Priscilla Spahn Is Named Randolph ‘Rotarian of the Year’

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Communities / Jun. 5, 2014 10:02am EDT


Priscilla “Cil” Spahn receives the Rotatarian of the Year award from RandolphALL YOUR RotaryPETROLEUM President Randy Garner.NEEDS Priscilla “Cil” Spahn receives the Rotatarian of the Year award from RandolphALL YOUR RotaryPETROLEUM President Randy Garner.NEEDS Priscilla Spahn was named Rotarian of the year by the Randoph Rotary Club in a ceremony last Thursday, May 29 at their meeting room in Chadwick’s Steakhouse.

Spahn, universally known as “Cil,” accepted the award from Rotary President Randy Garner. Steven Dimick, chairman of the awards committee listed numerous reasons for the award.

For years, with her husband Arni, Cil operated Brdge Hill Studio and Camera Shop, both in their home and at the former Patch Studio on Pleasant Street. She retired from the business in 1997.

Previously to that, Cil, who was born in New York and raised in Saybrook and Darien, Conn., was an elementary school teacher and, before that, an editorial assistant in the publishing industry.

She was one of the first women course workers at Sports Car Club of America races in places like Sebring, Fla. Later she became one of the first women to become a Rotarian, following the 1988 Supreme Court ruling that Rotary had to admit women.

Cil joined the Randolph club right away and quickly became active in club service projects and fund drives. She’s been a Rotarian for 26 years with 100% attendance.

It was Spahn who initiated the Rotary Youth Exchange Program in Randolph, and she has served many years on the scholarship committee.

Outside of Rotary, she and Arnie have spent years serving the community through active participation in the Clara Martin Center and the Randolph Reparative Justice Program.

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