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W’loo Rotary announces new Paul Harris Fellows

One can be counted on to head a committee when needed. One is active in many community organizations. And one is a “get ‘er done” guy. John Stoughtenger, Doris Wolf and Chris Shaffer were honored by Waterloo Rotary as the club’s newest Paul Harris Fellows at their changeover dinner June 20. Named for the founder of Rotary International, it is Rotary’s highest honor. “We are pleased to honor these three outstanding club members, who in their own very different ways, make a valuable contribution to our club and help us serve our community,” said outgoing President Paula Kenny. John Stoughtenger can be counted on to step up to the plate to head whatever project is happening, whether it is the food booth at Empire Farm Days, the first year of the Carp Derby or our ink cartridge recycling program, said Rotary past president Bill Sigrist. Stoughtenger is deeply involved in the Rotary Youth Exchange program, and has played many roles on the club and district level. In the community, Stoughtenger is involved in the revitalization of the Waterloo Business and Professional Association, Celebrate Commemorate, and Real Christmas. “He has a hard time saying no when he’s asked to help,” Sigrist said. “He truly exemplifies the Rotary motto of Service Above Self.” Stoughtenger, who co-owns Nan John Fine Arts with his wife, Nancy, is the club’s president elect.Doris Wolf, who received her third Paul Harris award, is involved in many community organizations, from writing the History of Waterloo to organizing the Celebrate Commemorate parade each year, and is the founder of Trevor’s Gift backpack feeding program all of which she has done with her co-chair, Kaaren Gerlach, said president Jane Shaffer. Wolf lends her public relations skills as a media liaison for many community organizations. She is especially involved with the Red Cross, having served as a VISTA Volunteer twice, been a volunteer on several national disasters, served as the local chapter’s media liaison and instructed countless numbers of school children and adults in first aid and preparedness. A retired newspaper reporter, she publishes the Rotary newsletter each week, and has served as foundation chair and past president for the club. The symbol of Rotary is the cog wheel, said District Governor Elect Ellen Hughes, but some say it should be the empty chair, because so many people are members, but don’t attend meetings. That could describe Paul Harris honoree Chris Shaffer, she said. Shaffer agreed, describing himself as “not one to sit and eat dinner, but one to be there and get things done.”He’s a Rotarian who is always working, whether he’s building walls for the Halloween maze, building bridges for the canalway trail, pounding stakes at the Easter egg hunt or weighing carp at the Carp Derby, in the 11 years he’s been a Rotarian, Shaffer has compiled an unmatched history of service, Hughes said.If you need brains, brawn, or just a good friend, Rotarian Chris Shaffer is the one to call, she said. Shaffer is a project coordinator and safety officer at Sessler Wrecking.The club also installed officers for the coming year. They are: Jane Shaffer, president; John Stoughtenger, president elect; Bill Sigrist, vice president; Ellen Hughes, secretary, Interact; Michele Zwick, treasurer; Jeff Cassim, foundation director; Kathy Sigrist, service director; Coreen Lowry, membership director; Paula Kenny, youth exchange; Doris Wolf, public relations; Jim Hughes, Rotary Youth Leadership; Nancy Stoughtenger, sunshine; Bill Velte, historian, recycling; Stephanie Ross, sergeant at arms; Bill Sigrist, programs; Katie Nelson, literacy; Mike Davis, webmaster; and John Kenny, Camp Onseyawa.Waterloo Rotary meets every Monday at 6:30 at the Holiday Inn.. New members are always welcome.

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