Paul Harris Fellow - Award Recipients

1975 - 2023  List of Paul Harris Award Recipients:


Lifetime Achievement Award

Rotarian Dennis Leary

There is no Rotarian more giving than Dennis Leary.  With 65 years of service, he continues to be involved in all of our activities.  Dennis is humble, gracious, and the most giving human being you will know.  Our Club wants Dennis to know how important he is to this community and each of us individually and collectively.  Thank you Dennis for always being there.
Dennis has been presented with this Lifetime Achievement Award.  This award is to acknowledge Dennis for his 1957-2022 service to our community.  The award was presented on behalf of the Rotary Club of Walnut Grove #557 by 5180 District Governor, Karen Cendro, on 12/12/2022.
Our Club Fellows 2023-2004
Dan Salazar, 4th
Tim Cook, 3rd
  Carol Cook, 1st
  Dan Salazar, 3rd
2023 Dan Salazar, 2nd
2022 Dennis Leary, 6th
  Larry Gorham, 3rd
  John Stutz, 2nd
  Douglas Hsia, 12th
  Larry Gorham, 2nd
  Dan Salazar, 1st
  Daniel Wilson 4th
  Douglas Hsia, 11th
  Tim Cook, 2nd
  Barbara McGowan, 2nd
  Dennis Leary, 5th
  Dave Stirling, 2nd
2020 Janice LeRoy, 1st
2019 James Cook, 2nds
  Julie Lancaster, 2nd
2018 Barbara McGowan
  Douglas Hsai, 10
2017 Robert Globus
2016 Mark Rogerson, 2nd
  Doris Specht
  Tom Uslan
2015 John Stutz
  Brent Tadman
2014 Kim Tranum
  David Stirling
2013 Tim Cook
  Chris Davis, 2nd
2012 Annette Robinson
2011 Brad van Loben Sels
  Brenda Guy
2009 Rev. Larry Emery
  Julie Lancaster
2008 Jane Slawson
2007 Joseph Sanchez, Jr.
  Ophelia Huestis
  William Schauer, Jr
2004 Richard Hasenkamp
  Douglas Hemly
  Mark Rogerson
  William G. Schauer
Our Club Fellows 2003-1975
2003 Dr. John S. Noe
  Thom Wiseman
2002 Herman Fisher
  Leslie F. Lyman
  Diana Perham
2001 Daniel Wilson
  Bruce Towne
1999 Chris Fulster
  Josephine Lyman
1998 Dr. Norman Spalding
  James F. Cook
  Kathryn A. Wheeler
  Derrell Kelso
1997 Frank E. Schmiedel
1996 Irving A. Wilcox
1995 James A. Gualco
  Gilbert Labrie
1994 Dennis Leary
  Flora Young Spalding, PH.D.
  Guido Pieretti
1992 James C. Hansen
  Benjamin J. Himebauch
  William E. Slawson
1991 Charles Eason
  George C. "Tim" Wilson
  Bertram C. "Short" Wheeler
  James A. Dahlberg
1989 William Barry
  Glenn G. Gordon, Jr.
  Marie A. Leary
  Joseph H. Harper
1988 Joe E. Green, Jr.
  Harvey T. Lyman
1987 Donald McClain
1985 Richard E. Tranum
1984 Robert E. Hart
  Philip G. Deback
  Horace D. Towne
1981 Robert James
1980 W.R. Darsie
1979 Robert E. Collins
1977 Darrell T. Mealer
  Leland O. Hanson
1976 Dennis W. Leary
1975 Frank Judy

2023 Paul Harris Honorees:

Dan Salazar is presented with PHF #4 Award

Danny is the best Rotarian in the world today!  His Rotary service just keeps giving, even while receiving new hips.  Hip, Hip, Horray!     President James proudly presents a four stone pin.  Thank you for your service!  12/11/2023
It's #3 PHF Award for Tim Cook
Tim Cook is all smiles as his 3rd PHF Award is pinned by President James Fowler with DG Sidney watching on.  Rotary life without Tim would be so mundane.  His sense of youthfulness sprinkled with his great sense of humor keeps all of us on our toes.  Congratulations Tim. This is a well deserved PHF pin.  8/7/2023

