The Rotary Club of the Pelhams presented PMHS Principal Jeannine Clark with a Paul Harris Fellow recognition pin and certificate on Wednesday, April 18 for her commitment to the club's Scholars of the Month program which honors two PMHS students each month during the school year.
The presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow recognition is Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.
With a contribution to Rotary International, Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of The Rotary Foundation. The Scholars of the Month program allows the local Rotary Club to recognize scholastic achievement and it give the scholars an opportunity to gain an understanding of the many things Rotary does.
"A luncheon may be a brief encounter but it is our hope the scholars leave with an appreciation of Rotary’s dedication to global and local enrichment," said Rotary President Lyn Roth-Jacobs in making the presentation.
"The world of peace and good will comes closer to reality today as Jeanine becomes a Paul Harris Fellow." she continued. "It is because of gifts like the one made in Jeanine’s honor that The Rotary Foundation is able to carry out an array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world: improved living conditions, increased food production, better education, wider availability of treatment and rehabilitation for the sick and disabled, new channels for the flow of international understanding and brighter hopes for peace."
"A contribution to The Rotary Foundation by our club is an investment in the ideal of good will, peace and understanding. That is an ideal held high by Rotarians the world over, and one that Jeanine Clark clearly shares," Ms. Roth-Jacobs said. "By working with such individuals of good will, we believe the ideal will become a reality."