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Friday, April 8, 2016


Amos Osborn

WELLSBORO—The Wellsboro Rotary Club Laurel Festival Booster Dinner is Wednesday, April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Penn Wells Hotel in Wellsboro. The event is open to the public.

During this year’s booster dinner, two individuals will receive the Paul Harris Fellows award for their community service and involvement.

“The Rotary International Paul Harris Fellows award is the highest honor we can present,” said Wellsboro Rotarian Jim Paxson, chair of the annual booster dinner. He said, “It recognizes a community member who exemplifies Rotary’s motto of service above self. This year, we have selected Bonnie Rogers of Wellsboro and Amos Osborn of Morris for this recognition.”

For their selection as Paul Harris Fellows, the Wellsboro Rotary Club has donated $1,000 in Rogers’ name and $1,000 in Osborn’s name to the Rotary Foundation. That money will be used to fund Rotary International humanitarian projects throughout the world.

Eleven years ago, after becoming a Penn State Certified Master Gardner, Rogers founded and continues to lead the Wellsboro Garden Club. Under her direction, the club's first project was to plant annuals and perennials and maintain the garden around the Wynken, Blynken and Nod water fountain on The Green in Wellsboro. She, master gardeners and other club members are involved in many area horticultural projects. 

For more than 25 years, Rogers has been a Wellsboro Girl Scout leader at all levels. Currently, she has four senior and ambassador level scouts who are working on their Gold Awards. A member of the United Methodist Church of Wellsboro for more than 21 years, Rogers has served as a Sunday school teacher and youth group leader for 15 years and has assisted with the Wellsboro Vacation Bible School for many summers. She and her husband Seth will be celebrating their 33rd wedding anniversary this August. They have five daughters.

Bonnie Rogers
Osborn is a 62-year member of the Morris Township Volunteer Fire Company. He has served as fire chief and treasurer and is currently a trustee. He began volunteering with the fire company at age 16 in 1954, two years before graduating from Liberty High School. A 39-year member of the Morris Firemen's Ambulance Association, Osborn has served as president and today is assistant ambulance chief. 

As an EMT, Osborn averages 115 ambulance runs every year, accompanying patients from Soldiers + Sailors Memorial Hospital to area medical facilities. He has been in charge of the Morris Rattlesnake Hunt since 1957. In 1996, he retired as an electrician from Osram. Through two different Volunteers in Mission groups, Osborn has been to Gulfport, Mississippi five times after 2005's Hurricane Katrina and twice to Crisfield, Maryland after 2012's Hurricane Sandy to help repair damaged homes or construct new ones as well as doing similar work in Tioga County and surrounding areas. 

In 2013 and 2014, he helped repair church roofs in Swan's Island, Maine through Three Springs Ministry in Morris. He and his wife Joanne will be celebrating their 59th wedding anniversary this June. They have six children, 21 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren and one great, great grandson.

A bucket raffle is being held in conjunction with the dinner. Tickets are $1 for one or $5 for six and are available from any Rotary Club member or at the Chamber office. Among the prizes are $50 worth of groceries each month for a year sponsored by Tops and Northwest Savings Bank; a $300 restaurant package, including $50 gift certificates from each of the following: the Log Cabin Inn, Penn Wells Hotel, Wellsboro House Restaurant and Brewery, The Steak House, Timeless Destination and Old Antlers Inn; and $250 in gas donated by Acorn Markets.

Booster dinner supporters are Indigo Wireless and the Tussey-Mosher Funeral Home.

All proceeds from the booster dinner will benefit the Pennsylvania State Laurel Festival.

Those planning to attend are asked to make reservations on or before Monday, April 18.

Dinner tickets are $37.50 and are available at the Wellsboro Area Chamber of Commerce office at 114 Main Street in Wellsboro or by calling 570-724-1926.

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