Local Rotarians Hold Two Ceremonies During January 31 Meeting

Tom Simon, left, Assistant Governor from Rotary District 5512 and a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe, inducted James Wernicke into membership of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos on January 31. To the right are Linda Hull, Club vice-president and Wernicke’s sponsor, and Alison Pannell, Club president.  Wernicke is a LANL scientist and mentors the CoderDojo Los Alamos youth STEM club, coaches the Los Alamos youth rugby club, and builds trails with the Pajarito Trail Builders.  He is especially involved in advocating for small businesses, corporate responsibility, and volunteerism.  Wernicke is married and has two children; all are active outdoor enthusiasts.  Photo by Oliver Morris 

Tom Simon, left, Assistant Governor from Rotary District 5512 and a member of the Rotary Club of Santa Fe, awarded Rotarian Linda Bullock with a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) pin during the January 31 meeting of the Rotary Club of Los Alamos.  The recognition is named after Paul Harris, a Chicago attorney, who founded Rotary in 1905. The PHF recognition was created in Harris’s memory in 1957 as a way to show appreciation for contributions made to The Rotary Foundation’s charitable and educational programs. Photo by Linda Hull

A Paul Harris Fellow is an individual who contributes $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation or in whose name that amount is contributed. The PHF honors an individual’s service to the community and demonstrates significant support for the meaningful work of The Rotary Foundation’s goals of world peace and international understanding.

Donations made to The Rotary Foundation fund Rotary International’s seven Areas of Focus:  

  • Promoting peace;
  • Fighting disease, especially polio;
  • Providing opportunities for clean water, sanitation and hygiene;
  • Supporting education;
  • Saving and enhancing the lives of mothers and children;
  • Growing local economies; and
  • Protecting the environment.

Bullock, who joined the Rotary Club of Los Alamos in December 2022, was recognized with this award through the generosity of Nancy Cerutti, who has been a Rotarian since 1998 and holds seven PHF recognitions.