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Becoming a Paul Harris Fellow

Paul Harris

Anyone contributing US$1,000 or more to the Rotary Annual Programs Fund (read more about the fund below) or has that amount contributed in their name may become a Paul Harris Fellow. This fellowship is named after Paul. P. Harris, founder of Rotary in 1905.

Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate, a pin, and a medallion.Paul Harris Fellow pin

PDF Document ApplicationDownload, complete and submit the Paul Harris Fellow application and contribution form (PDF).

history book iconRotary's founder, Paul Harris, was former Jacksonville businessman who worked for our club's first president George Clark. Read more about the friendship between these two men which eventually led to the founding of our club in February 1912.

The world's first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, a former Jacksonville resident and employee of George Clark the first president of the Rotary Club of Jacksonville. After leaving North Florida he moved to Chicago and studied for the Illinois bar. Harris wished to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth.

The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices.

Rotary's popularity spread, and within a decade, clubs were chartered from San Francisco to New York to Winnipeg, Canada. The Rotary Club of Jacksonville became Florida's first club and the second in the South in 1912. By 1921, Rotary clubs had been formed on six continents. The organization adopted the Rotary International name a year later.

As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving club members' professional and social interests. Rotarians began pooling their resources and contributing their talents to help serve communities in need. The organization's dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto: Service Above Self. By 1925, Rotary had grown to 200 clubs with more than 20,000 members. The organization's distinguished reputation attracted presidents, prime ministers, and a host of other luminaries to its ranks - among them author Thomas Mann, diplomat Carlos P. Romulo, humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, and composer Jean Sibelius.

Annual Programs Fund

 The Annual Fund makes it possible for Rotary clubs to transform lives worldwide. Your generous support funds local and international projects that advance The Rotary Foundation’s mission. All contributions to the fund are spent on quality Rotary projects. Help support these projects.

The Every Rotarian, Every Year (EREY) initiative encourages all Rotary club members to help us reach our goal to support The Rotary Foundation financially each year. Our 2014-2015 Worldwide EREY fundraising goal (Annual Fund goal) is US$104 million.


Rotary World Fund imageYou can direct your Annual Fund gift to SHARE, the World Fund, or an area of focus fund.

SHARE is the primary source of funding for Rotary Foundation programs. It's also the only Annual Fund designation that generates funding for the District Designated Fund. Rotary districts use their DDF to pay for the Foundation activities they choose to participate in.

World Fund contributions provide the Foundation’s portion of funding for approved grants. Through the World Fund, the Foundation Trustees can allocate funds where the needs are the greatest.

Areas of focus contributions provide the Foundation's portion of funding for activities addressing critical humanitarian issues and needs.