Paul Harris Fellow


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Rotary was founded by Paul Harris, a lawyer, and three business associates in Chicago on 23 February 1905.

In his honour since 1957, Paul Harris Fellows have been recognised to express appreciation for contributions to the humanitarian and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation. Those programs include an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding.  These projects are funded, implemented, and managed by Rotarians and Rotary clubs around the world.

Anyone who contributes* US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund or has that amount contributed in their name may become a Paul Harris Fellow.

The Rotary Foundation provides Paul Harris Fellow Recognition to individuals or Rotary Clubs for each $US 1000 donated to The Rotary Foundation. 
When a Rotary Club cumulative donations reach $US 1000, The Rotary Foundation allows the Club to recognise a person in their club or in their community as a Paul Harris Fellow, often to highlight appreciation for community or international service.
When a Rotarian’s personal cumulative donations reach $US 1000, The Rotary Foundation provides Paul Harris Fellow Recognition to her or him personally, AND authorises that person to award an additional Paul Harris Fellow Recognition to anyone else of their choice.  (This might be a relative, a work colleague, or someone in the community). 
Additional recognition opportunities are created with each additional $US 1000 that is donated.
Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate, and a lapel pin.  The certificate states the person has been named a Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between peoples of the world.