The Rotary Club of Lehigh Acres was recently named a "100 Percent Paul Harris Fellow Club."
The club has been making a significant impact in Lehigh for over 40 years, providing humanitarian service to the local area. Within the Rotary International, a "Paul Harris Fellow Club" means that every member in the club has donated a minimum of $1,000 of their own money to the Rotary Foundation.
"It is a big honor," David Anthony, the club's president, said. "It means that every member of this club is committed to digging deep into their own pockets to fund this wonderful foundation that does great things."
Rotary is an international organization that has members known as Rotarians. The organization is comprised of more than 1.2 million businesses, professional and community leaders that provide charitable service, promote high ethical standards and facilitate peace in the world.
For over 110 years, Rotarians have taken action to help solve the world's most lasting issues. The clubs work together to promote peace, fight disease, save mothers and children, support education, grow local economies, and provide sanitation and clean water to areas where it is not easily accessible.
There are over 35,000 rotary clubs around the world.
"We're primarily a service organization to the community," Anthony said. "But we're also an organization that is primarily business people, and it's an avenue to interact and network with your fellow people in your community."
The local club hosts projects and events throughout the year, as well as donates supplies to schools. The Rotarians have been seen cleaning up roadsides, to distributing free thesauruses and dictionaries to elementary schools in Lehigh. They also host a community dinner for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The club also holds fundraisers to help support the organization. It recently hosted a 5K, a music and beer festival, and a haunted Halloween walk, as well as continues to host golf tourneys and more.
The club meets on Thursdays at 11:45 a.m. for a lunch meeting at the Microtel Inn & Suites by Wyndham Lehigh. It is always looking for new members; the public is welcome to attend.
Anthony said the main goal of the club is to provide an opportunity for fellowship, but also to give back to the local community through the organization.
"Most of our members are not only Paul Harris Fellows, they're also Multiple Paul Harris Fellows," he said. "In other words, we have members that have given over $10,000 to the foundation."
Being named a Paul Harris Fellow exemplifies the members' dedication and commitment to the club and the community.