Rotary Club honors pair of longtime educators

Honorary Paul Harris Fellow Mike Conway receives his award from the Forest Lake Rotary Club’s Matt Elvehjem and Ken Tolzmann. Elvehjem has succeeded Tolzmann as the club’s president. The club also recognized Rollin Nelson with the award. (Photo submitted)

Honorary Paul Harris Fellow Mike Conway receives his award from the Forest Lake Rotary Club’s Matt Elvehjem and Ken Tolzmann. Elvehjem has succeeded Tolzmann as the club’s president. The club also recognized Rollin Nelson with the award. (Photo submitted)

Mike Conway, Rollin Nelson recognized as honorary Paul Harris Fellows

 

Two beloved, longtime educators took center stage at the Forest Lake Rotary Club’s annual banquet last month. The service club named Mike Conway and Rollin Nelson as honorary Paul Harris Fellows.

Recognition as a Paul Harris Fellow is an honor bestowed upon Rotary Club members who donate generously to Rotary International. The local chapter each year also names at least one honorary Paul Harris Fellow from the community.

This year’s recipients are linked through their passion for education.

Conway retired this spring after 40 years in the Forest Lake school district. The Forest Lake resident spent the last 24 as principal of Wyoming Elementary.

Nelson, a World War II veteran, worked at Forest Lake High School from 1946-1983. He was a history teacher and also served as band director for over 30 years. He went on to lead the Forest Lake City Marching Band to 100 championships, making it the most-honored open-class band in North America. Nelson in 2011 was inducted into the inaugural class of the Forest Lake Area Schools Hall of Fame.

The banquet also was a stage for the Rotarians to welcome incoming President Matt Elvehjem and thank outgoing President Ken Tolzmann.

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