The Zonta Club of Jamestown recently announced their “Zontian of the Year” for 2012. Mary Rappole, a Bemus Point native and recently retired women’s health provider, was given the honor in December at their Christmas party.
Along with presenting a keepsake gift and flowers, Rappole’s name has now been added to the “Zontian of the Year” plaque that hangs on the living room wall in the Marvin House of Jamestown, where the club meets twice a month. She is now listed among many other remarkable women who exemplify the Zonta mission: To improve the status of women locally and worldwide.
Rappole has been involved with the community and has been an outstanding model for those who are pursuing a lifetime of achievements and honors. Coming from a background of nursing, receiving her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, she has continued training people worldwide. She is dedicated to her involvement with Alleghany Region Missions and Rotary Exchange all the while continuing to set up medical clinics throughout impoverished villages in Haiti.
When not traveling to experience international medicine, she and her husband, Bert, own and run Plumbush B&B.
Rappole is also very involved with her family and continues to be a busy mother of three, a stepmother of two and a grandmother of 10.