Margaretville Rotary Club honors George Levy

By Julia Green
At its annual holiday party at the Binnekill Square Restaurant on Sunday, the Margaretville Rotary Club honored Dr. George Levy with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship award. Levy was presented with a certificate, lapel pin and medallion as emblems of the award.
Dr. Levy, a dentist who practiced locally for many years, joined the Margaretville Rotary Club in 1970 and has been a faithful member for the past 40 years. He served as the organization’s president in 1975. Also during his membership, he served as the long-time program chairman who obtained and scheduled weekly speakers for the Rotary Club.
“George, during his years as a club member, has displayed the characteristics of our Rotary motto: ‘Service above self,’ which is one of the reasons the club chose to honor him with Rotary’s highest honor,” said fellow longtime member and past Paul Harris Fellowship recipient Willis Marks.
Other Margaretville Rotary members who have been honored with the award in the past include Tom Smith and Doug Hinkley.
The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, an attorney who founded Rotary International with three business associates in Chicago, Ill., in 1905. The Paul Harris Fellowship was established in honor of Harris in 1957 with the aim of expressing appreciation for a contribution of $1,000 to the humanitarian and educational programs of The Rotary Foundation. Rotarians also designate a Paul Harris Fellow to recognize another person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace.