Photo by Rotary Club of North Muskoka
Rotarian Suzanne, president for the Rotary Club of North Muskoka, presented Rotarian Rob A. with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition in August for his financial, leadership, and social contributions to Rotary. The presentation was met with cheers and applause.
Rob, who has long been an active and engaged member of his community, joined the club in 2017. He brought with him his passion for education, humanitarianism and the environment. And his trademark ability to make those around him smile - either with a kind word or his latest joke. 
He has since contributed a tireless enthusiasm for club activities as well as a slew of new ideas to raise funds for the youth social, nutrition and leadership programs supported by the club. 
Rob has co-ordinated several fundraisers, including a massive community book sale within his first few months as a Rotarian, for both community causes and Rotary Foundation. More recently, it was Rob's initiative that led to the club's launch of gift card sales and coffee sales, which have helped raise funds for community causes amid the pandemic. And, as an accomplished pianist, he recently recorded a CD with proceeds from sales to club members donated to Rotary
He has baked a literal mountain of tasty cakes for club members in exchange for donations to Rotary, too.
Rob also holds a leadership role in our club as membership chair and he, alongside his partner, Lynn, has hosted several club socials to keep members engaged over the years. Several members still have fond memories of Rotary Summer Camp held at Rob and Lynn’s home one summer evening complete with barbecue and outdoor fun.
A Paul Harris Fellow recognition, named after Rotary's founder, acknowledges individuals who contribute US$1,000 to the Rotary International Foundation or have a contribution made in their name. Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to Rotary. 
Congratulations, Rob. Your efforts have helped the club support the Helping Hungry Students hot lunch program at Huntsville High School, Simcoe Muskoka Family Connexions Kids to Camp program, Huntsville Public Library's TD Summer Reading Program, area food banks, youth mental health, Hospice Huntsville, Earth Day cleanups, collaborative international humanitarian initiatives, and more, not to mention the social fabric of our club. Thank you for all you do for your community.