Posted on Apr 07, 2018
 
Long time Rotarian, Jeannie Storrs proudly receiving the Paul Harris Plus 1 pin for donations over $2,000!

Paul Harris Society Frequently Asked Questions (September 2015)

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PAUL HARRIS SOCIETY FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT IS THE PAUL HARRIS SOCIETY?

The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotary members and friends of The Rotary Foundation who

contribute $1,000 or more each Rotary year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or approved

Foundation grants.

Paul Harris Society recognition was administered by districts until it became an official Rotary

Foundation recognition program in July 2013. Its purpose is to identify, engage, and thank

members who have the ability and desire to make substantial annual gifts to help communities

around the world.

HOW CAN I JOIN THE PAUL HARRIS SOCIETY?

You can join the Paul Harris Society by doing any of the following:

Complete the online sign-up form. Go to the Paul Harris Society page (www.rotary.org/paulharrissociety)

and choose Join Today.

Email or call Rotary’s Support Center (rotarysupportcenter@rotary.org, +1-866-9-ROTARY) or the Rotary

International office that serves your area.

Mail a completed Paul Harris Society sign-up form to The Rotary Foundation. You can also fax the form to

Rotary’s Support Center (+1-847-328-4101).

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A PAUL HARRIS FELLOW AND PAUL HARRIS SOCIETY MEMBER?

Anyone who cumulatively contributes $1,000 during any time period becomes a Paul Harris Fellow. A person can

also be named a fellow if someone else uses 1,000 Foundation recognition points to honor him or her as such. A

member of the Paul Harris Society contributes at least $1,000 each year to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus Fund, or

approved Foundation grants.

AM I REQUIRED TO GIVE $1,000 BEFORE JOINING THE PAUL HARRIS SOCIETY?

No, an immediate $1,000 contribution is not required at the time of enrollment. You can fulfill your Paul Harris

Society commitment gradually during the Rotary year.

WHAT IS A PAUL HARRIS SOCIETY COORDINATOR?

A district Paul Harris Society coordinator is appointed by the district governor to honor new society members

and promote engagement in the society. These coordinators can use giving and recognition reports from My

Rotary to identify new and potential society members. To honor new members, they can order recognition

chevrons at no cost by emailing annualfund@rotary.org or contacting the Rotary International office that serves

the area.

HOW ARE SOCIETY MEMBERS RECOGNIZED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS?

New society members are presented a certificate and chevron at a district or club event in a way that is culturally

appropriate and comfortable for the member. Paul Harris Society coordinators visit the club or district to honor

new members themselves or make sure that another Rotary officer makes arrangements to do so.

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Paul Harris Society Frequently Asked Questions (September 2015)

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DO MEMORIAL AND TRIBUTE GIFTS COUNT TOWARD PAUL HARRIS SOCIETY COMMITMENTS?

Donors who direct memorial and tribute gifts to one of the approved funds receive credit toward their own Paul

Harris Society commitment. The recipients of tribute gifts do not receive Paul Harris Society credit.

WHAT DOES “PHS ELIGIBLE” ON THE DONOR HISTORY REPORT MEAN?

“PHS eligible” identifies those who have given $1,000 or more during a Rotary year. However, these supporters

become society members only when they indicate their intent to repeat such a gift annually by joining the society

using one of the methods above.

District Paul Harris Society coordinators can build society membership by contacting PHS-eligible donors and

learn about their interests in supporting Rotary.

WHAT RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE TO THOSE WHO WANT TO JOIN OR PROMOTE THE SOCIETY?

To learn more about the Paul Harris Society, consult your district’s Paul Harris Society coordinator or your

regional Rotary Foundation coordinator, or use the resources found on the Paul Harris Society page of My Rotary.

Additional resources include:

Paul Harris Society chevrons, available free of charge to coordinators and other district leaders who

write to annualfund@rotary.org

The Paul Harris Society brochure, available to order on Shop Rotary

Paul Harris Society report, which provides membership and historical information, available on My

Rotary to club and district leaders