Carol Cook is awarded her first PHF

The Cook name is synonymous with the Rotary Club of Walnut Grove.  It is little wonder that the matriarch of the family receive her very own PHF award.  Our club is purposefully acknowledging just how important all of the behind the scenes efforts Carol does is very important and just how hugely aware our club is of all things Carol.     Thank you for your service!  6/26/2023

Dan Salazar is presented with PHF #3 Award

It is no surprise Dan has achieved a 3rd Paul Harris Fellow award.  His Rotary service is consistent and unwavering.  We love you Dan!     Thank you for your service!  5/22/2023

Dan Salazar is presented with PHF #2 Award

One would never know this quiet man is our Sergeant-at-Arms and is perfect for the job.  Not many know, but Dan is associated with a number of organization that obviously depend on him.  He is ever so giving and his Rotary service is no exception.   Thank you for your service!  3/2023


2022 Paul Harris Honorees:


6th Paul Harris is awarded to Dennis Leary

2022 ends with a special celebration.  Dennis Leary earns his 6th Paul Harris Award.  Let it be known, we really don't know how many Paul Harris Fellow awards Dennis has.  The actual records are missing.  We do know it is many, many, many more than the 6 we have on record and are celebrating here.

There is no Rotarian more giving than Dennis Leary.  With 65 years of service, he is still very active in all of our activities.  Dennis is humble, gracious, and the most giving human being.  Our Club wants Dennis to know how important he is to not only this community, but to us individually and collectively.  Thank you Dennis for always being there.

Thank you for your service!  12/12/2022

3rd Paul Harris is awarded to Larry Gorham

The quiet giant strikes again!  Co-Presidents Laura and Tom Uslan presents Larry with his 3rd PHF award.  Larry is an exemplary member of our club. We continue to benefit from his incredible service to Rotary.  Imagine the surprise!  Thank you for your service!  8/8/2022


2nd Paul Harris is awarded to John Stutz

Through thick and thin, and in between vacations, John earns his 2nd PHF Award.  Co-President Laura Uslan carefully places that 2 sapphire stone wheel on John's collar.  Thank you very much John for all your Rotary service. We can only Imagine what you will conquer next!  Thank you for your service!  8/1/2022


#12!!!  Douglas Hsia receives Paul Harris award

In addition to his 12th Paul Harris Award, Past President, Jan LeRoy, presents Douglas with a special award for receiving his 12th PHF Award.  Keeping up with all that Douglas does is difficult.  Imagine a Rotarian on the go, go, go.  Thank you for your service!  7/23/2022


2nd, Paul Harris is awarded to Larry Gorham

Everything Larry does is Paul Harris worthy.  The quiet giant!  Outgoing President Jan, presents Larry with his PHF award at our Demotion Dinner.  Larry welcomes our new Rotarians as the Membership Chair, spends countless hours reaching out to our community for silent auction donations, works hard picking up trash on River Road, and always has tea ready at lunch.  We are so proud to have Larry as a member.  Thank you for your service!  6/27/2022

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Paul Harris #1 is awarded to Dan Salazar

Danny Salazar receives a 1st Paul Harris Fellow Award.  We thank Danny for his generosity and support. You are making Past District Governor, Foundation Chair and the President really proud.  Thank you Dan.


4th Paul Harris Award for Daniel Wilson

Daniel Wilson receives his fourth Paul Harris Fellow from the Past District Governor Ray Ward, Foundation Chair Jim Cook and President Jan LeRoy. We thank Daniel for his support to Rotary Foundation, your support will make many Rotary causes possible.
Picture below left: Daniel and his better half, Mary.  Thank you Daniel.

Douglas Hsia and his 11th Paul Harris Award

Douglas is another outstanding Rotarian for our Walnut Grove community.  His support and hard work brings many people to center.  Thank you Douglas.

