PARIS – The Oxford Hills Rotary Club recognized Jack Richardson as its designated Rotarian of the Year on Feb. 10.

The club was chartered in 1983, and three years later began the tradition of recognizing a Rotarian of the Year, chosen, among other criteria, for being enthusiastic and dedicated members of the club and true examples of Rotary’s “Service Above Self” motto.

The 20th recipient of the award, Richardson became a Rotary member shortly after moving to South Paris from the Washington, D.C., area in 1997. He was president of the Oxford Hills Rotary in 2003-04. He has continued to work quietly behind the scenes as a key player in successful projects in the club and in the community.

Richardson has volunteered his carpentry skills in restoration projects at Hamlin Memorial Library, housed in the 1822 original stone jail building on Paris Hill, as well as in the 1856 Paris Hill Academy building.

With a law enforcement background, he spent three years as an active participant in the evaluation and reworking of the policies and procedures of the town’s police and fire departments.

Since 1999, Richardson has participated in SAD 17’s adult education program as a literacy volunteer. Since May of 2002 he has been a source of support for the Happy Group, a small, but self-sustaining peer support and recovery program for adult mental health consumers in the Oxford Hills who meet weekly at Christ Church in Norway.

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