Mary Sue Foster of Hannawa Falls was recently recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Rotary Club of Potsdam.
Foster was honored for her demonstrated commitment to the goals and purposes of Rotary and "in appreciation of her tangible assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world."
One-thousand dollars has also been donated in Foster's name to the Rotary Foundation, a not-for-profit corporation that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs.
The contribution honoring Foster will be used for projects like saving the lives of children through immunization, bringing water to remote global villages, or the establishment of hospitals in under-developed countries.
Foster is the owner of Harris Medical Supplies & Equipment and All About Me Post Mastectomy Boutique in Potsdam. She joined Rotary in 1997 and has served on the board of directors since 1998. Foster served two terms as president of the club and was the founder and longtime advisor of the Potsdam Central School Inter Act Club.
Foster began chairing the Wheelchair Foundation project for Potsdam Rotary five years ago, and since then the club has provided more than 100 wheelchairs around the world.
She has chaired or co-chaired many projects during her time as a Potsdam Rotarian, including benches in Ives Park, books for the Potsdam Holiday Fund, clothing vouchers for students, calculators and backpacks for students, bottled water projects, new member induction, and anniversary and changeover celebrations.