WEST LAFAYETTE -- The first president of Rotary International was Paul Harris. As a result of Harris's idea, the Paul Harris Fellow recognition was proposed as a means of endowing the Rotary Foundation.

The distinctive Paul Harris Fellow medallion, lapel pin and attractive certificate have become highly-respected symbols of a substantial financial commitment to the Rotary Foundation by Rotarians and friends. All members of the local West Lafayette Club have become Paul Harris Fellows, which now designates the club as a Paul Harris Club.

Internationally, there are over 1 million Paul Harris Fellows which has made it possible for Rotary International to promote many programs such as the education of polio around the world, ambassadorial scholarships, World Peace Fellowships, and working with hunger and health issues in underdeveloped countries.

At the Paul Harris meeting, the following Rotarians and friends completed the 100 percent Paul Harris Club. They are Vic Cardenzana, Ed Chapdelaine, Dorothy Dalton, Jay Davis, Connie Lahna, Christie Maurer, June Markley and Joe Scott. Other members who were already Paul Harris Fellows include Ed Honabarger, Kelly Kendall, Dan Markley, Catherine Miller, Bob Nelson, Harold Ott, John Powell and Clyde Zimmer.

The club was honored to have the District Governor Ram Gawande and his wife, Shushi, assistant district governor, Shane Pyle and spouses and friends in attendance at the meeting. The West Lafayette Rotary Club will be honored as a Paul Harris Club at the District Conference in Athens, May 13-16.