The Gloucester Rotary Club has named Roger Armstrong and Maggie Rosa as Paul Harris Fellows, the prestigious award named after the Chicago lawyer who founded the Rotary movement in 1905. Armstrong was selected by a Club committee of previous recipients of the award, while Rosa was chosen by members of the Interact Club, the very active group of Gloucester High School junior Rotarians. Armstrong and Rosa will be honored at a special dinner on Tuesday, May 10, at Cruiseport Gloucester, located at 6 Rowe Square in downtown Gloucester. The social hour will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Roger Armstrong was born in Danvers in 1942, and graduated from Beverly High School in 1960. Subsequent training at Northeastern University and Wentworth Institute would prepare Roger for a career in manufacturing that spanned four decades. He worked for and owned a variety of North Shore machining and engineering companies, responsible for all facets of the manufacturing process, especially quality control standards. Roger currently splits his time between Wilbur Tracy Associates as a Quality Assurance Consultant and State of the Art Gallery, which he opened in 1997 along with his significant other Sharon Pablo.
Roger is heavily involved in the life of the community, serving as President of the North Shore Arts Association, a Corporator of the Sawyer Free Library, a member of the Gloucester Committee for the Arts and the Downtown Development Commission, and a Corporator of the Institution for Savings. He is especially proud of his role as designer of the World War II Memorial on Kent Circle. He has been a member of the Gloucester Rotary Club since 2006.
Maggie Rosa was born and raised in Great Britain, and came to the United States in 1968 to work in the field of molecular biology at the University of Chicago. A short time later, she entered into the University’s graduate school program in the Department of Biophysics and Theoretical Biology. This proved to be a very important decision—she met husband to be Joe in the same program and both received PhDs in 1976. They did post-graduate research at Yale University and were later hired as scientists by Biogen, a start-up biotech company. Maggie spent 11 years with the company, and then used the proceeds from her stock options to buy a home in Gloucester.
Maggie’s community service began as a volunteer on the Schooner Adventure, and soon spread to the Gloucester Historical Commission, the Gloucester Garden Club, and the League of Women Voters of Cape Ann. Mayor John Bell asked Maggie to lead an effort to restore and preserve City Hall. She has served as Chair of the Restoration Committee ever since! Her other significant affiliation has been with the Gloucester Education Foundation, which she led as a volunteer Executive Director from 2008 to 2012 and as President from 2012 to 2015.
Tickets to the Paul Harris Distinguished Service Award Dinner are $47 per person and may be reserved by contacting event Chairman Steve Kaity at 978-879-1051. The Dinner is open to the general public, and friends and colleagues of Armstrong and Rosa are encouraged to attend.
The mission of Rotary International is to provide service to others, promote integrity, and advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders.