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She’s been involved with nearly 20 Granville and Licking County organizations, raised three kids, ran a business and taught part-time at two universities. It would appear Mary Lee Van Meter was going to be awarded the Granville Rotary Club’s Service Above Self Award sooner or later.
She was, in fact, accorded the honor April 13 in a surprise presentation in front of the club and her family. “You have to understand, all those things were over 45 years!” Van Meter clarified upon receiving the award, one of the community’s top recognitions.
“It’s not something you seek,” she said of the seven school-related, nine community and three county-level groups she’s been associated with. “It just happens. And the rewards are great.”
Educator. Public servant. Community historian. Those three factors combined made for a special day for Tom Gallant on Dec. 1.
A retired educator and former Granville mayor, Gallant was awarded the Granville Rotary Club’s Vocational Service Award, one of the organization’s two top honors.
Gallant, a Denison University Professor Emeritus, was presented a plaque for the honor at the club meeting last week. He is also a rare winner of both of the club’s prestigious recognitions, the other being the Service Above Self Award, in 1988.
The dedication of the wells was the culmination of a two year journey during which the clubs obtained Rotary District 6690 and Rotary International grants to make this achievement possible.
To insure the sustainability of the project, the Rotary Club of Ouanaminthe identified a local committee for each well which will be responsible for its safety and maintenance. With this local oversight, these eight wells will provide clean, safe water for years to come. Additionally, because the project came in under budget, it was anticipated that the remaining funds would be used to repair two additional wells.
During the visit, the three clubs discussed future opportunities for collaboration around issues of clean water, environmental education and sustainable food practices, and are looking forward to future projects.
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