Paul Harris, an attorney, founded the Rotary Club of Chicago on February 23, 1905.   Its purpose was to establish a place where persons with diverse backgrounds and skills could get acquainted, exchange ideas and provide meaningful community service.


"Whatever Rotary may mean to us, to the world it will be known by the results it achieves." 

image Paul Harris
Rotary founder



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.


For each dollar given to The Rotary Foundation, a recognition point is awarded in a 1:1 ratio.   Over the years, our club has accumulated close to 65,000 recognition points, and in January the Board of Directors approved using these recognition points to present club members with their first Paul Harris Fellow.   


We now have 100% Paul Harris Fellows of our club membership.  What a great way to kick-off our Club's 100th anniversary in 2021!  


The highest honor for a Rotarian is to become a Paul Harris Fellow.


To celebrate this great achievement for our club, The Rotary Club of Ames invites you and a guest to an event on the evening of Wednesday, May 16th where we will present 60 club members with their first Paul Harris Fellow.


Mark your calendars:  


Wednesday, May 16th, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., with the program to start at 6:30

Reiman Ballroom, ISU Alumni Center,

Dinner choices: Chicken, Fish, Vegetarian,

Cash bar, Cy’s Lounge