Covington Rotary club receives prestigious honor
The Rotary Club of Covington reached a milestone achievement Tuesday when it became part of just 14 percent of clubs worldwide to have 100 percent Paul Harris Fellow participation.
The Paul Harris Fellow status means a member is recognized as having $1,000 donated to the Rotary Foundation. Every member of the Rotary Club of Covington has now reached that status.
The Foundation, started in 1917, is a charitable organization supporting thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease, promote peace, provide basic education and grow local economies.
The project funded by the Foundation is Polio Plus, the effort to eradicate polio.
Rotary began fighting Polio when it immunized 6 million children in the Philippines in 1979. In 1980, Rotary committed to eliminating the disease through immunization and in 1988 helped launch the global eradication initiative.
Since 1988, 2.5 billion children have been immunized against Polio in 122 countries and cases of the disease are down 99.9 percent since the initiative began. The virus is now limited to just Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria.
There are more than 34,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and 2,000 of those clubs have 100 percent Paul Harris Fellow status.
Within the district the Covington club falls under, comprised of 75 clubs, the Rotary Club of Covington is the 44th club to get this honor.
Tuesday, Rotary Club of Covington members received certificates and pins for being Paul Harris Fellows with a past and future district president in attendance.The club was also given two other recognitions: Being a 100 percent Sustaining Club and an Every Rotarian Every Year (EREY) club.
A 100 percent Sustaining Club has every club member donate at least $100 a year to the foundation and an EREY Club has everyone donate something as well.
Rotary Club of Covington members received the Paul Harris Fellow this week. Pictured, left to right, are Club President Stacey Cotton, Brad Stewart, Tarrance Houston, Carter Rogers, Cathy Laseter, Bryan Fazio, Samantha Fuhrey, Thomas Kephart, Keith Adams, Brian Burgoyne, Gena McLendon, Past District Governor Gary Moore, District Governor Elect David Cooper and District Foundation Chair Bill St. Clair..
Rotary Club of Covington Past President Tommy Davis and District Foundation Chair Bill St. Clair hold up banners for 100 percent Sustaining Club and EREY Club.