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The Paul Harris Fellowship Award

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. 

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.

On the 27th February 2017 during the Presidential handover meeting, Addiscombe and Shirley Rotary were very proud to award 3 Paul Harris Fellowships to members for their outstanding contributions. 

Congratulations to Chris Rutter who for so many years has organised our Christmas collections and recently retired after 5 years a Club Secretary.
​Chris joined Rotary in 2000.
A well deserved fellowship for Barry Cogdell who has erved as Club Secretary, President and is now an Ambassador for Protate Cancer UK. Barry joined Rotary on 2004.
Des Wright has been organising  members for many years as Sport officer and our Professional Photgrapher. Des was President in 1999 and joined Rotary in 1994.