PARIS — The Rotary Club of Oxford Hills has announced the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow Award to Evy Marshall. Marshall is the mother of Rotarians Beth Abbott and Patty Rice and Rotarian-in-spirit Barbara Brunjes, as well as mother-in-law to Rotarian George Rice.

The presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow Award is the Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs.  It is named for the founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.

Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of Rotary and practices their motto: “Service Above Self.”

Marshall has practiced the motto her entire life.  She was a Brownie and Girl Scout leader for her three daughters, a member of the Mt. Hope Rebekah Lodge and is a member of the Heywood Club. She volunteered for Stephens Memorial Hospital, cooking for their coffee shop and assisted with community immunizations with Dr. Harper and Dr. Hazelton. Marshall is a volunteer for Beacon Hospice and, although she doesn’t make client visits anymore, she does design and make memory pillows, and American flag lap robes for the veterans in the community. She was named Beacon Hospice Volunteer of the Year in 2013. 

Marshall recently made a patchwork quilt, in memory of her husband, John E. Marshall, a veteran in the U.S. Air Force, and donated it to the Rotary Club, which sold raffle tickets and will start a new veterans project with the proceeds.


The Oxford Hills Rotary Club has presented a Paul Harris Fellow Award to Evy Marshall. From left are George Rice, Patty Rice, Marshall, Beth Abbott and Barbara Brunjes.

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