AMHERST – A longtime member of the Amherst Rotary Club has received the organization’s most prestigious honour.
Dr. Paul MacEachern, who joined Rotary in 1981, was presented the club’s Distinguished Service Award on Monday. He was also presented a True Rotarian Award by District Governor Tom McCaughey.
“It’s been fun. I made some great friends and worked on some great projects during my time in Rotary,” MacEachern said upon accepting the award. “For everything I have given to Rotary over my 31 years, I have received back tenfold in the friendships I have made in this organization and knowing I have helped make a difference in this community.”
A native of Bonshaw, P.E.I., MacEachern graduated from the dentistry school at Dalhousie University in 1977 and arrived in Amherst to work as a staff dentist at the former Highland View hospital. He later went into private practice and became active as a community volunteer.
He served on the United Way board of directors, including two years as chairman, and was active in the provincial Liberal Party.
In his profession, he has served at various times on committees of the Nova Scotia Dental Association.
With Rotary, MacEachern has served on numerous committees, including the Camp Tidnish committee in the early 1990s. The highlight of his Rotary career, was the walk-a-thon to the camp.
“Almost every member of the club participated and more than $27,000 was raised to purchase a new van for the Amherst pre-school children,” said Morris Haugg, who red the citation. “That walk-a-thon was the most successful ever undertaken by our club in terms of numbers of walkers, money raised as well as blisters raised.”
MacEachern has served many years on the Rotary Foundation Committee. He is a Paul Harris Fellow and has joined other club members to become sustaining members of the fellowship program.
He has also been a strong supporter of the Rotary auction and the trip of the month campaign that raises money for Camp Tidnish and other projects.
“For someone who has been in Rotary for more than three decades, Paul is one of those members who has not allowed himself to be worn out,” Haugg said. “He is committed as ever to the objects of Rotary and the motto Service Above Self. To recognize Paul with this awartd is not only most deserving, it’s long overdue.”