The Rotary Club of Joliet recently recognized Paul Harris Fellows who have donated $1,000 or more to help support the Rotary Foundation’s humanitarian and educational programs worldwide. Members are asked to contribute on a yearly basis. Mike Hennessey, club foundation chair acknowledged the new Paul Harris Fellows for the 2009-10 year.

They include:

New Paul Harris Fellows ($1,000 to 1,999) - John Greuling, David June, Tom Mahalik, Janet Markelz, Steve Miller, Ann O’Neill, Sr. Mary Frances Seeley, Dr. Paul Swanstrom, Mike Turk and Aileen Louise Hamilton (daughter of Joliet Rotarian Howard Hamilton)

Paul Harris Fellows +1 Level of Giving ($2,000 to 2,999) - Paul Blatti, Robert Filotto, Art Galli, Jr., Rick Gregg, Steve Klafter, Mike Rittof and Walt Zaida.

Paul Harris Fellows +2 Level of Giving ($3,000 to 3,999) - Beth Garrow, Howard Hamilton and Mike Hennessy

Paul Harris Fellow +5 Level of Giving ($6,000 to 6,999) - James Costello

Paul Harris +7 Level of Giving ($8,000 to 8,999) - Paul Gantzert

The Paul Harris Society is named after Paul P. Harris, founder of Rotary International.  Harris formed the world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on Feb. 23,  1905 with the intention to recapture in professional clubs, the same friendly spirit of community he’d seen in the small towns of his youth. Today, Paul Harris Fellows contribute to The Rotary Foundation’s programs that include:

  • A well for clean water to a community in India
  • Equipment for a children's library in Ecuador
  • Polio vaccine for numerous children
  • Playground equipment, musical instruments, and therapeutic toys for rehabilitating orphans - and other children in the Czech Republic
  • Eyeglasses for needy adults in the Philippines
  • Funding for a portion of a Group Study