Paul Harris Fellows

Paul Harris fellows

Our Paul Harris Fellows

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The history of Paul Harris Fellow Recognition

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships.

The first Paul Harris Fellows include 1937-38 RI Director Allison G. Brush and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions made in 1957.

Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion.

Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow.

At the International Assembly in 1979, then-RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.

The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the one million mark in 2006.

In Katanning, we recognise those Rotarians that we consider have contributed to the advancement of our Club, the promotion of Rotary International, and for service to the greater community with a Paul Harris Fellow. We will occasionally endow the same honour to non-Rotarians who we consider have gone over and above to serve their community.

paul harris fellowKatanning Rotary Club’s
Paul Harris Fellows

Alan Bell
Bill Trimming
Robert Dickie (Dcd)
Sydney Dwyer (Dcd)
Colin Stade
Tony Rondoni
 ……………………………………………….Brian Elder (Dcd)


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Arthur Todd




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Peter Kerin




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Adrian Edwards




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Doug Hepworth




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Alex Leach





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Donald Coventry (dec)




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Geoff Beeck




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Barry Ramm





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Greg James





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Tiny Holly
Recognised by the Rotary Clubs of
Katanning & South Bunbury
for his contribution in raising funds
for charitable causes – over $10 million.



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Isobel Bradbury
Recognised for her life-time involvement
with St John Ambulance and many other
community organisations.



Mabel Prosser (Dcd)
Recognised for her support of Rotary
and Service to her community





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