Recognition of Wendell Police Sergeant Jody C. Wall for Receipt of Rotary International Paul Harris Fellow
On Wednesday, November 11, 2015, Sergeant Jody C. Wall was awarded the Paul Harris Fellow by the Wendell Rotary Club at the Wendell Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet held at the Wendell Community Center. The presentation was made by Wendell Rotary Club President Larry Vaughan.
Rotary International, as it is known today, was founded in 1905 when Chicago businessman Paul Harris gathered other businessmen for lunch and with the intent to find opportunities to perform service for the public good. Service continues to be the cornerstone of Rotary International and the Wendell Rotary Club. In 1957, Rotary International established the Paul Harris Fellows program and thru that program recognizes outstanding commitment to the community by either its members or members of the community.
Jody Wall has been a member of the Wendell Police Department since July 14, 1995. He was promoted to Sergeant in 1996 and has served in patrol, investigative and administrative supervisory capacities. Sergeant Wall currently serves as a patrol supervisor which allows him wonderful opportunities to interact with members of our community including our youth.
Sergeant Wall constantly finds ways to serve his community both in his professional service but more importantly in his personal life. He personifies “Team Wendell” regardless of his roll or the task he is engaged in. He is a native of eastern Wake County and a member of Hephzibah Baptist Church where he works as a church youth leader. Sergeant Wall recognizes the importance of working with community youth and this shows as he is most commonly heard being called “Coach Jody” whenever he is at work and often times regardless of the age of the persons he is talking too.
Sergeant Wall has coached Wendell Rams Football for over a decade. He also serves as both baseball and basketball coaches with the Wendell Parks and Recreation Department. In the past two years, the baseball teams he has coached have won back to back state championships. He spends more than 400 hours a year of his own time volunteering in these roles and often takes personal leave to travel with “his” teams.
Sergeant Wall utilizes his role in the Police Department to foster opportunities for our youth and to instill the importance of that commitment for young and upcoming officers. He serves as on-site coordinator for Camp Choices. Camp Choices is a weeklong camp for youth ages 9-12 that utilizes classroom learning and athletic events to teach the importance of sound decision-making. The camp also allows older youth to serve as camp counselors and model good decision-making for younger children.
The Wendell Rotary Club noted the above mentioned activities combined with a friendly personality and commitment to the community are but a few of the traits that that have turned Sergeant Wall into one of the most recognizable, most appreciated people in Wendell.
In presenting Jody Wall the Paul Harris Fellow, The Wendell Rotary Club awarded him a framed certificate, a lapel pin and a gold medallion. As part of this recognition, the Wendell Rotary Club has donated $1000 to the Rotary International Foundation in honor of our very own Jody Wall.