Rotary Club honors Lincoln volunteer Shirley Russell

By: Submitted by Lincoln Rotary Club
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Friends, family, co-workers and Lincoln Rotarians gathered last week to honor Shirley Russell by naming her a Paul Harris Fellow. 

Harris founded Rotary in 1905 and Rotary International is the largest service club in the world, according to the local Rotary group. 

Russell was recognized by many Rotarians at the meeting, who mentioned her many years as a teacher, her thousands of hours volunteering at the Carnegie Library and her founding of Friends of the Lincoln Library. 

She was also responsible for establishing the summer program giving free books to any child who came to the library once a week during the summer.  The program grew so popular that cars and busses carried eager children to Beermann Plaza, who shared Russell’s love of books.  There were always enough books for any child who wanted one. 

Russell was instrumental in spearheading the beginning of the Lincoln Area Archives Museum and helped get it relocated into the lower level of the old City Hall building. 

The museum is thriving in this location as Russell and many volunteers greet hundreds of visitors who want to learn about the history of Lincoln.  

Russell was a founding member of the Lincoln Community Foundation and served on that board for four years. 

In addition to these contributions to the Lincoln community, Russell is a friend to everyone who knows her.  She truly exhibits what Paul Harris Fellows are all about.

Rotary clubs around the world are given the opportunity to honor someone in their community who exemplify the Service Above Self motto of Rotary. 

It is a pleasure for the Rotary Club of Lincoln to honor and thank Shirley Russell for all she has done for the city of Lincoln and all its residents.

Lincoln Rotary is 86-years-old and meets at noon Thursdays in the Woman’s Club.  To learn more about Rotary, visit or call Claire Luke at 253-3711.