Vicki Kahn: Prestigious Paul Harris Award bestowed |

Vicki Kahn: Prestigious Paul Harris Award bestowed

From left: Jim and Marianne Porter and Martha and Jim Simon had a blast at Dragonfly Restaurant last Friday night.

Ever wonder how the Rotary Club got its name? Well look no further than an 11-year-old boy wonder Sam Zabell, an accomplished Chautauquan, who flawlessly performed as Rotary Club founder Paul Harris for 15 minutes without so much as a scrap of paper to refresh his memory (he must have inherited mother Karen’s photographic memory).

The place was Truckee’s Cottonwood Restaurant for the local Rotary Club’s foundation dinner and recognition event last week. About 60 Rotarians and guests listened in amazement as Sam, attired with sartorial splendor in an impeccably tailored tuxedo and top hat, recounted animatedly the biography of the founder of the Rotary Club, Paul Harris. Sam explained to some of us who didn’t know, the Rotary Club got its name way back when it rotated from one member’s place of business for the club’s meeting to another’s.

After Sam’s performance and a tasty dinner, it was time for the local Rotary chapters (two from Truckee and two from Incline) to get down to the business of recognizing outstanding citizens who truly exemplify the Rotary Club’s mantra: “Service above self.” The Paul Harris Fellowship Award is the highest honor the club bestows to worthy recipients. Truckee Noon Rotary honored Pam Hobday, Truckee Sunrise honored Travis Pribble, Incline Sunrise honored Bill Landry, and Incline Noon honored Kurt and Mindy Wegener. These outstanding individuals were presented with the prestigious Paul Harris pin and medal.

Helping to honor our community’s tireless volunteers were Tahoe Forest Hospital’s CEO Bob Schapper, Leslie and Tim Silva, Ruth and Breeze Cross, Stefanie Olivieri, Lisa Dobey and Debbie Cole, David Kahn, Alan and Cathy Harry, Tamara and Steve Leiberman, Laura and Mike Ryan, Holly Verbeck, Cliff Hartwell, Patti Boxeth, Pat Castellucci, Andy Otto, Jan Colyer, Tanya and Wes Beyer, Patrick Flora, and Lydia and Jeff Sparksworthy.

Truckee attorneys and wives found guilty

This time it was the partners of the Truckee law firm Porter Simon and their beautiful wives Marianne and Martha who were on trial. Instead of a courthouse it was Dragonfly Restaurant where the couples guest-hosted a dinner last Friday night. The restaurant offered a “bail out special” price fix menu (all you can swallow) and lawyers’ shark fin soup. The verdict was guilty ” of everyone having a blast ” especially Marianne, Billy, and Ramsey in the kitchen, as well as the two Jims and Martha (she breaks out in a rash if she goes in a kitchen) who schmoozed it up with a packed house in the front of the restaurant…

” Vicki Kahn may be e-mailed at

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