Rotarian Leonard McGowan named Paul Harris Fellow

The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) 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 founder Paul Harris, a Chicago Lawyer who began Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.

On January 5, 2021, Marlin’s Rotary Club President Dr. Marilyn Martin presented Mr. Leonard McGowan with the title of Paul Harris Fellow and the distinguished chevron pin. The Paul Harris recipient goes above and beyond in serving our community through promoting change and understanding. The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation and is the highest award in Rotary. 

President Martin expressed the Rotary Foundation’s gratitude for Mr. McGowan’s commitment.

Leonard McGowan’s generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world.

By giving from the heart each and every year, Paul Harris Fellows support families and change lives. Paul Harris Society 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, and; Treated mosquito nets and medical services that prevent malaria in Mali.

Mr. Leonard McGowan joins the ranks of many other notable figures named Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Pérez de Cuellar, and polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk.

Rotary is an international organization of business and professional leaders united worldwide, who provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. It is 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities (graduating high school Seniors’ scholarships, for example) and around the world.

Rotary Club of Marlin meetings are held every Wednesday at noon at the Chicken Place in Marlin, TX.


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