The Paul Harris Society


The Paul Harris Society

The Paul Harris Society is a recognition program designed for Rotarians and others who wish to support the Foundation in a more substantial way each year. It recognizes Rotarians and friends of The Rotary Foundation who annually contribute $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus or an approved Rotary Foundation Grant.

Joining the Paul Harris Society is a major commitment, and not every Rotarian can donate at this level. However, we ask that each Rotarian who is able, to consider joining the Society. The financial support will be of immense value to the Foundation in its mission to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill and peace through its fellowship of business, professional and community leaders.

In the 2014-2015 Rotary Year, 254 District 5170 members donated at least $1,000 each to The Rotary Foundation.  They accounted for approximately 1/3 of the total amount donated by District Rotarians to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus and approved grants.  However, only 59 of these Rotarians are members of the Paul Harris Society.  To become a member of the Society, one must commit to making the donation every year.  For the 2015-2016 Rotary year, District 5170 is focusing on encouraging donors of $1,000 or more during the year to become Paul Harris Society members.

With your gift you're promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education, and growing local economics through grants that:

  • Bring peace-building seminars to 200 teachers and 1,300 students in Uganda
  • Distribute insecticide-treated mosquito nets and medical services that help prevent malaria in Mali.
  • Train teachers who are establishing an early childhood education center in South Africa.
  • Provide water filters, toilet blocks, hygiene training to prevent fluorsis in a community in India.
  • Fund a scholarship for medical professionals to research treatment to minimize mortality rates among premature babies in Italy.
  • Protect children around the world from Polio.

Rotary Direct, Rotary's recurring giving program, makes it easy to join the Paul Harris society,

For more information about the Paul Harris Society and the District’s program, download the following documents found on the left side of this page under "Files":

  1. PHS Brochure;
  2. PHS Presentation - A Power Point Presentation on the Paul Harris Society
  3. Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

You may also contact 

Phillip Dean

District 5170 Paul Harris Society Coordinator and 925-980-5523