forward," said Rosner.

Tuesday night's event also served as a fundraiser for the club, which works with many local charities.


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