It was a very meaningful day on December 12th for the Rotary Club of Des Moines of Washington as 21 Paul Harris Fellows were awarded to 20 of their club members. Fourteen of these were first time Paul Harris Fellows. One of the Paul Harris Fellows given was in honor of Beckey Larson, wife of Dr. Robert Larson, who passed away last spring from Alzheimer’s. She was an incredible woman who touched everyone who knew her with her love and compassion for others.
The club now has 30 members who are Paul Harris Fellows. How did the club manage to accomplish this? Simple. Brian Snure, the Foundation Chair, created a program where the club would provide two Club Recognition Points for every dollar spent for club members who were close to receiving their Paul Harris Fellows. Eighteen recipients took advantage of this program. “Five years ago our club established an annual goal of having 100% member participation in the EREY program. This year that commitment was rewarded with almost 50% our club receiving Paul Harris Fellows; all it took was constant communication about the benefits of the Foundation, a few gentle reminders to give and our club members stepped up and made this happen”, stated Snure.
Present to assist in this event was the Rotary 5030 District Governor, Steve Lingenbrink, and Assistant District Governor, Al Isaac. In response to this amazing accomplishment,
Lingenbrink remarked, “The Des Moines Club continues to astound me and make me proud as Governor of District 5030. From their 3 day Poverty Bay Wine Festival to their Blues & Brews Summer Fest to their multi-year RI Foundation achievement of Every Rotarian Every Year, this club sets the standard. And all with just 45 members! You can imagine my pride when I was given the honor of presenting 21 Paul Harris Fellows to the club on December 12th .”
The Rotary Club of Des Moines, Washington, founded in 1958, has a long and rich history serving the Des Moines and Highline Communities. A sample of the many service projects led by the Rotary Club of Des Moines include community literacy, parks improvement, support to the Des Moines Area Food bank and other service organizations, partnership with local schools, and sponsorship of community events, including the annual Poverty Bay Wine Festival. Current membership consists of 40 active members and 5 honorary members.