Seven Knaresborough Rotarians have been rewarded with Paul Harris Fellowships

Tue, Aug 10th 2021 at 3:07 pm- Sun, Jan 2nd 2022 - 5:07 pm

Named for Paul Harris the Founder of Rotary, the Fellowship is the highest award given to Rotarians, marking their contributions to the life and work of Rotary over a number of years.


Seven Knaresborough Rotarians have been rewarded with Paul Harris Fellowships for outstanding service. Named for Paul Harris the Founder of Rotary, the Fellowship is the highest award given to Rotarians, marking their contributions to the life and work of Rotary over a number of years. Two members, Hazel Haas and Brian Souter, who were already Paul Harris Fellows were awarded a second fellowship and upgraded to Sapphire wards. Both have been Rotarians for 27 years and have both been President of two separate clubs. Hazel Haas is a Rotary Past District Governor, District Chair of Rotary’s Peace Scholars, Chair of Knaresborough Christmas Market committee, Secretary of the Town Twinning committee, Principal coordinator for teams marshalling the Covid vaccinations in Harrogate, a member of the Chamber of Trade committee dealing with the weekly market in Knaresborough, and a member of Knaresborough Connectors, coordinating the response to the pandemic. Brian Souter continues to serve Knaresborough Rotary Club and the wider community with distinction. He has been the voice and communicator for the club for many years. Responsible for cementing an excellent relationship with local schools, he is known for his tremendous fund-raising efforts. Organiser of a Sunday tea party group for the elderly and a History of Art group for Harrogate U3A during the pandemic he co-ordinated the provision of Laptops for schools. Helen Westmancoat worked tremendously hard as President during the most difficult of years and has been involved in the local community working on several fronts, including Food banks and leading a team supervising the organising of Covid vaccinations. Outside of Rotary she has been a popular and hard-working District Scout Commissioner. Helen’s adventurous spirit is demonstrated in the more than of 40 sky dives completed benefitting many charities. Retired accountant Leslie Couldwell, a Knaresborough Rotarian for 26 years, enthusiastically took on the Presidency for a second term, only to discover that Covid took over six months into office. Undeterred, difficulties were swept aside, and full involvement continued with contact being maintained with all members. Leslie served as assistant secretary for a number of years and as chairman of ‘club service’. An enthusiastic Thespian, Leslie is involved in the production of the annual pantomime with the Whixley players. Since joining Rotary Mike Dixon has brought an enthusiastic commitment to each and every task, Chairing the Domestic, Membership Events and Fundraising committees, and presently the International committee. Mike enjoyed a most successful Presidential year. A trustee of Knaresborough Relief in Need assisting with grants to those in financial difficulties. Involved with gifts to underprivileged children at Christmas and with Christmas parcels for the elderly. Heavily involved with the Wensleydale, and a supervisor for a team running the Covid vaccinations, Mike enjoys singing and is a member of local choirs.A past president of the Headingley club, David Kaye, has been a Rotarian for 36 years. The Rotary organiser for the Knaresborough Bed Race for many years, working closely with the Lions. David organised the successful installation of the commemorative Maundy stone at Knaresborough Castle. David served as Chairman of Physionet, organising visits to other clubs to promote the charity. A highly respected member of The Funeral Directors Association. Jim Moorhouse served the club with distinction, accepting and undertaking with great enthusiasm and humour the Presidency for two consecutive years. Jim served as Assistant Secretary for two years and returned to chair Membership Events and Fundraising committee he has assisted with Physionet for several years. He has worked on the Knaresborough Xmas Market Committee organising the entertainment. Rotary is a global community of 1.2 million members who share similar values and want to make the world a better place. The award is given to show appreciation and recognition for the service given to national and international as well as to their Rotary Club and local community.

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Rotary Paul Harris Fellowship recipients, left to right: Leslie Couldwell, Hazel Haas, Mike Dixon, Helen Westmancoat, David Kaye and Brian Souter

Named for Paul Harris the Founder of Rotary, the Fellowship is the highest award given to Rotarians, marking their contributions to the life and work of Rotary over a number of years.

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New Knaresborough Rotarian David Moon receives covid elbow bumps from Past President Helen Westmancoat and President David Druett as they welcome him to Rotary International.

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Knaresborough Rotary President Helen Westmancoat is to jump out of an aeroplane to raise much needed funds for the organisation. Like so many charities, Rotary fundraising events have been stopped by the Covid19 virus pandemic.

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