Jamestown Rotary Club Presents Paul Harris Fellow Awards

From left, Greg Jones, Rotary Club of Jamestown’s Foundation chairman, presented a Paul Harris Fellow Award to Jennifer Gibson, who was pinned by Joelle Washer, retiring club president. Submitted photo

Jennifer Gibson, senior vice president and senior district executive officer for Northwest Bank for the past 14 years, was presented with a Paul Harris Fellow Award by the Rotary Club of Jamestown.

Gibson has 12 years of experience in management, leadership, administration, planning and project development and 15 years of experience in strategic planning. Prior to joining Northwest, Gibson was the executive director of the Downtown Jamestown Development Corporation and consultant to the Chautauqua County Department of Economic Development.

An Albany native, Gibson and her husband Rick divide their time between homes in Buffalo and Bemus Point. She has a grown daughter and four grown stepchildren in Buffalo with nine grandchildren.

Gibson serves on the board of directors of the Chautauqua Region Community Foundation where she served as president; the board of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County where she served as president; co-chair of the Jamestown Strategic Planning and Partnerships Commission and board secretary for Church on the Rock. She was president of the Rotary Club in 2006-07.

Gibson completed the Advanced School of Banking at Bucknell University with Honors and is certified in Downtown Development through the National Trust Main Street Institute in Washington, D.C.

Gibson was a 2004 recipient of the Buffalo Business First 40 under 40 Award.

Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary and the award acknowledges that a contribution of $1,000 has been donated to the Rotary Foundation in his name.

Because this was Gibson’s second award, she was able to honor someone of her choice to also receive a Paul Harris Fellow. She chose to surprise her husband Rick with the honor. Rick works in Buffalo, is a graduate of Buffalo State with a degree in criminal justice. He is father to five grown children with nine grandchildren.