Kenora Rotarians are remembering the legacy of Paul Harris by honouring long-time volunteers Laurine Goerzen and Todd Penner.
Goerzen has spent 35 years volunteering in the Kenora and Lake of the Woods Region for a number of different charitable causes. She has been the driving force and main volunteer behind the planning and delivery of Kenora’s Terry Fox Run since 1984. She has been a tireless volunteer for the Longbow Lake Volunteer Fire Department for 22 years and became volunteer treasurer in 2005. She has also been a volunteer for the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life, Kenora Borealis Sports Club, Children’s Wish Foundation (Kenora Chapter) and Kenora Soccer Association.
Penner, who has taught 25 years at Beaver Brae Secondary School, coached soccer for 11 years, led the school’s Crime Stoppers Student Committee and sponsored the Reach for the Top academic trivia competitive team. Outside of school he contributes to the life of the church to which he belongs and has graced the TryLight Theatre stage and the Guys and Gals choral group. His earliest experience with Rotary was as a student from Lakewood High School attending MUNA (Model United Nations Assemby) in Winnipeg in 1978 or 1979, representing Iraq. In 2010, he became a councillor for a MUNA team from Beaver Brae and did so again 2012, then 2015 to present.
Paul Harris founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905. The fellowship program was established in 1957 to honour Harris and to express appreciation for voluntary US $1,000 donations to the humanitarian and education programs of the Rotary Foundation. The local Rotary Club has utilized its recognition for select designates since 1990.
“It is a privilege that we can recognize the contributions that Todd Penner and Laurine Goerzen have made to Kenora and to have the club present them with their Paul Harris Fellowship Awards,” said John Dahl, a former president of the Rotary Club of Kenora and member of the Rotary Club of Kenora Foundation Committee, which organized Monday’s event.
(Submitted by Kenora Rotary Club)