Mrs Leonie Kershaw is the Rotary Club of South Bunbury newest Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) when she was presenred with a PHF award at the recent annual change-over dinner.

This award is in recognition of the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, and is a Rotary International award for individuals who show continued outstanding community involvement and leadership qualities.

As a founder and committee member of the Chef's Long Table Lunch, Mrs Kershaw is an inspirational leader who has given outstanding and meritorious service to her community.  Leonie strives to support those in the community who need help.

This year Mrs Kershaw is one of the 100 WA women installed into the inaugural WA Women's Hall of Fame by the Governor Dr Ken Michael, for her services to the community through the Chef's Long Table Lunch.

The Chef's Long Table Lunch is a gourmet charity luncheon that is held on the Bunbury CBD foreshore in February each year. Using her catering expertise and contacts Mrs Kershaw formed an organising committee, gained a commitment from a group of chefs and staged the first luncheon in 2004,  It has grown from 200 diners in 2004 to 550 in 2011.  The lunch is organised and run by volunteers and most of the food and wine is donated by local producers and suppliers.

Funds raised go to major and minor beneficiaries, who are selected South West charities chosen from many applications received each year by the organising committee. Over $500,000 has been distributed since 2004 and this year the Rotary Club of South Bunbury received $25,000 towards the Men's Shed project.  

Leonie's philosophies are very similar to ours in Rotary, 'Service above Self'.   

The members of the Rotary Club of South Bunbury have great pleasure in awarding Mrs Leonie Kershaw a Paul Harris Fellow  for her continued dedication to the community.