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Rollie Bishop, at right, receives a certificate of appreciation for 31 years of service with the Park Rapids Rotary Club from Rotary president Rolf Nelson. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)
Rollie Bishop, at right, receives a certificate of appreciation for 31 years of service with the Park Rapids Rotary Club from Rotary president Rolf Nelson. (Anna Erickson / Enterprise)
Rollie Bishop honored with Rotary award
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Rollie Bishop, a well-known Park Rapids fixture, received an honorary membership to the Park Rapids Rotary Club for his 31 years of service.

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He will no longer be active in the club and will be spending more time in California during his retirement.

A special presentation was held Wednesday honoring his service with the club.

Bishop joined Rotary in 1979. He is the oldest member in the club at 88 years old. His father was a founding member of the Park Rapids Rotary Club, he said.

The Bishop family owned a clothing shop in downtown Park Rapids. He recalled the store was an expansion of a clothing shop his family opened near Sauk Centre. When the family moved to Park Rapids Main Avenue wasn't yet paved.

"Now, well, there are other problems," he joked, referring to the Main Avenue reconstruction project that is underway.

Bishop has traveled around the world and attended Rotary Club meetings across the United States and in other countries.

"I always felt at home," he said. "Rotary has meant a lot to me."

Bishop said things seem to be going well in Park Rapids and the Main Avenue construction will be good for the town.

"I'm enjoying retirement now," Bishop said.

The award he received officially makes him an honorary member of the Park Rapids Rotary Club.

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