Pam full of pride after recognition
AFTER a moment's pause, Pam Harrison finally uttered "I'm still speechless" when asked about receiving Rotary's honorary Paul Harris Fellow Recognition.
On Monday, June 27, Ms Harrison was presented with the recognition by Fred Dixon, from the Rotary Club of Airlie Beach.
Ms Harrison said it came out of "left field" and it was a "great honour" to receive such huge recognition.
"I was blown away when I was presented with it," she said.
"I know what a prestigious award it is and I was totally in shock when it was handed to me. It's always nice to be recognised."
Having lived in the Whitsundays since 1977, Ms Harrison's involvement in international and local community work made her a perfect candidate.
Internationally, Ms Harrison is on the board of a charity in Zimbabwe which looks after an orphanage called the Lirhanzo Children's Village.
Ms Harrison is now a Friend of Rotary and they have since partnered with her through the Rotary Australia World Community Service (RAWCS), to support her work with Aid For Africa Down Under (AFADU) and the Lirhanzo Children's Village in Zimbabwe.
Ms Harrison is also the Advocacy Director of Zonta and a great supporter of Lions.
"I just had never even thought about it and for the first time in my life I was completely speechless," she said of receiving the award.
Keith Beetham was also presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Sapphire, his second Paul Harris recognition.
Mr Beetham has been involved with the Rotary Club since the early 70s, starting in Proserpine.