At the Christmas Lunch of the Rotary Club of Wellington on 15th December 2017 Rotarian John Wardle was inducted as a Paul Harris Fellow by President Brain Richards.  

Paul Harris Fellow is named for the founder of Rotary. The Paul Harris Fellow appellation was established in his honour in 1957 to express appreciation for the contribution to the humanitarian and educational programmes of The Rotary Foundation. These programmes include an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding.

Rotarians designate a Paul Harris Fellow to recognise a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of The Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace. .

The Rotary Club of Wellington recognises people who demonstrate these qualities. We thank them for demonstrating in their life and vocation a commitment to helping persons in need here and around the world. The Club particularly recognises Rotarians on the basis of outstanding service to Rotary, to the Club and to the wider community.

Awards to non-Rotarians reflect outstanding service to the community. The Rotary Club of Wellington’s donations to The Rotary Foundation generate credits for each $1000 donated. When a person is selected to become a Paul Harris Fellow a credit is used. Thus, this is a recognition made on behalf of all members of the Club, to which all have given, and is not lightly made.

The emblems of a Paul Harris Fellow are a certificate and lapel pin. The Certificate states that a person is named a Paul Harris Fellow “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between the peoples of the world.” It is expected that Paul Harris Fellows wear the pin to all Rotary events, as a symbol of appreciation for and support of the programmes of The Rotary Foundation.

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