Paul Harris Honour

A Paul Harris Fellow is both recognition for exemplary work in club or community service or helping those in need, or a method of recognising a substantial donation to The Rotary Foundation. 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. 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.

Paul Harris Fellow recognitions in Australia have been awarded to Rotarians and others that have shown that they are prepared to go that extra mile in support of people in need.  It is an emphatic acknowledgement of the appreciation shown for tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world. These awards have been presented to many outstanding leaders in the community, as well as to “ordinary people doing extraordinary things”.  Paul Harris Fellow recognitions have been awarded to over 40,000 people in Australia, and more than 1.3m worldwide.