The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.

Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships.

The first Paul Harris Fellows included past RI Director Allison G. Brush, who served during the 1937-38 Rotary year, and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions actually made in that inaugural year.

The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the 1 million mark in 2006. Including the following from the Rotary Club of East York:

Ron Alleway
Sal Badali
Dave Baillie
Jim Bell
Bernie Crystal
Don Hough
Mario Konidis
Tom Maniscole
Paul McCutcheon
John McMillan
George Merkel
Jim Musgrave
Roy Parsons
Vern Purcell
Len Scott
Fred Speer
Don Voisey
Joe Young
Don French
Gerry McGhee
Shirley Samis
Bob Bryers
Ron King
Scott Lyall
Tony Rumolo
Larry Whatmore
Bill Boyd
Patrick Grist
Crystal Lambkin
Al Schaafsma
Nick Lawley
Nicole Patterson
Darryl Patterson
Frank Bott
Kim Brown
Gord Dobbin
Mary Horrigan
Jan Lyall
Jean Bryers
David Pyette
Carolyn Parker
Carolyn Griffis
Patrick Grist & Frank Bott --- Paul Harris Award Pinning of Mr. Frank Bott - Congratulations --- You"ve done a tremendous amount of work over soooo many years.... keep it going .... Great Job
Rotarians,--- Jan Lyall & Kim Brown ---- Kim receives her second Paul Harris Award Pin ... Congratulations Kim ... Many of our Rotarians are such givers..... : )) Jan and Kim have both been a Rotary President