DeBoer presented with Four-Way Test Award

The Crookston Rotary Club recently held its annual awards dinner. At the event, four Rotarians were awarded Paul Harris Fellow certificates and pins. They were Todd Cavalier, Megan Benoit, Michelle Miller, and Margee Keller.

    The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name equaling at least $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International annually. It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships.

    Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the Rotary International Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion.

    At the dinner, Rotary President Megan Benoit gave thanks to Rotarians serving on the board of directors in 2017-18, including Jess Bengtson, Heidi Guggisburg-Conners, Mary Cavalier, Krista Proulx, Margee Keller, Michelle Miller, and Don Cavalier. Benoit also welcomed and congratulated Bengtson as 2018-19 Rotary president.

    The Crookston Rotary also honored Nell DeBoer with the Outstanding Community Service Rotary International District 5580 Four-Way Test Award.

    Rotary is an international organization that emphasizes “service above self” in community and international charitable efforts and stresses integrity in business and personal relationships, through its Four-Way Test. The Four-Way Test is a test of the integrity of the things that we think, say and do: first, it is the truth; second, is it fair to all concerned; third, will it build good will and better friendships; and fourth, will it be beneficial to all concerned.

    DeBoer was nominated and recognized by the Crookston Rotary Club  because she exemplifies these ideals of service and integrity. She has served the community of Crookston faithfully for years heading up many community service efforts especially, Crookston Ox Cart Days. Within Crookston, she has been a reliable “go-to” person for virtually anything that the community of Crookston and the University of Minnesota Crookston needs. Nell has personally made a positive difference to our community and it is a pleasure to work with her for the betterment of Crookston.           

The Rotary Club meets at the Crookston Inn & Convention Center.  Anyone interested in more information may call 289-1776.