TROY - If you see Desiree Rockwell of Granville Summit, don't forget to congratulate her. She has been named a Paul Harris Fellow by the Troy Rotary Club.

Recently, I talked with Desiree about her prestigious award, which she was presented earlier this fall. In an email, she told me how happy it made her to be selected for the accolade.

"It was a great honor to receive this award," Desiree said. "I was truly humbled."

The Troy Rotary Club presents the award to a member of the club "who has distinguished themselves with community service."

According to the Rotary Club, Paul Harris founded Rotary in 1905 as a service organization.

"Today, it is a world wide organization with over one million members. In his honor, individual Rotary clubs choose a Paul Harris Fellow. This person must meet the high professional and personal standards set by the founder."

In a prepared statement, the Troy Rotary Club praised Desiree:

"She is a former Rotary Club President, serving two terms and has been instrumental in the Pennsylvania Heritage Festival success."

In addition, the Rotary Club noted that Desiree was "a very capable executive director of Partners in Family & Community Development," and she has "far exceeded all the qualifications for this award." Desiree left Partners in Family & Community Development, based in Towanda, in August, and has since taken a new job as a grants administrator for the Nurse-Family Partnership at Memorial Hospital in Towanda.

The Rotary club thanked Desiree for her "years of dedication to the work of the Troy Rotary Club."

Looking back, Desiree noted that the Troy Rotary Club joined forces with the Bradford County Heritage Association in 2006 to host the Pennsylvania Heritage Festival. At that time, she was the president of the Rotary Club as well as the president of the Bradford County Heritage Association (Troy Farm Museum). She chaired the festival for six out of the seven years it's been held.

Desiree said she enjoyed taking part in the many service projects for the community while serving as president of the Troy Rotary Club. She said it's a lot of fun presenting dictionaries to students in the Troy and Canton area school districts for the club's annual dictionary project. She said she also is proud of the club's Armchair Races, which is a local fundraiser, and the club's annual Easter Egg Hunt at Alparon Park in Troy. She remains active with the Rotary Club as a member. She added that the Rotary Club also provides funding to local community groups that request assistance.

Desiree added, "I would like to make note that I could not have done any of this without the support and love from my family, especially my parents...Dan T. Spencer (who passed away in November 2003) and Patricia (Haxton) Spencer and the support, involvement and most of all understanding of my husband, Douglas Rockwell, and our children."

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