Fulton Rotary Club Gives Out 52nd Community Service Award

FULTON, NY – The Fulton Rotary Club was founded in 1919.

In 1961, the club gave its first “Community Service Award” to Synon Frawley.

The “Community Service Award” is given by the Rotarians to a person, or persons in the community who perform several acts that exemplify the Rotary Motto, “Service Above Self.”

The 52nd Award was presented on May 16 to Lori Lyons, by club president Charrise Kidd.

Lori Lyons and Charrise Kidd, right
Lori Lyons and Charrise Kidd, right

Lori works at the Fulton Walmart store.

In 2007-2008 she learned of Walmart’s “Volunteering Always Pays” program.

Lori has organized the gift of thousands of books given out at the Memorial Day parade.

She also has organized the “Stuff-A-Bus” program each summer to collect school supplies for students throughout Oswego County, with the help of the Greater Oswego County United Way.

Lori  coordinates the effort by Walmart employees to stock the food pantries at the Salvation Army and Catholic Charities.

Lori keeps track of the volunteer hours that Walmart employees donate to the community.

Walmart has a program where volunteer hours are matched by the company.

In 2010, Walmart contributed $3,000 to the community under this program.

This money was used to fund the “Born Learning Trail” at the CV Abbott/Hulett Park and Playground in Fulton.

The list of activities that Lori has started and successfully completed in our community goes on and on.

Lori truly exemplifies “Service Above Self”  and is very deserving of Fulton’s 2013 Community Service Award.