Pat Buck to Receive a Rotary National Service Award


June 6, 2011, GROVE CITY, PA -- Rotary International is honoring Patricia Buck, Director of Outreach and Education for the Center for Foodborne Illness Research & Prevention, for her dedication and perseverance in improving the food safety system in the United States.


At a June 6th luncheon in Slippery Rock, Buck will receive the Paul Harris Fellowship and medal, along with a Rotary National Service Award, the first ever presented by the Slippery Rock club, which nominated Buck for the honor. Her work was also recognized at the District 7280 Paul Harris breakfast on June 4th in Titusville. District 7280 comprises Western Pennsylvania.


“Pat’s efforts supporting food safety have taken her on a courageous journey. It’s hard to believe that there has been corporate and ideological opposition to improving food safety in America. But, in the very best tradition of service above self, Pat persevered. American families and children are safer today and will be even safer tomorrow because of the efforts of Pat Buck and her many partners in this national effort. She is an exceptional recipient for our first National Service Award and the accompanying Paul Harris Fellowship,” said Slippery Rock Rotary Secretary/Treasurer Ken Harris.


Buck said, “I am truly honored to have my work in food safety recognized by Rotary International. The organization has a long-standing commitment to service and to improving our communities. I am proud to continue this tradition, and so appreciate this honor.”


Buck became involved in foodborne illness prevention in 2001 following the death of her grandson, Kevin Kowalcyk, from complications due to an E. coli O157:H7 infection. Since then, she has volunteered extensively for improving food safety protections and expanding food safety education. In 2006, she and her daughter Barbara Kowalcyk founded CFI, an internationally recognized food safety non-profit organization. CFI’s headquarters are currently in Grove City, PA.


Rotary International is the world’s first service organization with more than 1.2 million members in 33,000 clubs worldwide. The Paul Harris Fellowship is named in memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary International.