The Paul Harris Society
The Paul Harris Society is a special recognition program designed for Rotarians who wish to support The Rotary Foundation in a more substantial way each year. The Paul Harris Society recognizes Rotarians and friends of The Rotary Foundation who annually contribute US$1,000 or more to the Annual Programs Fund, PolioPlus, and PolioPlus Partners, or the Humanitarian Grants Program.
The first Paul Harris Society was established in 1998 in District 5340 (California, USA) by District Governor Wayne C. Cusick. The idea gained momentum and quickly spread to other districts throughout the world. The Trustees of The Rotary Foundation officially approved the Paul Harris Society as a district-administered recognition program effective 1 July 2006.
The White Hat Society
Membership requires a donation of $5,000 to The Rotary Foundation in a single Rotary Year, but NOT every year. The intention is that this is a new contribution and does not involve existing “Points.” In addition, a member must recruit one other Rotarian to join the Society. There is recognition for subsequent donations, and a donation of $25,000 results in a Lifetime Award.