Posted by Robert Zeglarski on Jul 13, 2019
Gerry Russell receiving his Paul Harris Fellow recognition from President Keyanna Jones

Rotarian Gerry Russell received Rotary International’s prestigious Paul Harris Recognition from Club President Keyanna Jones at the club’s organization meeting in June.  In honoring Russell, President Keyanna stated, “Gerry deserves this honor for his outstanding service to our club.  He is always enthusiastic everything we do.  Gerry is ready to do the big things like taking over our FamilyPak food program for food-insecure students at Roselle Park’s EJF-Aldene Elementary School, and accepting the position of President-Elect.  And, he is ready to do the small things like making sure the door is open, and the tables are set before every meeting of the club at Roselle’s Community Center.”  


Named after the founder of Rotary, Paul Harris, The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  In turn, The Rotary Foundation distributes a portion of its $1.2 Billion each year to Rotary clubs throughout the world in the form of local grants and global grants.  Roselle-Roselle Park Rotary receives a District Grant yearly to assist in financing its programing in Roselle-Roselle Park.  Recently, it partnered with other Rotary clubs in a global grant to provide sanitation facilities in rural Ecuador. 


It is a longstanding tradition of the club for the president to select a member of the club for this honor.  The club contributes $1,000 per year, in a club member’s name, to the Foundation.  Keyanna Jones received the recognition for Rotary Year 2017-18 while Scott Wands received it for 2016-2017.  


Since its inception in 1923, Rotary Roselle-Roselle Park has contributed, as a club and through contributions from individual members, $180,410 to The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.