LEWISTON – The Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club honored JoAnn Pike posthumously, awarding her an Honorary Paul Harris Fellowship. Pike had been a member of the club since 1988 until her death. She was the founder of the Good Shepherd Food-Bank in 1981 and its executive director for more than 23 years.

The presentation of Paul Harris recognition is the Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. The award is named for Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International.

In his presenting remarks, Club President Paul Lacombe said, “JoAnn was designated to receive this recognition as a special expression of appreciation from the Lewiston-Auburn Rotary Club for all that she has done for Rotary, our communities and for the state of Maine.”

He continued, “It is because of gifts like the one made in JoAnn’s honor that the Rotary Foundation is able to carry out an array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world, improved living conditions, increased food production, better education, wider availability of treatment and rehabilitation for the sick and disabled, new channels for the flow of international understanding and brighter hopes for peace.”

Accepting the award on Pike’s behalf were Charles “Budd” Large, the new executive director, and Janice Libby, events coordinator of the Good Shepherd Food Bank.

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