The Gadsden Rotary Club recently recognized four members by awarding them a Paul Harris Fellowship.
Velda Eugenias, president, and Wilbur (Bubba) Masters, president elect, presented the distinctive Paul Harris Fellow lapel pin to Joanne Hightower, Emily Hawk-Mills, Valerie Richardson, and Velda Eugenias, for their contributions to Rotary International.
The Paul Harris Fellowship is given in honor of Paul Harris, who founded Rotary in 1905. The Fellowship was established in 1957 to express appreciation for a $1000 contribution to support humanitarian and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation.
These programs include various projects that save and enhance the lives of people around the world promoting international friendship and understanding. These Foundation programs provide educational opportunities, food, clean water, health care, immunizations and shelter for millions of people.
These activities are funded, implemented and managed by Rotarians and Rotary clubs around the world. Including the presentation of these awards, Gadsden Rotary currently has 24 members with a Paul Harris Fellow distinctive designation. These members have exemplified the true spirit of Rotary by setting high standards of leadership and compassion for others to follow.
During the District Conference held in Birmingham, the Gadsden Rotary Club received special recognition and was presented four ribbons and two certificates for achieving excellence in the following areas: literacy, membership sustainability, Interact, Foundation, Presidential Citation, and Star Club.