Several Blaine residents honored by Rotary

Published on Thu, Jan 29, 2004
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Several Blaine residents honored by Rotary

Several Blaine residents were honored as Paul Harris Fellows, a Rotary International designation of high achievement, at a special ceremony last week.

Blaine city manager Gary Tomsic was honored for his leadership style and emphasis on community involvement in dealing with the issues facing the city, according to rotary�s public relations chair Rob Lemmon.

John Choulochas was honored for his community service and efforts on behalf of making Blaine a more liveable city, and for his ongoing support of homeland security with his volunteer efforts with the U.S. Coast Guard.

In addition, five generations of Mel Hollinger�s family were honored, including a special tribute to his recently deceased wife Wilma.

�We believe this is a �first� in the world to have five living generations of Paul Harris Fellows in one family,� Lemmon stated. �

Hollinger, a long-time Blaine resident, established a special fund through Whatcom North Rotary in honor of Wilma�s long service to the world Rotary community.� This fund establishes a separate legacy to honor Wilma through a �microlending� fund established with the Adelante Foundation in Honduras. Microlending is proving to be one of the key mechanisms for breaking poverty cycles in third world countries.

The Adelante Foundation provides small loans, typically $50 to less than $100, to Honduran women so they may become self sufficient and provide for their children. Honduras is the poorest country in the western hemisphere behind Haiti.