by Don Heinzman
Jane Houlton recently was honored as a Paul Harris Fellow by the Elk River Rotary Club. The award is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary International.
Houlton was honored with one of the highest awards for her leadership in sustaining Courage Center in Golden Valley and for her fundraising and service to Guardian Angels.
The Paul Harris Fellow funds became available when club member Julie Fish donated the $1,000 she raised during the 2012 Shiver Elk River to the Rotary Club. Fish chose Houlton to receive the honor.
In presenting the award, Fish said, “She is a true gift to Guardian Angels as she continues to be their Guardian Angel.”
A board member for 31 years, she has chaired two major fund drives. The first was the “Be an Angel” campaign that raised about $1 million. She also co-chaired with Jack Hines the $800,000 capital campaign, used to add memory care and transitional care to the Care Center, relocating the therapy suite to the main floor and increased memory care at Guardian Angels By the Lake.
For her service, Guardian Angels presented her the Life Enhancement Award.
She also was recognized for her leadership on the board of directors at Courage Center, where she was on the board and involved with fundraising to build the center.
In Elk River, she has volunteered for Girl Scouts and Red Cross and still teaches Sunday school at Union Church. She also helped get the United Way to come to this region.
Houlton is a graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in home economics and a minor in art, and she has a teaching certificate.
She has four adult children.