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Effler presented Rotary Club's Paul Harris Fellow Award

May 23, 2012
  • Presenting Cmdr. Robert Effler with the Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Community Award is Fay Kaufman Sanders, chairwoman of the Paul Harris Fellow Community Committee.
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BRUNSWICK, Md. — The commander of Stedman-Keenan Post 96 was honored recently with a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Community Award. The presentation took place at a formal event dubbed “Night at the R’Oscars,” hosted by the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek.    

Cmdr. Robert Effler was presented with the Paul Harris Award on May 11 at the Weinberg Center for the Arts in Frederick, Md., for his leadership and dedication to American Legion Post 96, which was threatened with closing its doors. 

Two years ago, Effler, along with several of the post’s members, the Women’s Auxiliary and Sons of the American Legion, began to coordinate volunteer efforts to prevent the post from shutting down; and they succeeded. 

Chartered in 1927, Post 96 is one of Brunswick’s veterans organizations on South Maple Avenue in downtown.    

Under his leadership, Effler launched the first newsletter in years, to reconnect with Legion members. To improve finances, the Legion began hosting events such as bingo, raffles and dances.  Recently, the commander initiated the newly chartered A-L-R, the American Legion Riders, a motorcycle club that raises money for charities, such as the Maryland Flight Paramedics with the state’s medevac program.

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Several other charitable events were also held.

Effler was among five volunteers from Frederick County who were honored.

The honorees are: Effler; Jeanie Cronin, founder of Centro Hispano, Frederick; Tom Whalen of WFRE Radio, Frederick; Joseph Dombeck of the Food Pantry at St. Peter the Apostle Church in Libertytown, Md.; and Fran Mercer, vice president of Frederick County National Bank in Frederick.  

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