A Rotary tradition and a Margaretville tradition were both carried on last month when Gary Marks became the latest local Rotarian to be named a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary tradition is named for the organization’s founder, Paul Harris and acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.
The local tradition was the acknowledgement of decades of community service by Marks, a 39-year member of the local club. In earning the honor, Marks followed in the footsteps of his father, Willis Marks, also a Paul Harris Fellow, who was a 62-year member of the club and brother-in-law Doug Hinkley, a 47-year member.
The Margaretville Club made the donation in Gary’s honor for his exceptional service to the club and to the community. In addition to being named a Paul Harris Fellow, Gary in June 2019 was given an Honorary Membership status in the Margaretville Club. Honorary Membership is the highest distinction that a Club may bestow on a Rotarian and should only be bestowed in exceptional cases for meritorious service in the furtherance of Rotary ideals and for support of the Rotary cause.
During his 39 years in the club, Marks served as President and was always an outstanding fundraiser for the club. The funds he helped raise annually were used to support club-sponsored youth programs, such as the RYLA program, as well as and others.
The Rotary motto of “service above self” and its four-way test, “is it true, is it fair, will it build goodwill and friendship and will it benefit all concerned” are noted trademarks of Gary Marks’ history with the club.