Fort Fairfield Rotary awards two Paul Harris Fellows

17 years ago
    Two Paul Harris Fellows were named to the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club recently.
Karl Jackson of Fort Fairfield, son of Lucille and Vincent Jackson was born in 1961 and is the third of four children. Married to Nancy (Lovely) Jackson, they have two children, Jordan and Rachel. Jackson graduated from Fort Fairfield High School, obtained his associates degree from NMCC and obtained a bachelors in business from Husson.

In the past 20 years, Jackson has been employed at McCain Foods Inc., Graphic Utilities and currently is employed at NMCC as an OSHA instructor. A long-time Cub Scout Webelos and Boy Scout leader, he has served in many capacities with the Fort Fairfield Rotary Club where he has been on the board of directors for several terms and the president for a double term, from 2004-2006.
“Karl has also been an integral member of the travel draw committee, forcing us into the age of technology. Karl has been a mainstay in the management of information end of the Travel Draw committee for the past several years,” said Alan Dunn, master of ceremonies for the evening.
When Karl isn’t at work or volunteering in any number of capacities, he may be “caught” fishing, whether in water or ice, snowmobiling, hunting, canoeing or kayaking.
“It is because of your dedication and commitment to family like, vocational endeavors and the unselfish giving of yourself to the community, and because you exhibit the values and actions that all Rotarians strive to achieve, that we are honored and pleased to present a Paul Harris Fellowship recognition to you, Karl Jackson,” said Dunn.
A second Paul Harris Fellow was awarded to Jim Everett.
The son of Kenneth and Sarah Everett, he was born and brought up in Fort Fairfield in 1951. He graduated from Fort Fairfield High School in 1970 and attended the University of Maine. In 1972 he married Karen Sprague and is the father of four children; Troy, Jodie, Kelly and Kerrie and has nine grandchildren.
“Jim is a gentle-natured man who is highly regarded and respected by peers, co-workers, family and friends, of which he has many. When Jim was informed of this honor, he said, ‘Boy they must be near the bottom of the barrel,’ in his modest and dry way. Well, Jim, you couldn’t be further from the truth,” said Dunn.
Having held various jobs in the farming industry throughout high school, Everett learned a strong work ethic at a young age. From 1972-1977 he worked for MC Locke as a fuel truck driver and from 1977-1985 he was engaged in the farming industry. He was the owner/operator of Boundary Line Drive-In theatre from 1981-1985 and worked as a custodian and bus driver for SAD 20 in 1985, becoming the supervisor of transportation and maintenance in 1988.
Everett is involved with several service clubs and organizations, including Frontier Heritage Historical Society, of which he is the vice president; Maine Educational Plant Maintenance Association, the northern chapter of the Maine Association of Pupil Transportation and a voluntary sexton of Union Cemetery. In addition to these service clubs, Everett wears many hats for SAD 20, including; safety officer, pest management coordinator and asbestos project supervisor. He was recognized on the state and national levels for initiating a series of projects, which are reportedly helping to reduce local schools’ maintenance costs and lower electric bills up to 14 percent.
“It is because of his dedication and commitment to his family life, the community, youth, his church, vocational endeavors and his unselfish giving of himself to his community and because he exhibits the values and actions that all Rotarians strive to achieve that we are honored and pleased to present Paul Harris Fellowship recognition to Jim Everett,” said Dunn.
Today, Rotary is well known throughout the world for its dedication to service and international goodwill.
Changing the world through service, however, was hardly uppermost in the mind of Paul P. Harris when he founded the organization in 1905. Harris, a lawyer in Chicago, had been raised in a rural village in Vermont. He envisioned a new kind of club for professionals that would kindle the fellowship and friendly spirit he had known in his youth.
On the evening of February 23, 1905, Harris invited three friends to a meeting. They discussed Harris’ idea that business leaders should meet periodically to enjoy camaraderie and to enlarge their circle of business and professional acquaintances. The club met weekly; membership was limited to one representative from each business and profession. Though the men didn’t use the term Rotary that night, that gathering is commonly regarded as the first Rotary club meeting.
As they continued to convene, members began rotating their meetings among their places of business, hence the name Rotary. After enlisting a fifth member, the group was formally organized as the Rotary Club of Chicago. The original club emblem, a wagon wheel design, was the precursor of the familiar cogwheel emblem now used by Rotarians worldwide.
Anyone who contributes – or in whose name is contributed – a gift of $1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund may become a Paul Harris Fellow. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate, a Paul Harris Fellow pin and a medallion. Donors are eligible for Paul Harris Fellow recognition when their cumulative giving reaches $1,000.