Fort Mill Times

3 Lake Wylie Rotarians receive top honors

At its fiscal year-end meeting June 24, the Lake Wylie Rotary Club recognized two Rotarians as a Paul Harris Fellow Award recipients.

Club president Mary Sieck and District 7750 Membership Chairwoman Babette Sabia presented Rob Watson and Pick Freeman with the awards.

“It is because of gifts like the ones made in these gentleman’s honor that The Rotary Foundation is able to carry out an array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world and in our communities,” Sabia said.

The presentation of the Paul Harris Fellow recognition is foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for founder Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self” within the community.

Rotarian Charles Ford also was honored with the Citation of Excellence for his years of unselfish dedication to the ideals of the International Rotary Club. Ford joined the Rotary after his Group Study Exchange in Germany. He was a Rotarian for about eight years in Maine.

He is a charter member and a sustaining member of the Lake Wylie Rotary Club, and served as secretary for two years. He helped the Lake Wylie Club obtain its charter, and guided it through the procedures for membership and board meetings.

The club meets at noon Tuesdays at Good Samaritan United Methodist Church, 5220 Crowders Cove Road. Visit for more information.