The Montgomery Rotary Club, for the first time in its 106 year history, is a Paul Harris Fellow 100% Club. The new flag was unfurled during the Club Assembly when our presidents traditionally pass the gavel of leadership. Some of the most recent recipients stand with PDG Sam Adams as the Club joins a very select few clubs to have received this honor. RI only presents this award once in the lifetime of a club.
According to RI, out of our 35,000 clubs across the world, 3,686 clubs have received this honor. In District 6880, only three other clubs hold this distinction: Fairhope, Luverne and Montgomery Sunrise. It
is estimated that less than 400 of the 35,000 PHF 100% Clubs have membership exceeding 100 members.
PDG Sam explained that the decision to create the PHF was made back in 1957 after the death of our Founder, Paul Harris, some ten years earlier. The PHF was originally designed to raise money for the Foundation and that is still the case. It has been an incredibly successful campaign.
As time went on, however, some clubs have turned it into a merit based award for service in or outside the club. As a result, in some areas PHF awards have dropped off in recent years. He concluded by saying, "Receiving a PHF is the true beginning of your Rotary journey, not the end of it. Strive to honor Rotary by contributing your time and resources to the Foundation.