THE presentation of Paul Harris Fellowships, symbolised by the beautiful medallion on a blue and gold ribbon, along with a certificate and lapel pin, is an event of special significance in Rotary.
It was a rare occasion when Alnwick Rotary conferred this honour on a non-Rotarian, Doreen Coleman.
The Fellowship was presented to Mrs Coleman in recognition of her work for many voluntary organisations in the town, particularly her unstinting support and many hours of work for the Alnwick International Music Festival.
Presenting the award, president James Bateman said: “We thank you for your commitment to humanitarian service in keeping with the Rotarian ideals of service above self.”
The Fellowship was established by Rotary International in 1957, initially as recognition of significant contributions to the Rotary Foundation, the registered charity that supports the efforts of Rotarians worldwide.
The Fellowship was named after the Chicago lawyer who founded the Rotary International organisation together with three business associates in 1905.
The Rotary Club of Alnwick meets every Thursday for a 12.30pm lunch at The White Swan and a satellite club meets every other Wednesday at The Oaks.