Paul Harris Society

The world's first service organization was started with the vision of one man, Paul Harris, a Chicago attorney, on February 23, 1905 as a place where professionals with diverse backgrounds could exchange ideas and form meaningful friendships.

What is the Paul Harris Society?

The Paul Harris Society, named for Rotary's founder, is made up of dedicated supporters who annually contribute $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Rotary Foundation grant.


Rotary's recurring giving program, Rotary Direct, is an easy way to give throughout the year. By giving from your heart each and every year, you'll support families and change lives. The annual support of Paul Harris Society members allows us to fulfill the promises we make to improve our communities and communities around the world.  Join the Paul Harris Society today.

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Paul Harris Fellowship

Paul Harris Fellow recognition was created in memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary as a way to show appreciation for contributions to the Foundation's charitable and educational program. A Paul Harris Fellow is an individual who contributes $1,000 or in whose name that amount is contributed. Every Paul Harris Fellow receives a pin, medallion and a certificate when he or she becomes a Fellow. This identifies the Paul Harris Fellow as an advocate of the Foundation's goals of world peace and international understanding. 

A sustaining member is an individual who contributes or in whose name is contributed a minimum of $100 with the commitment to contribute $1,000 within a ten-year period. 

Paul Harris Fellowship Recipients

The following members have been awarded this honorary status.

  • Hue McCoy
  • Ronnie T. Davis
  • Suzanne Green
  • John Silbernagel
  • Alex Patel


Paul Harris

"Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the World it will be known by the results it achieves."

Paul P. HarrisPaul Harris , Rotary founder

Paul P. Harris (1868-1947), a lawyer, was the founder of Rotary, the world's first and most international service club. Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide who provide humanitarian service, promote high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build good will and peace in the world.