Benson Receives Paul Harris Fellowship Award

LEFT TO RIGHT: Paul Harris Recipient Alumni, Pat Northeimer, Robert “Smitty” Smith, George Hults, Fr. Elaine Silverstrim, Paul Herzig, Irvin Brown and D. Bruce Cahilly and current Paul Harris Award Recipient, Mark Benson.

COUDERSPORT – Paul Harris alumni of the Coudersport Rotary Club presented the most recent Paul Harris Fellowship award to Mark Benson, in recognition of his several years of community service.

“Marl Benson, above many, is the epitome of what the Rotary stands for:  SERVICE ABOVE SELF.  This is a man who brings peace to the area in which he lives and works,” stated Paul Herzig, lead presenter.

Benson’s community involvements includes a 26-year career in Human Services, his work in emergency management, his vast volunteer efforts with the Salvation Army, Red Cross, Christmas House, the Yellow Ribbon program, Chamber of Commerce, the Coudersport Rotary Club and the Lyons Club, not to mention his community service at the local Maple Festival and Falling Leaves Festival.

Mark is also a member of the Park United Methodist Church where he has served as a youth group leader, he has volunteered as a PeeWee baseball & football coach and he presently works with the released inmates for community service.  “This award was well deserved, and long overdue.  Mr. Benson is a gentleman who is always willing to help and give of himself for others,” added Herzig.


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