Penn Yan Rotary Club honors service above self

Staff Writer
The Chronicle Express
Evie Worth, second from right, was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow at the Service Above Self Celebration Sept. 23. With her are, from left, Rotarians Robert Schwarting, Carol Worth, and Sue Andersen, president.

Evie Worth of Penn Yan was honored with the Paul Harris Fellow Award by the Penn Yan Rotary Club Sept. 23 at the club’s Service Above Self celebration.

Worth was recognized for her volunteer contributions to the community over several years.

She currently volunteers at Keuka Comfort Care Home, Clinton Crest Manor, and is active in St. Michael’s Church, Milly’s Pantry, and Walk for Hunger. She is a supporter of Yates Cultural and Recreational Resources, Yates Community Endowment, Arts Center of Yates County, and AAUW. She has worked on capital campaigns for Keuka College and St. Michael’s Church.

A mother of 10, she earned her bachelor’s degree from Keuka College in 1972, the same year three of her daughters also graduated from college or high school. She earned her master’s degree from Elmira College, and then taught at Dundee and Penn Yan Elementary Schools for 12 years. She and her husband, Norman, operated The Wagener Estate Bed & Breakfast Inn, Penn Yan’s first B&B.

Evie’s son, Norman, also a Paul Harris Fellow, sent a note that was read during the presentation.

“Mom was a Rotarian in spirit before she even knew what a Rotarian was — way before they invited girls into the Club. And while “Service Above Self” isn’t necessarily her mantra, it has certainly been her way of life. It comes naturally to her... Not every mother looks beyond the borders of her family and says to her local community, “How can I help?” “What can I do?” Evie did. And in fact, still does. She’s a gift to us all... Thirteen years ago she watched proudly as her beloved husband, Norm, was made a Paul Harris Fellow by the collective generosity of his children. Today, imagine how proud he must be to see the woman he called “Saint Evelyn” receive this well-deserved recognition.”

Others who were honored at the event were Stephanie Bates of Pro-Action, Bill LaRock of Penn Yan Middle School, Adam Hunt of Keuka Housing Council, and Cheonna Miller of Child & Family Resources.

The Service Above Self Award is presented bi-annually by the Penn Yan Rotary Club to working individuals who demonstrate exceptional levels of service to their employer and to the community outside of work.

Recipients are nominated by a supervisor because of their ability to put the needs of fellow workers, clients, or company goals ahead of their personal gain. They put service above self interest in all parts of their lives.

Their service motivates others to higher levels of performance or involvement. Their empathy for others is the “glue” that holds teams together. Their self-awareness and self-control in all situations equips them with a calming demeanor. These are the people who work and serve in the community, are not Rotarians, but live according to the high ethical standards and commitment to service that is asked of Rotarians themselves.

Past recipients have come from local manufacturing firms, Keuka College, and many non-profit agencies. Selected from a pool of nominees, this year’s recipients represent the Penn Yan Central School’s Middle School, two non-profit agencies, and a regional agency which assists Yates County in providing public services.