Russ Ecklund honored by the Rotary Club of Jamestown | News, Sports, Jobs
Russell Ecklund was honored at the 27th Annual Rotary Club of Jamestown Golf Tournament held recently at Moon Brook Country Club.
The local Rotary club and its golf committee took this opportunity to honor Ecklund for his 31 years of service and dedication to the Rotary club and to recognize his commitment and dedication to the club’s golf tournament in each of the past 27 years.
Ecklund, who will turn 88 in early September, was a member of the Class of 1952 at Jamestown High School. He joined the National Guard in 1953 and served for eight years. He married his wife Thelma in 1954 and they are the parents of one son and two daughters, four granddaughters and a great-grandson. He retired as CEO of Ellison Bronze in 1998 and continues to serve on that company’s Board of Directors.
The Ecklunds have been members of First Presbyterian Church since their marriage in 1954, and Ecklund served as a deacon and sessional member, also serving as staff president for 15 years. He has also served for the past 32 years on the board of directors of the Chautauqua County Sports Hall of Fame and for more than 20 years as secretary of that organization. Additionally, Ecklund is a past president of Moon Brook Country Club, serving in 2001.
As a longtime member of the Rotary Club “Table of Love” Members of the Rotary Club of Jamestown said Ecklund has been integral to the club’s atmosphere, camaraderie, camaraderie and accomplishments over the past 31 years.
In 1995, Ecklund and the other gentlemen of “The Painting of Love” reinstated the annual golf tournament as a charity event and over the past 27 years has raised nearly $200,000, with proceeds supporting local and international projects.
“Your dedication and leadership on the golf committee will be missed, and we are deeply grateful for all you have done for this tournament,” said John Healy, club president.
Ecklund also served for many years on the Rotary Club’s Vision Committee. A project currently being undertaken by this committee on behalf of the Club is the Jamestown North Main Street entrance sign to the town. Ecklund brought Ellison Bronze into the project, with the company donating its services and providing a cityscape panel for the project.
Ecklund is the recipient of two Rotary Paul Harris Fellow Awards.
Healy described Ecklund as, “Always embodying Rotary’s core values of service, fellowship, integrity, and leadership with the community and within Rotary.
Healy presented Ecklund with a certificate of appreciation and a gift certificate as a symbol of the lasting impact he has had on the local Rotary club and said: “I thank you on behalf of the Rotary Club of Jamestown and the Golf Committee with the deepest gratitude for your commitment to service.”