Rotary Club of Hornchurch and Upminster
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Our Founder, Paul Harris, died in 1947 and RI suggested that individuals or clubs wishing to honour the founder make gifts in his name to The Rotary Foundation - $10 per member was suggested. Money poured in and by 1948 contributions had exceeded $1,775m, by 1954 this had risen to $3.5m and new contributions reached $500,000 in a single year.
10 years after Paul Harris's death funds had started to decline. The trustees announced that anyone who contributed $1,000 to the Foundation would become a Paul Harris Fellow and would be presented with a certificat, medallion and lapel pin bearing the founder's likeness. In 1968 the trustees added the category 'Sustaining Member' for those who could not give the $1,000 at one time but pledged to give $100 annually.
By 1984 there were 100,000 PHF's, by 1989 250,000 and 500,000 by 1995. The figure is set to exceed 1m this year.
The Rotary Club of Hornchurch Paul Harris Fellows:
Harry Wilson (1985), Dick Wylie (1986), Doug Westrop (1986), Ron Geggus (from Ilford), Peter Spall (from Havering North), Eric Knight (2000), John Anthony (2001), Don Gregson (2001), John Fowler (2002), Brian Taffs (2002),Tony Barber (2003), Subhash Hora (2003), David Tirmizey (2003), Jill Hare (2005), Rob Humpfries (2006), Dick Palmer (2006), Colin Freeman (2007), John Anthony (2008 Sapphire), Eric Knight (2008 Sapphire), Ron Geggus (2008 Sapphire), Paul Freedman (2009), Geoff Furzland (2011), Shamim Govani (2012),