For two members of the Rotary Club of Metro New York City, their answer to “Why Rotary?” is partially based on heredity. Both Rotarians strive to live up to long family legacies of “Service Above Self.” One of RCMNYC’s newest members, Genevieve Pritchard, and its current club secretary and Paul Harris Fellow, Mary Shackleton, are both fourth generation Rotarians.
Inducted by RI President Gary Huang on October 31st, Genevieve’s great-grandfather, grandfather, and father were all Rotarians and preceded her in Seattle Rotary Club #4 (the largest Rotary club in the world). Her grandfather, Frank Pritchard Jr., was President of Seattle Rotary in the 1970s. Genevieve attended various meetings over the years, participated in the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA) camp, and was inspired after hearing Bill Gates Jr. speak at the Seattle Rotary Centennial Celebration about Polio Plus.
Mary’s family has been associated with the Attica-Williamsport (IN) Rotary Club (No. 3397 in District 6560) for over 75 years. Her great-grandfather, Evan Shackleton, was a member of the first class of new Rotarians in the club, which was chartered by Paul Harris and Silvester Schiele in January 1937. Her grandfather (Hubert B.) was a member of the club for over 25 years. Mary’s father (Hubert J.) and mother (Wilma) are past club presidents and multiple-time Paul Harris Fellows. Wilma currently serves as an Assistant District Governor. Hubert J. has chaired the District Simplified Grant Committee. Mary’s aunt (Suzann Shackleton) is also active in the club, has been the District Ambassadorial/Global Grant/Peace Fellow Scholarship Chair, was on the Zone 30 Scholar Orientation Committee, and developed the 3rd TRF Alumni Association in the US which was chartered in 2007 and was selected as the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Association. Suzann is a Major Donor and a Benefactor.