The Rotary Foundation is the flagship of Rotary International’s efforts to provide “Service Above Self” to the world through educational and humanitarian projects. The contributions of individual Rotarians support world-wide programs which provide clean water, promote literacy, continue the race to eradicate polio, and fund Global and District Grants.

District 5340 pioneered a way for dedicated Rotarians to support this good work, while honoring Rotary founder Paul Harris and celebrating the Rotary Centennial. Those donors who agree to contribute $1,000.00 each year to the Rotary Foundation will be awarded membership in the Paul Harris Society of District 5340, and will be afforded the personal satisfaction accompanying such selfless acts.

The Paul Harris Society was founded on the premise that, although it is not appropriate for all members, there are many District 5340 Rotarians who are both willing and able to provide this level of support for initiatives that will make both our local communities and the world better places in which to live.


Society members will receive District-wide recognition on appropriate occasions and a distinctive blue and gold emblem or “ribbon,” which can be worn with the Paul Harris Fellow pin or the Rotary Member pin. Each PHS member receives an officially-presented recognition certificate signed by the District Governor. They will also qualify for The Rotary Foundation’s Paul Harris Fellow or Multiple Paul Harris Fellow recognition.


Impact of Paul Harris Society Membership

By giving from the heart each and every year, Paul Harris Society members support families and change lives. These annual gifts have helped provide:

  • Vocational training for teachers establishing an early childhood education center in South Africa
  • Water filters, toilets, and hygiene training to prevent fluorosis, diarrhea, and other diseases in India
  • A scholarship for a medical professional in Italy to research treatments that minimize mortality rates among premature babies
  • Peace-building seminars for 200 teachers and 1,300 students in Uganda
  • Treated mosquito nets and medical services that prevent malaria in Mali

Joining the Paul Harris Society - It's Easy

Simply complete on-line the Paul Harris Society Membership Form. It is very important to enter your personal contact information, Club name and number your Rotary membership number on the form, as this prevents multiple records from being created for you. Your Rotary membership number is printed on the mailing label on the front cover of your Rotarian magazine, as well as on the printed Semi-Annual Report (SAR) and Dues Billing Statement received by your Club Secretary or the Club Recognition Summary that is available to your Club Secretary online. Your Club Secretary or Foundation Chair can also assist you in filling out the form.

After that, you can make one-time donations by clicking here. You may also want to consider monthly giving via Rotary Direct, where you can easily select the recurring gift amount and register for the Paul Harris Society with one check box. Download Rotary Direct info by clicking here.


Maintaining Membership in the Paul Harris Society

Maintaining membership means donating at least $1,000.00 to the The Rotary Foundation’s Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, and PolioPlus Partners, or the Humanitarian Grants Program during each successive Rotary year. Donations can be made online through a secure website by clicking here. Please keep the District 5340 Paul Harris Society Committee informed of the fact that you have done so.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact

Larry Scott, District PHS Chair and Past District Governor