Newsmakers: Rock Hill Rotary Club club members honored

May 24, 2014 

• The Rotary Club of Rock Hill recognized community and club members at its recent Awards Dinner at the City Club.

The “Rotarian of the Year” award recognized Debbie Abels, president and publisher of The Herald, for her efforts to organize and re-invigorate the club during her tenure as club president in 2012-2013 and as membership chair. She was presented as a Paul Harris Fellow, the highest honor given to a Rotarian.

“Shooting Star” awards were given to Stephanie White, service projects chair, and Philip Land whose participation in club activities was outstanding.

The Rotary Club awarded scholarships to Rotary Youth Leadership Award winners Claire Robinson, who attends Northwestern High School, and Jon Paul Montgomery, who attends Rock Hill High School. They will attend a week-long session of leadership training hosted by Erskine College.

The Wheeler Dealer Award, recognizing a member who went “above and beyond” in their club role, was given to public relations chair Rachel Ouellette.

The Worthy Boys and Girls Camp, the Club’s “signature charity” award, was presented to Master Police Officer Angie Wells, Sgt. Smith, Sgt. Grayson, and Chief Watts.

Certificates were presented to 27 members who have been in the Rotary Club 25 years or longer.

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•  Rachel Newcomb, daughter of Bud Newcomb and Lorraine Gorrell of Edgemoor, was awarded a Distinguished Alumni Award by the Duke TIP program at Duke University. A Rock Hill native, Newcomb attended TIP for three summers. She currently is an associate professor of anthropology and the Diane and Michael Maher Chair of Distinguished Teaching at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla. She holds degrees from Davidson College, Johns Hopkins University, and earned her Ph.D at Princeton University.

•  Riley Grace Clontz, 6, daughter of Tiffany and Roger Clontz of York, has been selected as a state finalist in the National American Miss South Carolina pageant, which will be June 13-15 in Greenville.

• Ciara Rae Fichera, 13, daughter of Rita Fichera of York, has been selected as a state finalist in the National American Miss South Carolina pageant, which will be June 13-15 in Greenville.

•  Adam R. Hawthorne, son of Robert and Vonda Hawthorne of Rock Hill, was selected to attend the South Carolina Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership seminar at Erskine College in Due West. He is a student at Northwestern High School and one of 130 students selected from South Carolina to attend.

• The Rock Hill Chapter of the American Association of University Women recently recognized three women with named gifts of $500 to the AAUW Foundation.

Ann Scott Terry was honored for her work at the state, local and national levels of AAUW. She has served as president at both local and state levels and has edited the newsletter for nearly 20 years.

Caroline Krueger was honored for her work as director of the Oakland Baptist Ministry Center Clothing Project. Last year the center provided free clothing, household goods and furniture to more than 6,000 York County residents.

Susan Bell Lyman was honored for 16 years of dedication to the social work program at Winthrop University. She has served as a board member and executive committee member of the South Carolina Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers and a commissioner on the Rock Hill Commission for Children and Youth.

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