Posted by Elaine Kelly on Nov 27, 2018
Grimsby Rotary @Noon was pleased to host an event to honour this year's Paul Harris Fellowship recipient, Bob Bentley.  Bob Bentley has been volunteering in Grimsby since he was a teenage coach for hockey and baseball and has been involved in dozens of community and charitable organizations.  Bob and his wife Kim have two adult children; their son attended the ceremony and their daughter is in B.C.   Bob Bentley was an instrumental part of the team that initiated the Grimsby Community Fund at Niagara Community Foundation.  He was also able to secure donations of land so that Grimsby could host its first build in Grimsby for Habitat for Humanity, and is now working on a 3rd and 4th donation for local Habitat homes.   This month, Bob completes a 24 year run of public service, including being Town Councillor from 1994-1997, Regional Councillor from 1997-2003 and Mayor from 2003 - 2018.   For his support of our town, the Annual Mayor's Charity Gala of Grimsby Rotary @ Noon, and for living the Rotary Motto of Service above Self, we are pleased to present him with the Paul Harris Fellowship. 
Over 50 people were on hand to enjoy the festivities.    Ross McCallum acted as MC and provided a summary of Bob's contributions to the community.  Presentations came from Deputy Mayor Carolyn Mullins, past Rotary District Governors Reg Madison and Marlee Diehl, Rotary @ Noon President Carolyn Webb, on behalf of our MPP and MP.   Thank you to David Kelly on keyboard and Keith Penfold at the wine bar and Best Little Menu for catering.