Jerry Shannon named Sunrise Rotary’s Rotarian of the Year
by CHRISTY ARMSTRONG, Banner Staff Writer
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JERRY SHANNON was named Rotarian of the Year at the most recent meeting of the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club. From left are Pat Fuller, club president; Shannon; Tyler, Shannon’s son; and Nancy, Shannon’s wife. Banner photo, CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
JERRY SHANNON was named Rotarian of the Year at the most recent meeting of the Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club. From left are Pat Fuller, club president; Shannon; Tyler, Shannon’s son; and Nancy, Shannon’s wife. Banner photo, CHRISTY ARMSTRONG
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At their last meeting of the fiscal year, members of the Bradley Sunrise Rotary club recognized some of their own who had served the community.

The club inducted a new member, awarded a Paul Harris Fellowship and gave out its Rotarian of the Year award.

Jerry Shannon was announced as the club’s Rotarian of the Year.

Originally from Old Fort, Shannon is now a Cleveland resident and owner of local advertising company Shannon & Associates.

Club President Pat Fuller said Shannon had “generously contributed several hundred hours” to the club’s efforts throughout the year.

Fuller spoke of the importance of club members using whatever skills they have to further the club’s mission. She said Shannon used his skills to design the club’s website and promotional materials for events.

“This is where Jerry really makes the club shine,” Fuller said.

His wife, Nancy, and Tyler, one of his two sons, attended to help him celebrate.

Shannon said he was both grateful for and surprised about receiving the award that morning. He said his wife tipped him off when she attended the meeting with him.

In addition to giving him a plaque, Fuller said the club had donated $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation in Shannon’s honor.

Club member Bob Sain awarded fellow Rotarian Jerry Franitza with a Paul Harris fellowship.

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition is awarded to those who have either donated at least $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation or had someone else do so in their name. Those who donate can either have the recognition for themselves or give it away to honor someone else.

Sain said he was especially impressed by Franitza’s work with Habitat for Humanity of Cleveland.

Franitza said he also appreciated the club’s efforts to help the organization for which he works.

Members of the club have taken part in Habitat for Humanity house building.

The club also inducted new member, Tom Reese.

Reese, originally from North Carolina, hails from an engineering background and currently owns a Cleveland hearing aid business called Hearing Solutions.

He said he enjoyed the club’s “Christian atmosphere,” with each club meeting beginning with the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer, and its emphasis on helping the community.

Fuller said Reese was the 20th new member the club had inducted during its fiscal year ending this month.

The Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club is a local community service organization that meets weekly and is made up of people from various career fields.