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New Paul Harris Fellow recognition awarded by Rotary International

Rotary's Florencia Fingolo is honored with this great distinction

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition award acknowledges people who contribute to The Rotary Foundation, or who have contributions made in their name. Rotary International’s very own Florencia Fingolo was presented with the Paul Harris Fellow by the former president of Rotary Foundation, Ron Burton.

Florencia is awarded with the Paul Harris Fellow recognition

When giving $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or another approved Foundation grant, you are considered for the Paul Harris Fellow recognition award. It is also possible to recognize someone else as a Fellow, by giving that amount in their name. The recognition is not limited to Rotarians.

Additionally, individual Rotary clubs may honor individuals as Paul Harris Fellows. These are individuals who meet high professional and personal standards set forth by Paul Harris. Rotary International’s very own Florencia Fingolo is the latest honoree to receive this most distinguished recognition award. Florence has been a travel agent for over six years at Rotary International.

In that capacity, she handles all travel arrangements of past Rotary International President Burton, who presented her with the award. Florence received a special certificate and a gold pin.

‘The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International recognized Florencia Fingolo as Paul Harris Fellow in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world,’ as was written on the certificate.

"In appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world."

Paul Harris founded Rotary International in 1905. He organized the first Rotary Club 'in fellowship and friendship' with three clients and local businessmen. His aim was to bring together business leaders in order to provide humanitarian services and to advance goodwill and peace around the world. When Harris died in 1947, there were around 6000 Rotary clubs all over the world. Since then, the number of clubs has expanded to more than 35,000, with around 1.2 million members.

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition award was established in 1957. It was started to show appreciation for significant contributions to the Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study. At that time, it was the only program of the foundation.

Other notable figures have been named throughout the years as Paul Harris Fellows, such as U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell and UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar.  The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached one million mark in 2006.

In the last twenty years, Rotary's focus has been to end Polio. Every member of their community is working tirelessly towards putting an end to Polio. We’re very proud of the humanitarian actions of Rotary International. The value of these humanitarians is unmeasurable.

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