Jodie Cushing, Julie Bouchard, Tony Bouchard, Tricia Quirk and Alison King have been named Paul Harris Fellows ROTARY CLUB OF ELLSWORTH PHOTO

Rotary Club honors five new fellows



HANCOCK — The Rotary Club of Ellsworth held its annual Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Ceremony on June 7 and honored five people in the community. Paul Harris Fellows were awarded to Jodie Cushing, Julie Bouchard, Tony Bouchard, Tricia Quirk and Alison King at the meeting at Chippers Restaurant.

Every Paul Harris Fellow receives a medallion and a certificate. The award recognizes each honoree’s contributions to their community and their vocation as well as their commitment to Rotary’s motto of “Service Above Self.” The awards are made possible by the annual donations that club members make to the Rotary Foundation.

Club President Gene Pellerano gave the opening remarks and Rotarian Lincoln Ehrlenbach explained that the Paul Harris Fellow recognition was created in 1957, in memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary in 1905, as a way to show appreciation for contributions to the Rotary Foundation’s charitable and educational program. This identifies the Paul Harris Fellow as an advocate of the foundation’s goals of world peace and international understanding.

Rotarian Jodie Cushing joined Rotary in August of 2018 and quickly became an active part of the club. Cushing has served as director of community service for the past two years and next year will be vice president. She is a graduate of Ellsworth High School (’97) and Husson University. She has 21 years experience working in the medical administration field both in the private and currently is a patient representative at Northern Light Ear, Nose and Throat Care.

During the height of the COVID pandemic, Cushing worked on the front lines in the COVID testing tent.

Rotarians Tony Bouchard and Julie Bouchard are Maine natives who are each passionate about Rotary’s work in the community and the organization’s endeavor to make the world a better place. “They not only exemplify ‘service above self’ in their volunteer efforts through the Ellsworth Rotary Club, but also endeavor to follow this philosophy in their work lives as well, excelling in their respective fields with passion and dedication,” according to Rotary.

Rotarian Tricia Quirk of Surry has been active with club fundraising and community service. Her effort to help establish the club’s Corporate Membership program has proven to be beneficial in leading more community members to join Rotary. Since 2008, Quirk has been a partner at Hawkes and Quirk, LLC and she enjoys assisting nonprofit organizations with tax guidance.

Rotarian Alison King is a native Mainer, graduate of Mount Blue High School in Farmington, Colgate University in Hamilton, N.Y., and the University of Maine School of Law in Portland. She has been practicing real estate law in Ellsworth for 17 years, most recently as a partner at Acadia Law Group for the past 9 years. She lives in Ellsworth. She recently completed the Master Gardener Volunteer training with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension.

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