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Paul Harris Fellow Presentation

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PHF Presentation - Recipient Not Donor

The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.

Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of the Rotary Foundation. Today we have the honour and pleasure of recongising NAME as (he/she) becomes a Paul Harris Fellow.

The following optional sentence may be added if the donor is to be announced.

(He/She) was designated to receive this recongnition as a special expression of appreciation from the [name of individual or group making the PHF].

A world of peace and goodwill comes closer to realty today as [name] becomes a Paul Harris Fellow. It is because of gifts like one made in [name’s] honour that The Rotary Foundation is able to carry out an array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world: improved living conditions, increased food production, better education, wider availability of treatment and rehabilitation for sick and disabled, new channels for the flow of international understanding and brighter hopes for peace.

A contribution to The Rotary Foundation is an investment in the ideal of goodwill, peace and understanding. That is an ideal held high by Rotarians the world over, and one that [name] clearly shares. Working with such individuals of goodwill, we believe the ideal will become a reality.

It gives me great pleasure, NAME to present to you the three emblems of appreciation given to a Paul Harris Fellow – certificate, medallion and pin. Please accept our congratulations and sincere thanks, for your commitment to our common goals of world understanding and peace. NOTE: These remarks are suitable for a presentation when the recipient is not the donor. For a different version of remarks for use when the recipient is also the donor to the Rotary Foundation, please see the next page.

PHF Presentation - Recipient Is Donor

The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.

We move close to a world of peace and goodwill today as NAME becomes a Paul Harris Fellow. (His/Her) gift to The Rotary Foundation’s educational and humanitarian program is a commitment to peace and a better life for people across the world whom (he/she) may never meet. This is a truly selfless action.

NAME, it is because of gifts like yours that The Rotary Foundation is able to carry out an array of programs that achieve beneficial changes to our world: improved living conditions, increased food production, better education, wider availability of treatment and rehabilitation for sick and disabled, new channels for the flow of international understanding, and brighter hopes for peace.

In becoming a Paul Harris Fellow, NAME joins a remarkable company of persons throughout the world. All recognised for their devotion to the ideal of goodwill, peace and understanding. It is the goal of Rotarians the world over, and one than [name] clearly shares.

It gives me great pleasure, NAME, to present you with the three emblems of appreciation given to a Paul Harris Fellow – certificate, medallion and pin. We congratulate you and we thank you for your commitment to the programs of The Rotary Foundation.

Paul Harris said:

He who tries to find the good in others will be rewarded, for others will surely find the good in him. Of all the earth’s sad and lonesome creatures, the most helpless is he who loves not his fellowmen.
The Rotarian, February 1923