Nicholas B. Fagan Award – Lois Cranford

Below is a copy of the proclamation that was awarded to Lois Cranford with the Nicholas B. Fagan Award.




Durham, North Carolina

District 7710


WHEREAS, LOIS RIBELIN CRANFORD and her late husband H.C. CRANFORD JR. were longtime and devoted members of the Durham Rotary Club, and

WHEREAS, LOIS CRANFORD began her involvement with the club more than 60 years ago as an involved and dedicated Rotary partner during her husband’s many years as a member,  committee chairman, president, and district governor of Rotary, and

WHEREAS, LOIS CRANFORD was made an honorary member of the Durham Rotary Club by unanimous election by the Board in1989, and has been a Paul Harris Fellow for decades, and

WHEREAS, LOIS AND H.C. CRANFORD enjoyed participating in Rotary activities beyond the Club level, attending District Conferences and meetings, participating in Friendship Exchanges, and traveling to many Rotary International conventions with friends from District 7710 on trips they organized and directed, and

WHEREAS, LOIS CRANFORD over the years became the unofficial new member historian and trainer of Durham Rotary, welcoming hundreds of new members to this club and encouraging them to discover the joy of active Rotary membership as she and H.C. had, and

WHEREAS, LOIS CRANFORD began and independently ran an annual Poinsettia Sale as a fundraiser for the Club’s scholarship program, raising significant funds over the past 15 years for deserving young people, and

WHEREAS, LOIS CRANFORD was always enthusiastic about joining other Durham Rotarians in projects over the years, particularly hosting Group Study Exchange visitors, packing meals at Stop Hunger Now events, ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, serving as a classroom volunteer for Y.E. Smith Elementary School, and providing wonderful fried chicken and pimento cheese sandwiches for Rotary construction crews building homes through Habitat for Humanity, and

WHEREAS, LOIS CRANFORD provided visionary leadership to many other nonprofits in the area, including the UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Family Counseling Service, the Watts Hospital/Durham Regional Hospital Auxiliary, the Volunteer Center of Durham, the Pines of Carolina Girl Scout Council, Durham United Way, the Coalition for Battered Women, and many other causes benefitting the citizens of this area, and

WHEREAS, LOIS CRANFORD’s favorite activities were always the personal ones that largely went unnoticed, such as simply providing the ride that enabled a child to attend her Girl Scout meetings, buying a bike for a youngster at Christmas, taking frozen turkeys to area shelters at Thanksgiving, convincing her friends to join her in sponsoring a Share Your Christmas family for the holidays, or taking a new Habitat homeowner a trunk full of items after the house was dedicated, all while being a devoted grandmother to her own nine grandchildren, and

WHEREAS, LOIS AND H.C. CRANFORD always tried to live and raise their daughters, Durham Rotary Past-President Susan Ross and Kathryn Raby of Charlotte, by the ideals of Rotary’s Four Way Test — truth, fairness, good will, better friendships, and benefit to all — as well as a commitment to “Service Above Self,”

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, THAT LOIS RIBELIN CRANFORD is awarded the Nichols B. Fagan Award for outstanding service to the Durham Rotary Club.

SIGNED, this, the ____ day of May, 2013.







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