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Ricketts recognized by Rotary at annual auction

May 19, 2016
Westfield Republican

Michael "Mike" Ricketts of Mayville was presented a Paul Harris Fellowship Award from the Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club at its Saturday evening Auction.

The auction, which is held at this time every year, also takes this opportunity to recognize a non-Rotarian - specifically one who is not and never has been a Rotarian - for his or her selfless contributions to society.

Ricketts, a non-Rotarian whose life exemplifies Rotary's motto "Service Above Self," strives to benefit his fellow man and looks to build goodwill and better friendship in the surrounding communities.

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Westfield/Mayville Rotary Club recognized Michael ‘Mike” Ricketts, right, with a Paul Harris Fellowship Award. Presented by Rotarian Dan Smith, the award recognizes non-Rotarians each year during the club’s Annual Auction.

Starting with Jaycees involvement, Ricketts began in Wellsville and Jamestown and rose to regional directorships. He went on to become the state VP of Individual Development and then Senate president. He was awarded U.S. Jaycee ambassadorship and then president of the state Jaycees.

Retiring in 2006 from Chautauqua County as director of probation, Ricketts continued involvement in bettering humankind and service to communities. His roots in Westfield, Mayville and Chautauqua County have led to volunteering county Youth Board, United Way, Mayville School Board president for six years, Habitat for Humanity Board, trainer for Project Blueprint, Chautauqua Leadership Network and six years on the Westfield Memorial Hospital Foundation board.

Ricketts also is dedicated to the First Presbyterian Church as deacon and elder for several terms, is chair for worship and music, and serves on the pastor nominating committee.

Although a non-Rotarian, Ricketts was designated as a Paul Harris Fellow in 2016 to recognize a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of Rotary and The Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace.

Following a silent auction and a Chiavetta's chicken barbecue, auctioneer David Brown and John "Doc" Hamels conducted the live auction, proceeds from which are used to serve the public.

The $500 drawing was won by Amy Begier of Mayville, who noted that was "pretty awesome," particularly because her employer, Rotarian Tracy Bennett, gave her a ticket for the evening.

Brad Szymczak of Westfield also won a 50/50 raffle of $400 - half for him and half for Rotary. His remark: "This is a great cause and it's great to win this."



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