Shaw Honored as Paul Harris Fellow
GLEASON (June 4) — During its regular weekly meeting, the Gleason Rotary Club honored Delois Shaw as a Paul Harris Fellow. A Paul Harris Fellow is Rotary International’s way of recognizing an individual and expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. The fellowship is named for the founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.
In 1989, Shaw became the first female to join the Gleason Rotary Club and later club president. Since joining Rotary, she has left her stamp on the club as a model Rotarian. Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of Rotary. She was designated to receive the recognition as a special expression of appreciation from the Gleason Rotary Club.
Club President Jason Martin, who conducted the presentation said, “It gave me great pleasure to present Delois as a Paul Harris Fellow. She is a staple of the club and is a wonderful sounding board when I have had questions as president.”
The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.
“I was asked by a few Rotarians who were Paul Harris Fellows in the club about Delois joining our ranks as a fellow. As a group, we decided no one deserved it more. So we made the necessary contribution in her name,” added Martin.
The Paul Harris Fellow 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.