Rotary accepts Saskatchewan Premier’s Service Club Award

The busy Rotary Club of the Battlefords was at it again this past week, completing some ceremonial business.

Acting past president Warren Williams was master of ceremonies on Monday at the Western Development Museum, and made a number of comments on the Rotary’s work, along with some jokes about outgoing president Wayne Ray.

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It was a big night for Williams, as he also earned a Paul Harris Fellow award.

Battlefords MLA Herb Cox commended the organization, listing the major projects the Rotary Club contributed to over the years.

Cox was also on hand to award a Saskatchewan Premier’s Service Club Award, dedicated to, as Premier Scott Moe said in a press release, clubs that “demonstrate what selflessness truly means and [whose] actions contribute to the strength of our province.” Ray accepted the award.

Ray mentioned the global presence of the Rotary Club, and said he felt a sense of connection to the Rotary wheel symbol seen in newscasts when disaster strikes around the world.

Gary Gansauge won the organization’s integrity award. Ray recognized Gansauge’s contribution to the musical community of the Battlefords, among other things.

The Rotary Club of the Battlefords began in 1920, and the club will celebrate its 100th anniversary next year.

International Rotary Clubs have participated in a number of social initiatives, including raising money toward the eradication of polio.

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