For only the 5th time in its 25- year history, the Woodinville Rotary Club has presented a rare award to a local resident. The Paul Harris Fellow is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual within a Rotary Club service area. The Woodinville Club, celebrating its 25th charter anniversary, awarded it most recently to Gretchen Garth, founder of 21 Acres near Woodinville, acknowledging her civic endeavors.
In 1994, Woodinville Rotary selected Garth as Citizen of the Year for her work in establishing and building the Teen Northshore program in Woodinville and throughout the Northshore school area.
“We can all learn from Gretchen the importance of taking better care of our open spaces and of providing valuable opportunities to maximize the healthful, beneficial aspects of fresh, local produce and farm products,” said Hughes at the presentation. “It has not been an easy road to date. Her determination and steadfastness in the face of public doubt and groundbreaking challenges have been exemplary. Gretchen has been able to remain true to her shared vision now being realized that will benefit generations to come.
“Gretchen offers us a clear vision how we must provide and sustain valuable food and shelter resources.”