Polio Plus Video

Check out this great Polio Plus video, as shared by recent speaker Kevin Kelly, Major Gifts Officer from Rotary International. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bUtprGjIYqo&t=1s

East Lansing Rotary Club Donates $900 to Haven House Shelter

The East Lansing Rotary Club proudly donated $900 to the Haven House Shelter for their 2017 Thanksgiving program.  Photo, from left to right: EL Rotarian Bill Webb, Tom Antaya (Tom’s Food Centers) and EL Rotarian Joe Osypczuk present the annual Thanksgiving Dinner project check to EL Rotarian Nathan Triplett, who was representing the Haven House Shelter at the Rotary Club of East Lansing luncheon on November 27th.Thank you to all who donated! 

EL Rotarian Gian Luca Gamberini Receives Paul Harris Fellow

East Lansing Rotarian Gian Luca Gamberini receives his Paul Harris Fellow from Club President Ody Norkin.  Congratulations, Luca!

From Rotary.org:

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

It was established in 1957 to show appreciation for and encourage substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships.

The first Paul Harris Fellows include 1937-38 RI Director Allison G. Brush and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions made in 1957.

Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the RI Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of then-past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to purchase a Paul Harris Fellow medallion.

Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, then-District Governor Vann Taylor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow.

At the International Assembly in 1979, then-RI President-elect James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Many other notable figures have been named as Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and Jonas Salk.

The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the one million mark in 2006.