By Brent D. Rosenthal, Rotary Club of Westerville, Ohio
As a Major Donor to our Rotary Foundation and Paul Harris Society Member, I have accumulated a lot of recognition points over the years and have sought every opportunity to give them away. I have made my wife, three daughters, and son-in-law Paul Harris Fellows. I have also used my points to promote Foundation giving. But I still have a lot of points and have waited for grandchildren to come along to bring more Paul Harris Fellows to Rotary.
Finally, my wife and I became first-time grandparents on 3 October, when our daughter Elise and her husband Rob (both Paul Harris Fellows) presented us with a special blessing, little Lark. And at only 5 pounds, 11 ounces, and 17 inches long, Lark is indeed little.
When you are a Rotary nerd you think of things like this: I wanted my granddaughter to be the youngest Paul Harris Fellow ever. So when my daughter was in labor, I faxed my Paul Harris Fellow Recognition Transfer Request Form to RI Headquarters in Evanston so that when little Lark was born a couple hours later, she came out a Paul Harris Fellow! I think it’s safe to say she is among the youngest ever to become a Paul Harris Fellow (or at least tied for it)!
More importantly, I can’t wait to tell little Lark what that money did and what a life of Service Above Self means.
So I have a challenge to other “expectant grandparents” for Foundation Month in November: Follow my lead so we can raise a new generation of Paul Harris Fellows. Visit Rotary’s website to learn more about recognition, and how your giving to The Foundation helps us make a difference in the lives of millions of people around the world!
About the author: Brent D. Rosenthal is an assistant Rotary Coordinator for Zone 30 and a member of the Rotary Club of Westerville, Ohio, USA. He has also served as district governor. He is an attorney with the firm of Carlile Patchen & Murphy LLP.