The Paul Harris Fellowship is an arm of the Rotary International Foundation. Continuing the legacy of our founder, the Paul Harris Fellow program recognizes individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. It is considered an honor to be a Paul Harris Fellow. Many of the awards are given by Rotarians in the name of others who have contributed much to their communities,wherever they may be, through their gifts of time, energy, talent and passion for others.
All Paul Harris funds are used by the International Organization to foster their Goals and Objectives: improved living conditions throughout the world; increased food production in impoverised countries; better education, especially for women and girls; wider availability of treatment and rehabilitation for the sick and disabled so they can better support themselves; new channels for the flow of international understanding between people and countries; and brighter hope for peace throughout the world.
Since its founding in 1996, the Rotary Club of the Villages has given $750,000 to this foundation through direct contributions by Rotarians and a few friends. Specific uses of these funds include Cleft palate/hair lip operations for children, Polio erradication, Literacy programs, Pure Water projects, School construction, Heart surgery programs, and Shelter Boxes.