Former Creston Rotary Club president Marilin Grahn (right) and community services director Brenda Silkie (left) recently presented Gigabytes owner Steve Austin with a Paul Harris Fellow certificate and pin. Also pictured is Austin’s wife

Creston Rotary Club honours retiring business owner

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Long-time Gigabytes print shop owner Steve Austin was presented with a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow certificate and pin recently, in recognition of his support of the Creston Rotary Club.

“It is my very distinct honour as former president of the Creston Rotary Club to present this award to an outstanding member of the Rotary community,” Marilin Grahn said in making the presentation.

“During my presidency, I approached Steve to assist with the design and development of a banner that our club could use to display when we attend events for awareness and promotion of our many activities,” Grahn said. “When the job was completed I was told there would be no charge. This is his way of ‘giving back’ to Rotary for what we have done for the community.”

Through Gigabytes, which he recently sold to a new owner, Austin has supported many endeavours by the Creston and Creston Valley Rotary clubs.

The Paul Harris Fellow recognizes a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation, one of the world’s largest and most respected foundations. The Creston Rotary Club made the donation in Austin’s name.

As the charitable arm of Rotary, the foundation taps into a global network of Rotarians who invest their time, money, and expertise into such priorities as eradicating polio and promoting peace. Foundation grants empower Rotarians to approach challenges such as poverty, illiteracy, and malnutrition with sustainable solutions that leave a lasting impact.

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