2021 Paul Harris Honorees:


Jim Cook Receives 3rd Paul Harris Fellow Award

Jim Cook's efforts in our local communities is amazing.  Jim is one of the most active members of our club and is always there to offer any and all support.  Jim has the family involved and the Insurance Business too.   His commitment has never wavered.  Thank you Jim!


Paul Harris Number #2 for Tim Cook
Tim Cook, receives his second PHF Award from President, Rob.  If we didn't have his youthful ideas and knowledge of computers, the transition to Zoom would have been much more difficult.  Instead our club didn't skip a beat and transitioned to online meetings and now hybrid meetings without missing a step. Thank you Tim. 
Barb McGowan, Paul Harris #2
Barb was very surprised that a 2nd Paul Harris was awarded so close to her first.  Yet, it isn't a surprise of her fellow Rotarians for acknowledging her duty to Rotary.  Her club service is offered with no expectations and she keeps our website running current, is on the Annual Auction Committee, and keeps our stomachs happy every Monday.   "The award from my piers is an amazing feeling.  I am very honored, Barb says." 
Thank you Barb for your service to Rotary. 
Dave Stirling is Presented with Paul Harris #2 
Dave Stirling has been the lead Chair of our Student Scholarship.  It is with his dedication to our  community students at Delta High School that the program is so successful.  Dave participates in all activities and is always there to honor and remind us of our long existing club traditions.  He is joined by President Jan, and Foundation Chair, Jim Cook.  Thank you Dave.

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Dennis Leary is Awarded No ?? 

As one of our longest serving members at 67 years,
Dennis Leary received his first PHF Award in 1976.
Here Dennis is, 45 years later, still leading by example
of what an exemplary Rotarian is.
Dennis has set a high standard of Service in our club.
On the left, Foundation Chair, Jim Cook presents
another Paul Harris Award to Dennis.
To the right, Past President Rob,
presents a second PHF Award
to Dennis, in one year!
Thank you Dennis.  We Love You!

2020 Paul Harris Honoree:

Jan LeRoy receives her 1st Paul Harris Award
When awarded the PHF, Jan was our President-Elect.  There is no doubt in any minds of our membership of all the work, support, and participation in Service Above Self that Jan offers to our club.  Thank you Jan. 


The Origins of the Paul Harris Fellow Recognition:  

From the Rotary International Website - Rotary History:

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition acknowledges individuals who contribute, or who have contributions made in their name, of $1,000 to the Rotary Foundation

Rotary established the recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for substantial contributions to what was then the Foundation’s only program, Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study, the precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships. 

A.Z. Baker, 1955-56 RI president, admires a newly minted Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the 1969 Rotary Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.

The first Paul Harris Fellows included past RI Director Allison G. Brush, who served during the 1937-38 Rotary year, and longtime RI Treasurer Rufus F. Chapin, both for donations made in 1946. Mrs. Adan Vargas was the first woman to receive the recognition, for a gift made in 1953. Mrs. Harry L. Jones was the second, and one of only five people recognized for contributions actually made in that inaugural year. 

Early Paul Harris Fellows received a certificate of recognition. In 1969, the Foundation unveiled the first Paul Harris Fellow medallion at the Rotary Convention in Honolulu, Hawaii, USA. Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda created the piece under the direction of former Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa. Today, Paul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin. They are also eligible to buy a Paul Harris Fellow medallion. 

Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Ida LeTulle Taylor became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1978 when her husband, Vann Taylor, who was serving as a district governor, made a donation in her name in honor of their 34th wedding anniversary. The gift also made her the 25,000th Paul Harris Fellow. 

Introduced in 1984, the blue-stone Multiple Paul Harris Fellow pin recognizes additional donations up to $6,000. Right: Red-stone Multiple Paul Harris Fellow pins were introduced in 1988 to bridge the gap between the blue five-stone pin and Major Donor recognition levels.

At the International Assembly in 1979, incoming RI President James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Pikesville, Maryland, USA, responded by making a donation in the name of Mother Teresa in 1980. The entertainer Pearl Bailey also became a Paul Harris Fellow through a joint effort of the Rotary clubs in Cape Cod, Massachusetts. 

Many other 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.

The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the 1 million mark in 2006.