At our first meeting in 2020, the Rotary Club of Accra-Spintex received 5 Paul Harris Fellows (PHF) recognition as gift from a friend of the club, Past Assistant Governor (PAG) Rhonda Panczyck of the Rotary Club of Rochester Michigan, USA.
The Awards were preceded by a short talk on Rotary International (RI) Recognitions by the Assistant Govenor (AG) of our club, AG Moses Aryee. He gave a brief history about Rotary Recognitions. Generous contributions to The Rotary Foundation are essential to securing and growing Rotary programs throughout the world. RI recognises donors to express our gratitude for your commitment, offering individual and club recognition as well as naming opportunities that enable you to honour a friend or family member with a named or endowed gift. The PHF went to Rotarian President Eli Evans (now PHF+1), Charter President Sika Tettey (now PHF+1), Rotarian Gertrude, Rotarian James Nyankah and Rotarian Nortse Amarteifio. This makes a total of 14 PHF fellows (including 2 PHF+1 and 1 PHF+2) in the club.
In a letter to the club, she said “Club President Eli, and Rotarians Sika, Gertrude, Nortse & James. My hand is writing this message because the bottom of my heart cannot hold a pen. I am very much grateful for our friendship and if I could give our friendship a name, it would be something like “Memories Unlimited” or “Team Laugh-a-Lot” or “Happy Homies” or “Be Yourself Besties”……..ohhh how the list is endless!”
Having a feeling of appreciation for our friendship and not showing it is like wrapping a gift and not giving it out. It doesn’t do any good holding back an appreciation, but it does a lot of good when you show it, and it opens more doors for good things to come. So, from the bottom of my heart, please accept the following PHFs on behalf of our friendship, which was the foundation rock on which Rotary was built. You’ll never really know how happy and special you make me feel and how much I love you.
– Yours truly,
Rotary Club of Rochester, Michigan, USA
About Rotary Individual Recognitions
Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member
When you give $100 or more per year to the Annual Fund.
When you include the Endowment Fund as a beneficiary in your estate plans or when you donate $1,000 or more to the fund outright. Benefactors receive a certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.
Paul Harris Fellow (PHF)
When you give $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. To recognize someone else as a Paul Harris Fellow, you can give that amount in their name. Learn more about Paul Harris Fellow recognition.
Multiple Paul Harris Fellow (PHF+)
When you give additional gifts of $1,000 or more to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant.
Paul Harris Society member
When you elect to contribute $1,000 or more annually to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant. Learn more about the Paul Harris Society.
When you make a commitment for future gifts of $10,000 or more to The Rotary Foundation, you’ll be invited to join the Bequest Society.
- $10,000: Bequest Society pin and an exclusive art piece suitable for framing
- $25,000: Rotary’s Promise crystal and named endowed fund, plus all of the above
- $50,000: Separate named endowed funds directed to two areas of focus or districts, plus all of the above
- $100,000: Customized Rotary’s Promise crystal, plus all of the above
- $250,000: Posthumous induction into the Arch Klumph Society, plus all of the above
- $500,000: Special seating and registration benefits at the Rotary International Convention, plus all of the above
When your cumulative donations reach $10,000. Major Donors can choose to receive a crystal recognition piece and a Major Donor lapel pin or pendant. NOTE: Name recognition is not automatic and needs to be reported to RI staff. Recognition items commemorate giving at these levels:
- Level 1: $10,000 to $24,999
- Level 2: $25,000 to $49,999
- Level 3: $50,000 to $99,999
- Level 4: $100,000 to $249,999
Arch Klumph Society
When your cumulative donations reach $250,000. Recognition includes an induction ceremony and your picture and biography in the Arch Klumph Society interactive gallery at the Rotary International headquarters in Evanston, Illinois, USA. You also receive invitations to society events, along with membership pins and crystals that commemorate giving at the following levels. Learn more about the Arch Klumph Society.
- Trustees Circle: $250,000 to $499,999
- Chair’s Circle: $500,000 to $999,999
- Foundation Circle: $1,000,000 to $2,499,999
- Platinum Trustees Circle: $2,500,000 to $4,999,999
- Platinum Chair’s Circle: $5,000,000 to $9,999,999
- Platinum Foundation Circle: $10,000,000 and above
When you promise a gift of $1 million or more to the Endowment, you’ll be listed in Rotary’s annual report and invited to exclusive Rotary International and Foundation events. Legacy Society members also receive special recognition items and all the benefits provided to Bequest Society members.