Haverford, Lower Merion Township, PA — At a recent luncheon meeting of the Ardmore Rotary a Paul Harris Fellow was named and a membership certificate and pin were awarded, following a tradition started in 1957. The purpose of the Paul Harris Society is to honor and thank individuals for their generous, ongoing support of The Rotary Foundation.

The Ardmore Club honored Vaune Andrien Bruno for her enormous help with assembling raffle items and soliciting sponsors for this year's "Race Around the Square."  The Race around the square is a significant fundraiser for the Ardmore Rotary, and this year's Race boosted the foundation by approximately $17,000. The funds raised help the Club fulfill their mission of supporting local charitable projects while still assisting international efforts to cure the dreaded disease Polio.  

Bob Overhiser who chairs the Ardmore Club's Rotary Foundation presented the Paul Harris certificate and a pin to Bruno; who is the mother of the Club's current president Andrea Fanfera.

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Paul Harris founded Rotary in 1905 and Rotarians honor his legacy of "Service Above Self": by donating $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation. Donors can designate a person to receive the honor. 

The Rotary Foundation supports local charitable projects and programs around the world, headlined by the effort to eradicate Polio by the year 2020.

Bruno is in good company as many notable figures have been named Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk.

What is Rotary?

Rotary is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian services, engage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

It all starts with local men and women that provide opportunities for others in their community.  Many of the members are men and women that own or manage businesses in the area. Others are folks that live in the area where the service club works, as is the case with the Ardmore Club.  They all have one thing in common; they want to help better the community and the world as a whole.   

The Ardmore Rotary membership follows these same characteristics, which are a group of men and women that are dedicated to making things better in the Lower Merion, Narberth, and the surrounding area. The Ardmore Rotary raises funds, most of which is spent locally, which are directed and controlled by the Ardmore Rotary Foundation.  The Ardmore Club's officers manage the foundation.   

Ardmore Rotary Club meets Thursdays at noon at Merion Cricket Club on Montgomery Ave. and Station Road in Haverford.  The Club is one of 53 Clubs in the Philadelphia area and among 35,000 Clubs worldwide. There are 1.6 million Rotarians that volunteer worldwide in projects addressing a spectrum of human needs. Since 1988, Rotary has led the way in the immunization of 2.5 billion children against Polio worldwide. Less than a dozen cases have been reported in the three remaining countries - Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Nigeria.

Over one million individuals have become Paul Harris Fellows across the world.  These Fellows are both members of Rotary or supporters of Rotary. It is an elite group of individuals.

Learn more about the Ardmore Rotary Club by visiting their website.

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