Rotary International's Paul Harris Fellow Award was presented to a non-Rotarian who has served her community for 35-plus years. A member of the Delta Rotary Club made a contribution to The Rotary Foundation in honor of Mary Pfalzgraff, paving the way for her recognition at the Delta club's May 15 meeting.
"Today we are honoring a leader in our community who has always embraced Rotary's motto of 'service above self' throughout her busy and productive life," said acting club president John Triebwasser.
Pfalzgraff was surprised and humbled by the award, which included a medallion and a certificate of recognition.
The award is named for Paul Harris, the Chicago attorney who formed the Rotary Club of Chicago so professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful lifelong friendships, and give back to their communities.
Triebwasser provided some biographical information on Mary. "Mary joined the Peace Corps shortly after graduating from college," he said. "During the Peace Corps training in Hawaii, she met her future husband Guy. They have two adult daughters and four grandchildren."
She was the administrator of Colorow Care Center for over 20 years and she and her husband operated the Delta House until they sold it 20 years ago.
While pursuing her professional career, Pfalzgraff was involved with various community activities such as providing social services before community health programs were implemented. She was part of a group that began home care nursing and provided support services to the terminally ill that was later incorporated into the HopeWest hospice program.
She has been involved in various food bank programs for the past 35 years, and is currently in charge of the Delta Food Pantry. She is a host at Abraham Connection and in the past served in various capacities with the Girl Scouts of America.
"Mary's energy seems to know no bounds," Triebwasser said. "She always lights up the room when she's present and everyone she meets is a friend. She loves being outdoors. She is a Master Gardener, an avid snow skier and enjoys riding her bike."
Other guests in attendance at the breakfast meeting included scholarship recipients Jason Jones, John Ames and Andrew Baier, and Delta Middle School students who are members of Interact, an offshoot of the Delta Rotary Club.
Every year, the Delta Rotary Club awards several scholarships to high school, Vision, homeschool and vocational students. The funds for these scholarships are raised from two major Rotary fundraisers -- a golf tournament and a raffle. The raffle is held from October-December. The golf tournament is held on the second Saturday of June. This year's tournament will be held at Devil's Thumb Saturday, June 8, with a 9 a.m. shotgun start. The registration fee of $75 per player includes 18 holes, cart, lunch, contests and team, hole and situation prizes. Contact Ken Brown at Devil's Thumb, 970-874-6262 to register your team.