The Bradley Sunrise Rotary Club ended a month celebrating the Rotary Foundation’s work by hearing a personal story of how much participating in the foundation can mean to one person.
Cheryl Dunson, one of the Club’s directors, shared her story about becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.
In order to reach that achievement, a member must donate $1,000 to the foundation.
She recalled her first Paul Harris Fellow ceremony where the late Freda Ayscue was presented her commendation for her “tireless and unlimited work for the American Cancer Society.”
“I remember saying to myself, ‘I want to be like Freda. I want to make a difference in people’s lives,’” Dunson said.
It was then she began making her quarterly donation of $25 to the foundation, which led to her first Paul Harris Fellow award.
Dunson noted all the good things the foundation has done through Sunrise Rotary.
“Because of the monetary gifts to the foundation, Bradley Sunrise has received funding to help purchase a bus for a children’s orphanage in India,” Dunson said. “We’ve also received grant money to install a water system in Honduras, and we’re preparing to secure a global grant for a water well in Togo, Africa.”
She said when it came time to make this year’s donation she began to wonder in whose honor that gift would be given.
“This person, this Rotarian, has dedicated more than 25 years of their life to Christian and humanitarian missions locally and throughout the world,” Dunson said. “In addition to their three biological children, he and his wife saved the life of a baby Guatemalan girl 22 years ago, and since then they have loved her, raised her and educated her.”
Dunson then presented the symbols of being a Paul Harris Fellow to Dr. Bill Johnson, who practices as SkyRidge Medical Center and gives much of his time to Broad Street Methodist Church where he leads the Helping Hands ministry.
The Rotarians also presented a grant of $400 to the LifeBridges program and a grant of $1,500 to the Living Water Mission International Foundation.
The club also announced tickets are now available for the Sunrise Sunset Gala to be held Saturday, June 14, 2014. The guest speaker will be South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier.
More information on the Gala can be obtained at the Club’s web site at bradleysunriserotary.com.