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Paul Percy Harris  (April 19, 1868-January 27, 1947) is best known for founding Rotary International. Harris was born in Racine, Wisconin, but grew up in Vermont.  He later moved to  Chicago, Illinois to begin his law practice.

Harris attended Princeton University, the University of Vermont and the University of Iowa.  Few people know that for the next five years  after school he worked odd jobs for the newspaper, as a salesman, on fruit farms, as an actor, and on cattle ships that traveled to Europe.

Paul Harris is the namesake of the Paul Harris Fellowship award.  This award recognizes members who contribute $1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, or the Humanitarian Grants Program, for people who have that amount contributed in their name, can be recognized as Paul Harris Fellows. Each new Paul Harris Fellow receives a commemorative certificate, a pin, and a medallion.

Additional recognition is given for those who contribute $2,000 and above.  Visit the Rotary International Website www.rotary.org for detailed information on the Paul Harris Fellowship Award