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2012-13 Rotary District Governor Frank Dean (L) recognizes Rotary Paul Harris Fellows and Rotary Club of Franklin members Fred Alexander (C) and Gerry Camelo (R). Alexander honored his son-in-law Oleg Melnikov of Waynesville with a Paul Harris Fellow. Camelo honored his wife, Dr. Sheryl Camelo with a Paul Harris Fellow at the September 12th, 2012 Rotary Club of Franklin Meeting.


Rotary of Franklin club secretary Fairly Pollock (L) presents Gaitry Aruwani (R) with a pin in recognition of Aruwani being designated as a Paul Harris Fellow designee. The presentation was made at the May 16th, 2012 meeting. 


 Rotary Club of Franklin Members at the Future Vision Grants Seminar Saturday September 29th, 2012 at A-B Tech in Asheville. Pictured left to right DG nominee Gary Bray, 2012-13 PR Director and current PN Sean Gibson, Foundation Director Jim Garner, Future Vision Director John Yermack and 2012-13 Club President Gary Dills. Current President Elect Susie Ledford also attended.



The Foundation

In 1917, RI President Arch C. Klumph proposed that an endowment be set up “for the purpose of doing good in the world.” In 1928, when the endowment fund had grown to more than US$5,000, it was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International.  Of course, the foundation's size and processes have changed over the years but the goals have not.  Today's Rotary Foundation continues to support Rotarians as we advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, the improvement of water and sanitation, and the development of communities and economies.

            But, the foundation only works if Rotarians support it thru their tax deductible contributions.   In our clubs, each Rotarian is expected to contribute at least $100 annually.  For each $1000 contributed to the Annual Fund, PolioPlus, or an approved Foundation grant,, Rotarians (or a person they designate) earn the distinction of being named a Paul Harris Fellow.  Additional contributions of $1000 earn additional Paul Harris Fellowships.  Anyone who contributes US$100 or more per year to the Annual Fund is automatically recognized as a Rotary Foundation Sustaining Member. If every club member contributed $100 every year, Rotary could nearly double its efforts to help people worldwide and support the continued growth of its programs. Every dollar contributed is used for humanitarian purposes.  The small administrative costs are paid by income from the account.

            Members may become a Benefactor by making the Permanent Fund a beneficiary in their estate plans or by donating $1,000 or more to the fund outright. Benefactors receive a custom certificate and insignia to wear with a Rotary or Paul Harris Fellow pin.  Couples or individuals who have made commitments of $10,000 or more in their estate plans, such as in a will, living trust, or through whole or universal life insurance, can become Bequest Society members. All Bequest Society members receive recognition from the Trustees of The Rotary Foundation.

            The foundation supports club and district project through various grant programs.  In July 2013, the Rotary Foundation has launched Future Vision which should simplify the grant process and get more funds into the hands of local Rotarians.  See Foundation Chairman Mike Norris for additional information or questions. 

            Franklin Rotary also has a Charitable Foundation which allows the club to receive funds from sources other than our normal fund raising efforts.  The club's charitable foundation allows members or community donors to make bequests to the humanitarian efforts of the Franklin Rotary Club.  See John Short, Chairman of the  Charitable Foundation of the Rotary Club of Franklin for additional information.




Stacy Guffey (L) was recognized as a PHF on February 1st, 2017. John Yermack was recognized as a PHF Plus 8 and Jim Garner, a PHF Plus 5 (Below)








John Yermack and Sandy Frazier are recognized as Paul Harris Society members April 20, 2016.


Club Sgt. at Arms Bill Mcgaha was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow Plus 1 on April 16th, 2014 by Past District Governor Dennis Sanders.






Club member Amy Manshack (L) was named a Paul Harris Fellow on April 16th by her father, Rotarian Charles Wolfe of Sylva. Amy's mother Wanda is pictured (C). 







Paul Harris Fellows honored December 12th, 2013 clockwise from left..13-14 President Nancie Wilson Plus 1 and donates PHF to Alice Mason, President Nominee Sean Gibson Plus 1, Public Relations Chair Dick Pritts Plus 1, Ann Van Harlingen Plus 1, Past President Mike Norris names son Graham a PHF, Past President and District Secretary Cardy White Plus 3. District Governor for 2014-15 Gary Bray is a Plus 2.   


Rotary Club of Franklin member and 7670 District Governor for 2014-15 Gary Bray spoke to Rotarians from District 7670 at the August 17th, 2013 Foundation Seminar in Asheville on upcoming distirct goals in encouraging the district to increase per capita foundation giving by members. 




District Foundation Board member and Franklin Rotary 2012-13 President Gary Dills spoke to attendees on foundation finances at the August 17th, 2013 foundation seminar.














Rotary Club of Franklin's Tom James is recognized as a Paul Harris Plus 5 at the July 10th, 2013 Rotary Club of Franklin meeting by 2013-14 DG Ronnie Thompson. Others recognized that day included John Henning, Jr. Plus 3, Lenny Jordan Plus 1 and Robin Jenkins Plus 1.



 Some of the Paul Harris Fellows recognized with IPDG Frank Dean at the July 1st, 2013 Rotary Club of Franklin Installation for 2013-14. Pictured (L to R) Vic Greene, Kevin Corbin and John Yermack with foundation chair Jim Garner.






  Pictured above left...major Paul Harris Donors recognized with IPDG Frank Dean at the July 1st, 2013 Club Installation in Dillard, Ga. Pictured lower right...Rotary Club of Franklin Foundation Director Jim Garner (R) presents longtime Rotary Club of Franklin member JC Jacobs (L) with a Paul Harris Plus Three pin to recognize Jacobs' milestone contribution to the Rotary Foundation November 14th, 2012. Among Jacobs' other contributions include serving as club president in 1967-68 and member since 1947.


Longtime Rotary Club of Franklin member Fred Berger (R) is recognized as a Paul Harris Plus 2. The presentation was made at the November 28th, 2012 meeting by Club Foundation Director Jim Garner (L).