TROY ROTARIANS RECOGNIZED AS ‘PAUL HARRIS FELLOWS’
October 2, 2014
TROY, OH <2 October 2014> - Troy Rotary Club’s mission is to encourage members to be focused on socio/economic issues that have an impact both locally and internationally...and they mean it. Recently, club past presidents Jill Wilson and John Haller were recognized as “Paul Harris Fellows,” thanks to their contributions to the The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Established in 1957, the Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. These funds are used for Rotary’s Ambassadorial Scholarships each year to encourage graduate-level studies at universities around the world. With this recognition, Wilson and Haller join a prestigious group of donors. The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the 1,000,000 mark in 2006 and continues to grow each year.
Wilson, retired Troy City Schools Director of Curriculum and Instruction as well as Kyle Elementary school principal, was club president in 2012-13. In recent years, she has been a strong advocate for the Rotary-sponsored summer camp at Brukner Nature Center as it allows students from Garden Manor to learn about wildlife and conservancy. Her fellow Rotarians recognized her as the club’s “Woman of the Year” in 2000, and she was honored as “Miami County Woman of Excellence” in 2006. She’s a nationally ranked horsewoman, having achieved a number of successes at equine events this year, including two Grand Champion wins at the Ohio State Fair this Summer and first place wins in two classes at the Dayton Horse Show in July. Along with her involvement in Rotary, Wilson holds board positions for several nonprofit groups in the Miami County area.
Haller, a financial advisor with Wright-Patt Credit Union in Troy and past president of both the Greenville and Troy Rotary clubs, is now an Assistant District Governor for Rotary International. This position keeps him traveling to area club meetings throughout the year, assisting club officers with programs and membership. He joined Rotary in 1995 and has served as the chair for the annual 4-Way Test Speech Contest for area high school students for several years. Haller also leads the annual Troy Rotary cleanup effort on a two-mile section of State Route 55 between Troy and Casstown under the Ohio Department of Transporation’s “Adopt a Highway” program. He is a Rotary Foundation sustaining member and joined the Paul Harris Society this year. Haller is a proud veteran of the United States Air Force and Troy resident.
Locally, Rotarians contribute to the Troy Rotary Foundation to support several community projects each year. In 2013-14, more than $11,000 in scholarships and community aid was distributed from the fund, including providing opportunities for local Troy students to attend summer camps at Brukner Nature Center and Waco Air Museum. Follow their activities on Facebook at Troy Rotary Club. To learn more about Rotary and membership, please visit www.troyohiorotary.org.