Chris, you?re a fine fellow indeed
By Emma Cornford
Bev Wheelahan had a difficult task recently ? keeping her husband's Paul Harris Fellow award from Grafton Rotary a secret.
Somehow she managed, so when Chris Wheelahan received his award at the organisation's annual changeover dinner last Monday, he was shocked.
"Traditionally people are not aware that they're gaining this recognition, it's just something the board members decide on," he said yesterday.
"I really was shocked when it was announced, because when you look at the work that other recipients have done you always think that they've done so much."
Mr Wheelahan was one of three Grafton Rotarians named as Paul Harris Fellows at the dinner ? Peter Collins and Greg Yeates were also recognised for their ongoing community work and dedication to Rotary.
The words on Mr Wheelahan's award, furthering 'better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world', recognise his involvement in the Rotary Youth Exchange program.
"Just seeing the effect it has on the young people who participate in terms of their development, maturity and helping them to develop as natural leaders ... is something quite special."