Health and Wellness Director Judy Couillard honored by Smoketown Rotary Club as Paul Harris Fellows
Three charter members of the Smoketown Rotary Club of Brunswick, MD have been named Paul Harris Fellows by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in tribute to their club leadership in the formative first five years of the service club. In ceremonies at the Frederick County Public Libraries’ Brunswick Branch, current Rotary Club President Jennifer Lolli-Hall and Past Club Presidents Ernie Stepoulos and Judy Couillard were presented Paul Harris Fellow Award certificates, medallions, and lapel pins, emblematic of the Rotary honor.
The Paul Harris Fellow Award is named for the founder of Rotary International. The Award is presented to individuals who – to quote the purpose of The Rotary Foundation – are “doing good in the world.” A $1,000 contribution to The Rotary Foundation has been made in tribute to each of the Smoketown Rotarians.
Jennifer, Ernie, and Judy have each served for multiple-one-year terms as President of the nascent Rotary Club in Brunswick in the club’s developing years. Chartered in April 2018, the Smoketown Rotary Club will mark its fifth anniversary in 2023. Today’s Smoketown Rotary Club is a revitalization of the original Brunswick Rotary Club, whose storied service history spanned seven decades from 1927 to 1993. The Rotary Club of Carroll Creek sponsored the Smoketown Rotary Club’s charter application in 2018.
The three Club Presidents have imprinted an impactful legacy of community service by the Smoketown Rotary Club – sponsorship of the Brunswick High School Interact Club and the Middletown High School Interact Club, service as C & O Canal Stewards, sponsors of the Maryland Agricultural Education Foundation’s mobile science classroom at Brunswick Elementary School, planting trees in Brunswick municipal parks, scholarships at Brunswick High School, and service initiatives supporting BEACON, the Brunswick Food Bank, the Brunswick Police Department’s canine unit, and the Brunswick Heritage Museum, the Caring Cupboard and Media Center of Brunswick Elementary School, as well as Rotary’s Global Polio Eradication Initiative.