Donors of $1000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, or people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate and a pin to wear proudly.


Taking Paul Harris to Heart!

By Marge Mercurio 

It was a party, a meeting, a celebration, a breakfast, a reunion and so much more! It was a local action making a global statement. It was on the cusp of World Understanding Month.

Thirteen Mead Rotarians received Paul Harris Fellows in January at the Mead Town Hall. This group joins four other Mead Rotarians who have received one or more Paul Harris Fellows. It’s known and understood that the money given to Rotary International (RI) is returned to the community in the form of grants. The Mead Rotary club is especially aware of this process because they have written and received grants for their water and sanitation projects in Nicaragua.  Money given to RI comes back in the form of clean water, polio drops, education, literacy, peace resolution and community development and so much more.

But, why stop at 13 Paul Harris Fellows when you can also induct two new club members? Excitement was in the air as the individuals were inducted, welcomed and applauded -- bringing the club total to 30 members.

The celebration included District Governor Mike, Mead Rotary club members, spouses, grandchildren, friends, Mead High School Interact students, visiting members from Carbon Valley Rotary and Longmont Rotary, Assistant Governor Rose Chamberlain, District Secretary Bev Mendel and no doubt the spirit of Paul Harris.

The money donated to Rotary International is nothing until it is paired with dedicated people who have the desire to make a difference. Mead Rotarians make a difference. In 1934, Arch Klumph the mastermind behind the Paul Harris Fellow said,

“Money alone does little good.

Individual service is helpless without money.

The two together can be a Godsend to civilization.”

The Mead Rotary club helps pair money with members, service, giving and fellowship. It’s a thing of beauty – just like the gathering in the Mead Town Hall!