The Keene Elm City Rotary club has honored two residents for their long history of working with nonprofit organizations in the area.
Maich Gardner and Edward Tomey each received a Paul Harris Fellow for their outstanding service to the Monadnock Region during a ceremony Jan. 25, according to a news release from the organization.
Harris is the founder of Rotary International.
During the ceremony, Gardner and Tomey received a certificate and medallion honoring their service, and students from MoCo Arts sang “For Good” from Wicked, according to the release.
“I’m honored and stunned,” Gardner said upon receiving her award.
She believed she was attending the event to see her husband speak, she said.
“Most of my accomplishments would not be possible without my partnership with Maich,” Tomey said, accepting his honor.
Gardner is a graduate of Harvard and Antioch universities, and has been volunteering with nonprofit organizations throughout the region for more than 20 years.
She is a former soloist in the Houston Ballet Foundation, and is a longtime supporter and board member of MoCo Arts, which is based in Keene.
The MoCo Arts for Life Scholarship was established in her name in 2014.
Also, Gardner is the founding director of the Cheshire Doulas at Cheshire Medical Center, and has worked for 10 years as an independent organizational consultant for the N.H. Charitable Foundation and the NH Center for Nonprofits, according to the release.
Tomey is a professor emeritus at Antioch University New England’s Department of Organization, and founded Antioch’s Management Institute in 1984.
He directed the institute’s services to nonprofit organizations, including strategic planning, leadership, organizational development and grant making through The Corporate Fund until 2004, according to the release.
Tomey is a graduate of Colby College and Harvard University. He has been a volunteer and board member for nonprofit organizations throughout the Monadnock Region for more than 35 years, supporting organizations including MoCo Arts and the N.H. Community Loan Fund, which established the Ed Tomey Fund in his honor in 2014.