The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris who founded Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905. Rotarians designate a Paul Harris Fellow to recognize another person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of the Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace.

President Paul opened the meeting at 12:15 p.m.
Canadian and American Anthem: Greg McDonald 
Toast to Queen & Canada: Norris Brown 
Invocation: Jim Howes

John Teibert - spoke about the Ambassador-at-Large program;
Don Beard - needs volunteers for Bingo on Friday night. 


Ron Kozub introduced Art Wing, Past District Governor; Nancy Howes, wife of Jim Howes; Sandy McDonald, wife of Greg McDonald; Roger Garneau, husband of Debi Garneau; Dr. David Henry, husband of Cathy Henry; Mimi Massuet, wife of Paul Massuet; Patty Brown, wife of Norris Brown; Don Hetherington, rotarian with the Downtown Club; Franco Oliveri, rotarian with the Niagara-on-the-Lake Club; Ian Elby, rotarian with the Downtown Club; Betty-Lou Souter, rotarian with the Downtown Club; Arie Vrugteveen, prospective member; Jim Cunningham and Erin Cunningham, husband and daughter of Melody Cunningham, Paul Harris recipient; Ken Smith, husband of Rose Smith, Paul Harris Fellow recipient; Frank and Norma Wiebe, parents of Debi Wiebe, Paul Harris Fellow recipient; Judith Bullis, Publisher of the St. Catharines Standard; and Andrea Kriluck, Managing Editor, the St. Catharines Standard. 

50/50 DRAW

Cathy Henry had the winning ticket, but was unlucky at drawing the cards.


Roseanne Morissette introduced District Governor Suchak, who spoke about the history of the Paul Harris Fellow Award and how the honour is bestowed on an individual.

Pravin was born in Tanzania and came to the United States on a US Aid scholarship in 1963. He is a graduate of State University College at Buffalo and Ohio State University.

Pravin joined Rotary in Tanzania in 1975 and was a member of Rotary clubs in Tanzania, Zambia, and Botswana. He joined the Rotary Club of Amherst North in 1984 and was its President in 1990-1991. Since 1991, Pravin has served the District as Assistant Governor and has chaired several District committees, including the 1994 District Conference. At the Zone level, Pravin has been an assistant to the Zone Coordinator for World Community Service Task Force and PolioPlus Task Force. Pravin is also the Vice-President for Gift of Life. Pravin is a multiple Paul Harris Fellow.

Pravin's involvement in service is not limited to Rotary. Pravin is a founding member of Amherst Coalition for Diversity and organized the Martin Luther King Day celebrations in Amherst for two years. He has served as a Trustee on the Amherst Museum Board and currently serves on the Town of Amhert Information Technology Advisory Committee. Pravin is active in India Association of Buffalo and was a member of their Executive Board and its Public Relations Director. He is the Founder of the Western New York Indian American Political Education Committee.

Pravin is married to Sheela, a Buffalo school teacher since September 1971 and they have three grown children and two grandchildren. In his free time, Pravin enjoys listenig to jazz and blues, cooking, and traveling to music festivals. 


The Paul Harris Fellow ceremony was officiated by Ed Telenko and assisted by District Governor Pravin Suchak and Art Wing. The program was covered by Cogeco and the St. Catharines Standard.
The Rotary Club of St. Catharines South recognized five recipients of the Paul Harris Fellow Award.   

Melody Cunningham, who was introduced by Cathy Henry. See related story.

Debi Garneau, who was introduced by Jim Hooper. See related story.

Greg McDonald, who was introduced by Paul Massuet. See related story.

Rose Smith, who was introduced by Paul Monaghan. See related story.

Debi Wiebe, who was introduced by Rob Welch. See related story.


President Paul thanked the members of the Foundaton Committee: Jim Hooper, Paul Massuet, Roseanne Morissette, and Rob Welch and congratulated all the Paul Harris Fellow Recipients.

As there was no further business for the good of Rotary, President Paul wished everyone a good week in Rotary and adjourned the meeting at 1:30 p.m.