Each and every year, the city of Great Falls honors a citizen who has gone above and beyond the call of duty and embodies the vision and excellence exemplified by Paris Gibson.

Paris Gibson Award Criteria

  • Current resident of Great Falls
  • Has provided a significant impact on the City of Great Falls
  • Has provided leadership for the community through volunteerism
  • Has performed selfless action for the betterment of the community

2024 Paris Gibson Award Winner

Harold Spilde is the 2024 award winner!
Harold has spent over 30 years volunteering and helping others in the Great Falls community.
Harold was born and raised in Decorah, Iowa.
After graduating, he enlisted in the United States Air Force, where he fell in love with Montana.

Volunteering In Montana

In 1993, Harold started volunteering with FISH, an organization made up of members of 12 churches and one service group that provides food to local residents in need.
In each area, church supplies and volunteers work for one week every three months.
While Harold was with FISH, he served as President and volunteered 5 days a week for roughly 4 hours daily.
Harold also spent over 50 years with the Great Falls Y’s Men (a YMCA service club).
He served as Club President, District Governor, Pacific Northwest Regional Director, and a three-year member of the U.S. area council.
Other awards and achievements that Harold has include:
  • 2023 United Way Retired and Senior Volunteer Program service award.
  • Treasurer of the Montana Synod of the ELCA for 22 years.
  • Our Savior’s Lutheran Church council for 12 years - 2 terms as president.
  • Concordia College Corporate board for 4 years.
  • Delegate to 3 church-wide assemblies.
  • Spirit of Hope Award as a volunteer for his work at FISH.
  • He was honored by two previous governors for his charity work.
  • Received the 2017 Serve Montana Award.

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