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The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships.
The first Paul Harris Fellows include 1937-38 RI Director Allison G. Brush and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions made in 1957.
Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion.
Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow.
At the International Assembly in 1979, then-RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.
The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the one million mark in 2006.
St. Peter asked the first man, "What was your annual salary and your profession?"
"I made $250,000 a year as an attorney," he proudly declared.
"You may enter Heaven," said St. Peter.
Then he asked the second man, "What was your annual salary and profession?"
"I made $150,000 a year as a realtor," he proudly responded.
"You may enter Heaven," said St. Peter.
Then he turned to the third man, "What was your salary and profession?"
"My annual salary was $10,000," he sheepishly mumbled. "Cool!" said St. Peter. "What instrument did you play?"
Carolyn Moore writes:
At 24 years of age, I was the Director of an agency that helped new immigrants settle into Canadian society. One of our many ambitious projects was to help women set up their own businesses. I am proud to say that a few of those businesses are still successful some 30 years later.
I was a critical care nurse manager at St Vincent Hospital in the late 90s over ICU, CCU, PCU, and started the cardiac rehab center.
Ellen Marshall writes
The Arts Foundation discussed at length the merger of both Club and Arts Foundation at its
monthly meeting on January 6th. Brian has been and will be meeting with Tom Simon
regarding merger. A review of documents prepared by Tim Butler is for the coming.
There are many things to consider. The Arts Foundation Board is in favor of merger, provided
details can de accomplished.
Nominations for Club Officers were presented November 13. The slate proposed by the nominating committee was accepted by acclamation. Election of Officers will occur at the December 11 meeting. The nominating committee was chaired by immediate Past President Philip Spiers. President Cheryl Ford-Mente will, of course, assume the Past President position July 1, 2015.
As no individual who shirks his community service can lay justifiable claim to being a well-rounded citizen, so no Rotary club of today which is indifferent to the welfare of the city in which it is established measures up to the stature of full-grown Rotary clubs.
No prospect is more alluring than that held out by the exaltation of one's vocation as the most available and appropriate means of contributing to social needs.