Rotary Club announces winner of Paul Harris award

Julie Siler is presented with this year’s Paul Harris Award by Rotary Club of Shepherdstown member Lois Turco.

SHEPHERDSTOWN — A former director of alumni relations and annual fund at Shepherd University was named this year’s recipient of the Paul Harris Award.

Julie Siler, of Shepherdstown, currently serves as president of the Arts and Humanities Alliance of Jefferson County. She is also a member of Shepherdstown’s 250th Anniversary Planning Committee, the Steering Committee for West Virginia Community Outreach of Jefferson County and Jefferson County Day, and the Freedom’s Run Race Committee.

Siler, who has recently been named director of development for the C&O Canal Trust, was also president of the Shepherdstown Rotary Club from July 2010 through June 2011.

The award, which was presented on June 8 at the Bavarian Inn, is given by the Rotary Club of Shepherdstown.

The Paul Harris Award is the Shepherdstown Rotary Club’s highest award. It is named for the individual who founded Rotary International in 1905, Paul Percy Harris, who died in 1947.

The Shepherdstown club periodically bestows the award on club and community members who exemplify the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.”

The club makes a $1,000 contribution from its own funds to the International Rotary organization’s charitable foundation on each awardee’s behalf.

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