Elkins Rotary Club honors veterans during meeting

The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Henry-Vance Local bagpiper Bruce Dillon performs military tribute music during Monday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Elkins, which takes place at the Elkins-Randolph County YMCA.

ELKINS — Members and guests who’ve served in the military were honored during Monday’s meeting of the Rotary Club of Elkins.

In a brief program to honor the veterans present as well as all people who’ve served their country, Rotary members heard a presentation of military music by local bagpiper Bruce Dillon, a member of the West Virginia Highlanders of Davis & Elkins College.

Dillon said the bagpipe and drum band often performs music to salute all branches of the United States Armed Forces, but when he first started, the group only performed military music that honored the Marines.

“This was our 70th anniversary this year,” he said, explaining the group travels to many parades and special events throughout the region and nation, sharing traditional Scottish hymns.

He added that he is pleased the group performs the “Salute to the Armed Forces” medley, and noted his father served in the U.S. Army and his father-in-law was in the Marines.

The Inter-Mountain photo by Beth Henry-Vance Karen Jacobson, program chair for the Rotary Club of Elkins, is presented with a Paul Harris Fellow award during Monday’s meeting. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute $1,000 or who have that amount contributed in their name to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Shown from left are Merllene Yorkey, the club’s secretary/treasurer; Jacobson; and Vice President Brad Walters.

Also during Monday’s Rotary Club meeting, Karen Jacobson, program chair, was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow award.

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute $1,000 or who have that amount contributed in their name to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. Merllene Yorkey, the club’s secretary/treasurer, said she and retiring member Joann Fussell, who serves as the club’s sergeant-at-arms, wanted to thank Jacobson for her dedication to Rotary.

The Elkins Rotary Club is part of Rotary International, a service organization whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders and support humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards and advance goodwill and peace around the world. More information is available online at www.rotary.org.

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