The Paul Harris Society is designed so that an individual or club donates a minimum of $1,000 per year to The Rotary Foundation annual fund – in other words, a full Paul Harris Fellowship each and every year.
The Rotarian contributor can award this Paul Harris Fellowship to anyone he/she chooses, or simply grant his/her Rotary Club the right to distribute those Recognition Points as the Club desires.
What is the Paul Harris Society?
The Paul Harris Society is a special district recognition program designed for Rotarians who wish to support The Rotary Foundation in a more substantial way each year. The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotarians and friends of The Rotary Foundation who annually contribute US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, and PolioPlus Partners, or the Humanitarian Grants Program.
The first Paul Harris Society was established in 1998 in District 5340 (California, USA) by District Governor Wayne C. Cusick. The idea gained momentum and quickly spread to other districts throughout the world. The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation officially approved the Paul Harris Society as a district-administered recognition program effective 1 July 2006.
For more information, contact the District Paul Harris Society Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.