The Dundas Valley Sunrise Rotary club held its 15th annual Paul Harris dinner and celebration this week. The event is named for the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, who met with three other people for the first time in 1905; they "rotated" their luncheon location, giving the organization its now-famous name. The club honoured some Rotarians and also non-Rotarians from the community and made a special presentation to Susan Lowery, in memory of her late husband and Rotarian, David Lowery.
For their contributions to the Stars of Dundas, the club honoured Erin Bree Pierce LeBlanc and Joan Ballantyne.
For contributions to various community programs, awards were presented to Jim Sweetman (environmental – given by David Carson) and to Max Ratevosian and Melania Lawliw (arts – both given by Wayne Massey).
An award was presented “in absentia” to Dr. Anka Masek Tonkovic and will be given in Croatia to the recipient by Rotarian Vlad Veckie later this summer.
The club was honoured to have as its guest speaker, Glen Grunwald, the director of Athletics and Recreation at McMaster University. Glen was a former NCAA basketball player and captain of the 1981 champion Indiana Hoosiers. His career has involved General Manager's roles with the New York Nicks and Toronto Raptors. Glen's talk was an inspiration to the members and guests.