Rotary Sunrise Adds to Paul Harris Fellowship

Rotary Sunrise added two new members to the prestigious Paul Harris Fellowship

Rotary Sunrise Adds to Paul Harris Fellowship

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“Other Paul Harris Fellows looking on as Chistal Fish (standing right of David Dully) and David Dully (yellow shirt with tie) receive their Paul Harris Fellowship Pin.”

Amelia Island, FL – Members of the Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise were proud to welcome Christal Fish and David Dully as the newest members of the Paul Harris Fellowship.

In 1905 Paul Harris, a lawyer from Chicago, originated the idea to form a club for local professionals for fellowship and collaboration. Today there are over 1.2 million Rotarians world wide. Quoted from the eulogy by his friend Chesley R. Perry, ” …He (Paul Harris) was lonesome for friends, for mutual helpfulness. In his office hangs a plaque, ‘He who has a thousand friends has not one friend to spare.’ So Paul formed a club of young men who wanted to be friends, who wanted to be helpful to each other, men of different businesses and professions, who, except for the club, would never have known each other. He promoted rollicking good fellowship and a personal interest in each other’s ambitions and problems. He encouraged their minds to travel in unprecedented channels of thought. He taught them to be thoughtful and helpful – not only to each other, but to other people as well…”

In 1989 women were officially invited and encouraged to follow these ideas and to become part of the Rotary world.

As of December 2010 there were over 1 million Paul Harris Fellows, who through their contributions, are fulfilling the promise of creating a polio-free world, helping children and families live healthier lives through Rotary Humanitarian Grants Program, and promoting world peace and understanding. To learn more about the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, visit

The Rotary Club of Amelia Island Sunrise meets every Friday from 7:30 am to 8:30 am at the Fernandina Beach Golf Club. For more information, contact President Art Shuster at or visit the club’s website.

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