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Van Alphen honoured for ongoing service to Summerland

Rotary Club of Summerland presented Linda Van Alphen with a Level 2 Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
Linda Van Alphe recently received a Paul Harris Recognition from the Rotary Club of Summerland. At left is district governor Karl Ruether and at right is club president Bob Van Balkom. (Contributed)

The past president of the Rotary Club of Summerland has received an award for her commitment to service.

Linda Van Alphen received a Level 2 Paul Harris Fellow Recognition for her leadership and demonstration of Rotary’s motto, “Service Above Self.”

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The award is from the Paul Harris Fellowship of Rotary International, established in 1957 as a legacy to the founder of Rotary, and to acknowledge members and also members of the community who have demonstrated the spirit of Rotary in the way they work and serve.

Van Alphen has been active within the community.

In October, she was re-elected to a seventh term as a school trustee on the Okanagan Skaha School Board. She has also initiated the Summerland Sharing Stand and is the manager of the Rotary Summerland Sunday Market and Penticton Farmers’ Market.

Within the Rotary Club of Summerland, Van Alphen recently completed two consecutive terms as president and led the club during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“When many walked away from the challenges it brought, Linda inspired the club to flourish as it had unprecedented growth in membership, continued its many local initiatives and influence in Rotary at large,” a statement from the club reads.

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