Raising a new generation of Paul Harris Fellows

Lark, 5 pounds, 11 ounces at birth, is already a Paul Harris Fellow.

Lark, 5 pounds, 11 ounces at birth, is already a Paul Harris Fellow.

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!

141106_rosenthal_aboutAbout 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.

4 thoughts on “Raising a new generation of Paul Harris Fellows

  1. Brent,
    Great article. Thanks for sharing it.
    I love that name, “Lark”.
    We are excited about Sylvia and you becoming grandparents. It is so special.
    Beth and I are blessed with four (ages 2-3-4-5) three boys and a girl. Thanks for setting the example in giving to TRF this way.
    RI is going to move you from ARC to ARRFC if you keep up the great work.


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