Kathmans Receive Rotary’s Paul Harris Awards

From left, Rotary Foundation chair Greg Jones, Daniel “Deke” Kathman, Deborah Kathman, and Cheri Krull, club president, celebrate the Kathmans’ receipt of Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow Awards.

Deborah and Daniel “Deke” Kathman each received Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow Award at a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Jamestown.

Greg Jones, Rotary Club of Jamestown Foundation chairman, and Cheri Krull, club president, presented Mrs. Kathman with her second award.

The retired executive director of Chautauqua Striders, Mrs. Kathman joined Rotary in June 1999 and her sponsor was her father, Douglas Benson. During her 23-year tenure as executive director, Kathman nurtured a grassroots Jamestown track, field and tutoring initiative and developed an array of mentoring, outreach and afterschool programs through partnerships with many school districts and community agencies serving students from kindergarten through high school. She is a Jamestown native, graduate of Jamestown High School and a graduate of Mercyhurst College. She and her husband are the parents of four grown sons.

Deb Kathman named her husband, “Deke,” to receive an award through the organization’s transfer program. Kathman received his bachelor’s degree from Mercyhurst College in Erie and his master’s degree from Edinboro University in Pennsylvania. After holding several teaching positions in Pennsylvania, Kathman became principal of Love Elementary School.

In 1990, he became director of elementary education until 2003 when he became assistant superintendent for instruction. And then was appointed superintendent of schools in 2007and served until his retirement in 2013.

Deb Kathman said she was especially proud to pin her husband with her recently-deceased father’s Paul Harris Fellow pin.

From left, Rotary Foundation chair Greg Jones, Daniel “Deke” Kathman, Deborah Kathman, and Cheri Krull, club president, celebrate the Kathmans receipt of Rotary’s Paul Harris Fellow Awards.

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