A Rotary club in Helston has presented the highest honour in its power to one of its own.

Helston Rotary Club has given the Paul Harris Fellowship Award to Amanda Boxer, in recognition of her “grace and dignity during very difficult times.”

The award is one of the highest honours a Rotary club can bestow upon a person. Recipients can be Rotarians or a member of the community, in recognition of their outstanding contribution and to those exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary – placing “service above self.”

Amanda Boxer took over as president of Helston Rotary Club during lockdown in 2020 and carried on keeping the club together for the next two years.

In presenting the award to her, the club said Amanda carried out the job “with grace and dignity during very difficult times,” adding: “The club is very grateful that she did so and are very pleased to present to her the honour of becoming a Paul Harris Fellow.”

She was presented with the award by club president John Notley at a special ceremony.

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To become a Paul Harris Fellow the person must have shown exceptional service to Rotary and the community, over and above what would normally be expected.

A spokesperson explained: “Rotary is a global community of 1.2 million members who share similar values and want to make the world a better place.

“The award is given to show appreciation and recognition for the service given to national and international Rotary, as well as to their Rotary club and local community.”