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a photo of Jeanne Reaves and Bill Shubb
Judge Bill Shubb and Club Foundation Immediate Past President Jeanne Reaves

Paul Harris formed the world’s first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, on February 23, 1905. His intention was to recapture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth.

an old black and white photo of Paul Harris
Paul Harris

Today, Paul Harris Society contributions to The Rotary International Foundation support a wide range of humanitarian grants and educational programs that enable Rotarians to bring hope and promote international understanding throughout the world.

When a Rotarian makes a contribution to the Paul Harris Society, they receive a “Paul Harris” pin for each $1,000 donated.

Donations are used to provide grants for charitable community projects from individual clubs around the world.