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  • Bath Rotary Club presents Paul Harris Fellow award

  • At the January 10 luncheon meeting of the Bath Rotary Club Rachel Nicklaus, widow of Dr. Frank E. Nicklaus, was named a Paul Harris Fellow.

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  • At the January 10 luncheon meeting of the Bath Rotary Club Rachel Nicklaus, widow of Dr. Frank E. Nicklaus, was named a Paul Harris Fellow.
    The Paul Harris Fellow Award is the most prestigious award given by Rotary and is based on a generous donation to Rotary International in the name of the recipient. Harris was one of the Founders of Rotary and was very involved in the development of the organization which grew from a single club in Chicago in 1905 into today’s global organization. The award was established in his memory to recognize outstanding contributions to the ideals of Rotary. A recipient, a fellow Rotarian or a non-Rotarian selected by a local club, is named a Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world.
    The Bath Rotary Club chose to honor Mrs. Nicklaus with this award for her continued beneficence. Since the passing of her husband, she has generously endowed the Frank E. Nicklaus Scholarship Fund which has provided many local students with scholarships. She commented that she decided to make contributions to the fund because she wanted to honor the memory of her husband. Mrs. Nicklaus is a member of the United Methodist Church of Hammondsport and the Bath Country Club. She enjoys golfing, gardening, traveling, and especially grandparenting.
    Dr. Frank E. Nicklaus, himself, was an active Rotarian, Paul Harris Fellow, and President of the Bath Rotary Club in 1939. Many community members remember the devoted and civic-minded Nicklaus who chose to set up a dental practice in Bath after receiving a degree in dentistry from Rochester Eastman Dental School. He served as President of the New York State Dental Society, Mayor of the Village of Bath for several years, President of the Bath Country Club, and Vice-President of the Haverling School Board for many years; he was also involved in the organization of the Bath Little League. Dr. Nicklaus is remembered as a very optimistic person with a wonderful sense of humor. His charitable and humanitarian acts were innumerable. Throughout his 55 years of dental practice he often provided free dental care to those who were unable to afford it. Upon his passing and with the approval of his wife, the Frank E. Nicklaus Scholarship Fund was established to commemorate his devotion to the community and Rotary.
    At the conclusion of the presentation Mrs. Nicklaus thanked the local Rotarians and stated that the award was completely unexpected and that she was overwhelmed and most appreciative of the recognition.
    The Bath Rotary Club, chartered in 1923, meets every Thursday at noon at the Bath Country Club.

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