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The Rotary Club of Jacksonville recently honored 13 people for their service and volunteerism by naming them Paul Harris Fellows. Rotarian Ann Baker, Dale Bainter, David Blanchette, Ann Burries, Adam Fletcher, Brett Gilbreth, Ron Heard, Rotarian Joe Kaufmann, Rotarian Dan Lepper, Phil McCarty, Rotarian Alberta Robinson, Rotarian Abby Rose and Dan Thompson received the awards.
The Paul Harris Fellowship, named for the founder of Rotary, is an honor established by the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International in 1957 to honor individuals who, though not necessarily members of Rotary, carry out activities that exemplify the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation. Members of Rotary earn the ability to designate either themselves or others a Paul Harris Fellow upon making a contribution of $1,000.00 to the Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary Club of Jacksonville has been in existence for 104 years, has named more than 350 Paul Harris Fellows and has contributed $458,430.00 to the Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
The awardees are recognized for their service to the community. Each Fellowship recipient was presented with a certificate, pin and medallion, with one of the Rotary members responsible for awarding the Fellowship and explaining why the individual was selected.
Rotary unites people from all continents, cultures and occupations. Rotarians are leaders in their fields and communities. Rotarians’ diverse perspectives help them to identify and solve problems in communities throughout the world. For more information about the Jacksonville Rotary Club and its service initiatives, visit http://jacksonvillerotary.org/.