Paul Harris Society

The Paul Harris Society
​The Paul Harris Society (PHS), named for the founder of Rotary, was established in Rotary District 5190 in 2002 to recognize our District's annual supporters of The Rotary Foundation. The Society's growing membership includes well over 200 Rotarians, family members, and friends who have each committed to give $1,000 or more annually to The Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund.
Rotarians and friends who wish to support The Rotary Foundation in a substantial way can become members of the Paul Harris Society. The society recognizes individuals who annually contribute US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, PolioPlus Partners, or the Humanitarian Grants Program. Administered at the district level, the society became an official Foundation program on 1 July 2013.
Rotarians who contribute $85 or more per month through Rotary Direct automatically become members of the Paul Harris Society.
The PHS Recognition "Flag" is shown above attached to the Rotary International member pin.
Paul Harris Society Members provide substantial support for The Rotary Foundation's humanitarian and educational programs such as:
  • Polio Eradication
  • District Grants to fund projects in our own region
  • World Grants to support humanitarian projects around the globe
  • Scholarships to further international understanding
  • Rotary World Peace Fellowships
As a Paul Harris Society Member, you will enjoy the benefits of
  • A membership certificate recognizing your commitment to The Rotary Foundation. Recognition is normally awarded at a Rotary event of suitable importance, or as you may request.
  • A cloisonné Paul Harris Society "flag" to be worn in conjunction with a Paul Harris Fellowship pin (see photo). Unlike most Rotary recognition pins that may be worn for life, the PHS flag is to be displayed only by those who have made or pledged a qualifying gift in the current year.
  • The funding of a new Paul Harris Fellowship each year using accumulated recognition points.
  • The eventual attainment of "Major Donor" recognition for $10,000 cumulative lifetime support of The Rotary Foundation.
  • Fellowship with other Society members who share your degree of support for such an important cause.
  • An invitation for you and your guests to our annual gala dinner, typically held in April on the Friday evening before the District Assembly and Leadership Training Program. 

  • A private reception hosted by the District Governor at the Annual District Conference. 

  • Fellowship at other Rotary events throughout the year. (Major Donors and Bequest Society members are also invited to many of our events). 

How to become a Member of the Paul Harris Society:
  • Make your gift to the Rotary Foundation in the current fiscal year (by June 30, 2016) to fulfill your commitment. This can be done online by monthly/semi-annual/annual "TRF Direct" bank transaction, or by check payable to "The Rotary Foundation Annual Programs Fund" delivered to either your club Treasurer or the District PHS Chair, or by faxing the form to Rotary International +1.847.328.5260
  • If you are not yet a Society member, but have already made your gift for the current fiscal year (for which we thank you!), you will be recognized as a PHS member as soon as the District PHS chair receives notice from your club president or Foundation chair or upon RI report of your contribution to the District PHS chair. The District Chair must receive word of your commitment to recognize your support, and for you to receive all the benefits of Paul Harris Society membership.
Membership is an annual choice, at your discretion
  • The timing of your $1,000 annual gift is at your discretion. It may be made at any time between July 1 and June 30 and may be made in a lump sum or in multiple transactions.  As noted above, an $85/month contribution to the Annual Fund through Rotary Direct will automatically make you a Paul Harris Society member.
  • Membership in the Paul Harris Society may be as brief as one year, but usually continues annually as long as you wish to continue at the selected level of support for the Foundation. A member is entitled to continue wearing the "PHS" recognition pin flag in every year in which the qualifying support is made.
  • Members who elect not to continue PHS Society membership in any year may return another year when ready to resume support of The Rotary Foundation at that level.
  • Paul Harris Society membership is a non-binding commitment. It is rather a statement of intent to support The Rotary Foundation. Rotarians are known for their integrity. Your word or handshake is all it takes to become a member of the Paul Harris Society.

Paul Harris Society Chair
Greg Hunewill
Smith Valley
16 Desert Creek Road
Wellington NV 89444
(H) 775-465-1365
(C) 775-843-1251
EMail Greg