4 Waterloo Rotarians were honored August 19th for their contributions to the Rotary Foundation and improving living conditions and providing educational opportunities for young people all around in the world.  Rotary Foundation Chair Deb Pullin-Van Aucken presented each of these already Paul Harris Fellows with a new foundation pin for marking their continued support.
Jerry Maifield is a 6+ fellow with a ruby on his pin, Kathy Braun is a +4 fellow with 4 sapphires, Annie VanderWerff is a +1 fellow with 1 sapphire, and EJ Gallagher is a +4 fellow with 4 sapphires on his new pin.  Each "+" indicates a $1,000 contribution to the Rotary Foundation, a registered charity that supports the efforts of Rotary International to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. It is supported solely by voluntary contributions from Rotarians and friends of the Foundation who share its vision of a better world.

Programs the Rotary Foundation supports include Polio Plus – a program designed to eradicate Polio from the world.  It supports Humanitarians programs, including grants to fund club and district service projects – and matching grants for international projects. The Foundation also supports educational programs – like ambassadorial scholarships, Group Study Exchange, Rotary Grants for University Teachers, and Rotary World Peace Scholarships, 

50% of the money we donate to the Rotary Foundation comes back to our District.  50% then goes to the World Fund, and the club can apply for grants from that pool.

The Paul Harris Fellowship is named for Paul Harris, who founded Rotary over 100 years ago – and, incidentally, graduated from the University of Iowa College of Law.  The Fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation and recognition for a contribution of $1,000 to The Rotary Foundation.