Kelly Carter Cook Makes a Paul Harris Fellow Recognition
The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is the Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for our founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.
Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of the Rotary Foundation. Today Cathy Cook, here from Sacramento, California for a visit with her daughter, Kelly, walked to the podium with Kelly thinking that she was to witness her daughter receive an award of some type. Surprise, surprise! Our President, Ed, and Kelly had the honor and pleasure of recognizing Cathy Cook as she became a Paul Harris Fellow.
It is because of gifts like the one made in Cathy’s honor that the Rotary Foundation is able to carry out an array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world: improved living conditions, increased food production, better education, wider availability of treatment and rehabilitation for the sick and disabled, new channels for the flow of international understanding, and brighter hopes for peace.
A contribution to The Rotary Foundation is an investment in the ideal of good will, peace, and understanding. That is an ideal held high by Rotarians the world over, and one that Kelly Carter clearly shares. Working with such individuals of good will, we believe the ideal will become a reality.