Hopedale High School sophomore Tyler DeLoia recently was awarded a Paul Harris Award in recognition of his grandfather Lenny DeLoia's support of the Rotary Foundation.
His grandfather, Lenny, joined Rotary on May 1, 1970 and is the club's most senior member. DeLoia, a past president, has been a very active member and earned his initial Paul Harris Foundation Fellow Award in April 1986 when he stepped up to help kick off Rotary's world-wide program to eradicate polio.
The late Bob Hope served as Rotary's national PolioPlus program chairman during its initial fund raising thrust. Today, the world is 99 percent polio free. Twenty-six years later, funds donated to the foundation in Tyler's name by his grandparents Florence and Lenny will be used in Rotary's final goal to achieve a polio free world.
Tyler is the youngest individual to become a Paul Harris Foundation Fellow in the 75-year history of the Milford Rotary Club.
Tyler is also the 75th individual to become a Paul Harris Fellow in the Milford Rotary Club.
From the left: Tyler’s Dad Tony DeLoia, Lenny DeLoia, Tyler DeLoia, Florence DeLoia and Club Foundation Chairman Tom Sawyer. Back Row: Doug Detweiler, District Governor Elect for Rotary District 7910.