Posted on Nov 07, 2017
PDG (Past District Governor) Ellen Young spoke to our club.  She touched on several Foundation topics during her visit, including:
 
  • On June 18, 1917 Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Arch Klumpf, the RI President stated “It seems entirely proper that we should accept endowments for the purpose of doing good in the world.”  Within a month Rotary received $26.50, the first donation to a new Endowment Fund suggested by President Klumpf.  12 years earlier, on February 23, 1905, the Rotary Club of Chicago was started, with the vision of one man, Paul Harris.  The Chicago attorney formed the club so that professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas, form meaningful, lifelong friendships, and give back to their community.  Paul  Harris’ name became associated with the honors for donations to The Rotary Foundation in the future.
 
  • The Paul Harris Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute, or have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International (TRF). The honor was established to show appreciation for contributions that support our Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant.  It is possible to become a Paul Harris Fellow using individual or club points, or points from another Paul Harris Fellow.  Individuals can also honor family members or others with “Honorary” Paul Harris Fellows by giving cash donations or points totaling $1,000 on their behalf.  Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin to wear, honoring their donation.
 
  • There are now 110 PHS members in District 6440 and over 19,600 throughout Rotary around the world.  PHS members contribute over 40% of all program humanitarian awards each year, and thus are important sustaining donors to our organization.
So if Alex Tribek ask what city and year Rotary started you all know the answers!  Now is the time to join and be apart of our community.