Paulette Taylor receives Georgetown TX Rotary's highest honor
Paulette Taylor, President of the Georgetown Citizen Cultural Memorial Association was honored by the Rotary Club of Georgetown, TX with their highest recognition for community service by a non-Rotarian, the Sam Brady Award. Named for one of the club’s founding members, Sam Brady was its first President and also its first recipient of the Paul Harris Fellow recognition in support of The Rotary Foundation. The award was most recently presented (posthumously) to past Georgetown Mayor Leo Wood.
Ms. Taylor, born and raised in Georgetown, attended the Carver School until her graduation in 1964. During her “conversation” with Rotarian Dr. Ron Swain (Chairman of the club’s Racial Unity & Peace Building Committee), Ms Taylor told the packed room how at one point there was a chance, due to the possibility of school integration, that she could transfer to Georgetown High School where she could satisfy her desire to take a typing class to prepare her for post-graduation business school. However the prevailing socioeconomic climate precluded the integration idea at the time.
Nevertheless, after graduation from Carver Ms. Taylor attended Prairie View A&M where she pursued a Business Education Major and graduated after four years with aspirations of becoming a teacher. She returned to Georgetown while her husband served our country in Viet Nam and former Mayor Jack Frost hired her to teach Special Ed. Ms. Taylor taught at the same school for 31 years until her retirement.
During the same luncheon meeting, members of the newly-formed Rotary Interact Club at East View High School were introduced to the Club and received certificates recognizing their completion of the Rotary Positive Peace Academy module that Georgetown Rotarians completed recently.
Rotarians serve their local communities with the opportunity to serve global communities. The Sam Brady Award recognizes an individual who exemplifies Rotary’s 4-Way Test (of the things we think say or do) and lives the Rotarian ideal of Service Above Self.
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