Le Prix de Paul Harris Fellow

The first Paul Harris Fellow medallion (left) and a later version. Various lapel and neck ribbons have been used with this medallion throughout the years.

L'histoire (En Anglais, Commentaire ci-dessous en Français).


The Paul Harris Fellow award 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.


By Susan Hanf

Rotary News



Commentaire en Français (De l'excellent site du Rotary Club de Sainte Foy La Grande)


Le médaillon distinctif attestant du titre de Paul Harris Fellow, l’insigne de boutonnière et le certificat sont devenus des symboles respectés d’une contribution financière substantielle à la Fondation Rotary de la part de Rotariens et amis du monde entier. En France, il est de tradition que le PHF soit le témoignage de reconnaissance pour souligner l’attachement rotarien d’un de ses membres et sa contribution effective aux actions du club.


En 2006, plus de 1,000,000 Paul Harris Fellows figuraient sur la liste de la Fondation Rotary. Le témoignage de reconnaissance Paul Harris encourage sans aucun doute un apport constant de fonds aux nombreux programmes de la Fondation favorisant l’entente et la bonne volonté dans le monde.

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