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Club Awards - Paul Harris Fellows
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Lin Anderson Marc L. Levin Anthony E. Nericcio
  Dan Litwin  
John B. Boden* Patricia Lyman John B. Newman*
Morton W. Briggs*(2) Theron W. Malcher (1) Richard J. O'Brien*
Kathryn I. Briggs* Mario J. Mazzotta Cliff M. O'Callahan, MD Phd
Robert H. Briggs* (2) Salvatore A. Mazzotta* J. Paul Peterson*
M. Gilbert Burford* Lawrence & Jane Marino William R. Peterson*
Richard Carella Joseph Marino (1) Stuart T. Porter, Jr.
Jean M. D'Aquila, Esq Howard McAuliffe* Howard Reid (1)
Arthur Director (5)*   Bruce Ricker (1)
Douglas Dorman (2)   Carol Ricker
Bruce Driska   Jon Romero
    Lisa Santangelo
Cheryl A. Duey (2)   Joe Santaniello
Laura Falt   Deborah Shapiro
Salvatore Fazzino* Larry McHugh Ernest I. Schwarz
G. Robert Feeley, Jr.* Gordon B. McWilliams Ralph H. Shaw, II (2)
Richard E. Feitel Arthur S. Meyers (1) Leonard Smith*
Bernie Fields* Nancy B. Meyers Christopher Soulias (1)
    Cathy Stebbins
John E. Fleming (1) James Misenti Frank Sumpter (1)
Robert C. Fusari, Sr.   Michael Taylor
Gary R. Gomola (4) Salvatore Misenti (1) Richard W. Tomc
Patricia Wolf Gomola (5) Mark Masselli Allen M. Tucker*
Robert S. Gomola* Betsy Morgan Patricia Tucker
Welles Guilmartin (3) Ralph Morgan* Patti Anne Vassia
Jeffrey G. Haines Lois A. Muraro (2) Ken Vaughan (1)
Kenneth T. Hampton* Garrell Mullaney Jeff Walter
Jorgen Hansen Susan Murphy William & Susan Wasch
Clarence Harwood* David B. Mylchreest (1)*  Martin B. Weiner*(1)
Idella Howell* Wilfredo Nieves Kevin Wilhelm (1)
    Justin Wilkie*
Phelps Ingersoll*   Carlton H. Winslow (2)
David Kelsey   Joan S. Youngs
Ronald Krum   Steven Young*
Sidney Keser*    
Trish Lambert    

 

*Deceased 

A number following the name indicates a Paul Harris Sapphire and how many.       

 

 Paul Harris Fellow Community Service Award

 

The Middletown Rotary Club recognizes deserving individuals within our club and our community who embody the Rotary International motto of “Service Above Self” through the awarding of Paul Harris Fellowships. Paul Harris Fellows have provided exemplary community service over a sustained period of time. Our club makes a donation to the Rotary International Foundation in the name of local Paul Harris Fellows.


The mission of The Rotary Foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. What would it take to change the world? Rotary's 1.2 million members believe it starts with a commitment to “Service Above Self.”


In more than 34,000 clubs worldwide, members volunteer in communities at home and abroad to support education and job training, provide clean water, combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, and eradicate polio. 

        

Who Was Paul Harris?

 

Paul P. Harris, a lawyer, was the founder of Rotary, the world's first and most international service club.

 

Born in Racine Wisconsin, USA on 19 April 1868, Paul was the second of six children to George N. Harris and Cornelia Bryan Harris. At age 3 he moved to Wallingford, Vermont where he grew up in the care of his paternal grandparents. Married to Jean Thompson Harris (1881 - 1963), they had no children. He received an L.L.B. from the University of Iowa and received an honorary L.L.D. from the University of Vermont.

 

Paul Harris worked as a newspaper reporter, a business teacher, stock company actor, cowboy, and traveled extensively in the U.S.A. and Europe selling marble and granite. In 1896, he went to Chicago to practice law. One evening Paul visited the suburban home of a professional friend. After dinner, as they strolled through the neighborhood, Paul's friend introduced him to various tradesmen in their stores. It was here Paul conceived the idea of a club that could recapture some of the friendly spirit among businessmen in small communities.

 

On 23 February, 1905, Paul Harris formed the first club with three other businessmen: Silvester Schiele, a coal merchant; Gustavus Loehr, a mining engineer; and Hiram Shorey, a merchant tailor. Paul Harris named the new club "Rotary" because members met in rotation at their various places of business. Club membership grew rapidly. Soon Paul became convinced that the Rotary club could be developed into an important service movement and strove to extend Rotary to other cities.

 

Paul was also prominent in other civic and professional work. He served as the first chairman of the board of the national Easter Seal Society of Crippled Children and Adults in the U.S.A. and of the International Society for Crippled Children. He was a member of the board of managers of the Chicago Bar Association and its representative at the International Congress of Law at the Hague, and a committee member of the American Bar Association. He received the Silver Buffalo Award from the Boy Scouts of America for distinguished service to youth, and was decorated by the governments of Brazil, Chile, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France and Peru.

 

Paul maintained his law office for most of his life. He spent much time traveling and was invited to speak to Rotarians at annual conventions, district and regional meetings, and other functions. When President emeritus Paul Harris passed away on 27 January, 1947, his dream had grown from an informal meeting of four men to some 6,000 clubs. In the past five decades, the organization has grown to more than 34,000 clubs with 1.2 million members brought together through Paul Harris' vision of service and fellowship.