On April 13, 2012, the West Roxbury and Roslindale Rotary Club hosted the Paul Harris Awards at the West Roxbury Elks Club. This year's honorees were long-time Rotarian Alan MacKinnon, Sister Nancy Braceland of Casserly House, and columnist Francis Sullivan.

 Over 150 people gathered to honor the honorees. The Rotary event also raised money to support its Scholarship Fund and other community programs. Rotary International Assistant Governor Jack Donaldson gave Alan MacKinnon, Sister Nancy Braceland and Francis Sullivan the Rotary's Paul Harris Award for Outstanding Community Service. As signified by the motto Service Above Self, the Rotary's main objective is service in the community, work-place, and throughout.