During a luncheon Wednesday, March 12, at the Yosemite Gateway Resturaunt, the Oakhurst Sierra Rotary announced the Bussiness of the Year and presented 11 new Paul Harris Fellows with plagues and certificates for their continued community support.
Colette Goga, owner of Oakhurst Feed and Pet Supply, was awarded Business of the Year and was presented her award by Oakhurst Sierra Rotary President Doug Macaulay.
Along with Goga, 11 community members were recognized as Paul Harris Fellows for their sacrifices and commitments to the community.
This year's recipients include:
Tom Wheeler, who received his first Paul Harris award for his monetary donations to the club, Darin Soukup, Travis Papike, Tyler Papike, Shawna Petrushkin, Betty Linn, Thomas Welch, Tim Agee, Erin Jackson, Jeffrey Jackson, and Carolyn Enlow.
Paul Harris Fellows recognition plagues are given out to Rotary members after $1,000 has been donated in their name to the Rotary Foundation either in one sum or by cumulative donations over the years.
Following their first recognition, in a unique and selfless act, the Oakhurst Rotary nominates a Paul Harris Fellow from the community to be recognized in place of recognizing a member multiple times.
The individuals from the community who are chosen by the donating body are awarded for their hard work and dedication to the community. Each individual was acknowledged by a Rotary member who had previously received the award as a way of paying it forward.
Also present at the luncheon was Rotary International District 5220 Governor Marvin Williamson who helped present awards to each individual.
Rotary is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.