Paul Harris Fellow Award
Paul Harris founded Rotary in 1905 but the Foundation was not established until 1917. Arch Klumpf's initial donation of $26.50 has grown in to $1 Billion dollars today. The Foundation had distributed $3.7 Billion to grands and the fight to end Polio. The Foundation had a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, which is the highest score attainable. Out of every $1.00 donated 91 cents goes to the programs and charities. In 1957 Rotary stared a recognition program which it named in honor of its founder, Paul Harris. By, 2006, 1 million people had been awarded a Paul Harris Fellows. Many Non-Rotarian's have been recognized since 1979 when the first Non-Rotarian's were recognized. Mother Theresa was one of the early recipients.
Funds are distributed 3 years after their deposit so they can grow. After 3 years, 50% goes towards funding International programs, 50% goes back to the District the donation came from and 50% of what comes back to the District goes back to the club that made the original donation in the form of a Project Grant. So you see the donation made in your name to the Rotary Foundation services Global, District and Local projects like our Backpack program which provides supplemental food for children in our elementary schools Kindergarten through 5th grade.
The presentation of Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation's way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. Rotarian's often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of The Rotary Foundation. Today we had the honor and pleasure to recognize 3 members of the Morris Community as they become Paul Harris Fellows.
A world of peace and good will comes closer to reality today as Joseph Corsello, Dr. Philip Ortiz and Dr. John Roth become Paul Harris Fellows. It is because of gifts like the one made in their honor that The Rotary Foundation is able to carry out an array of programs that support the Foundation's 6 Areas of Focus.
> Brighter hopes for peace throughout the world
> Fighting Disease
> Providing Clean Water
> Supporting Education
> Saving Mothers and Children
> Growing Local Economics
A contribution to The Rotary Foundation is an investment in the ideal of good will, peace and understanding. That is an ideal held high by Rotarian's the world over, and one that theses 3 men clearly share. As Rotary works with such individuals of good will, we believe the ideal will become a reality.
Tom Talarico introduce Mr. Corsello tonight and has known Joe since 1971. Joe taught Art in Korea at an orphanage. He also was the first full time Art teacher in 1959 at Morris Community High School which he went on to teach for 33 years and was at Immaculate Conception School for 26 years. He has been awarded "Teacher of the Year for the State of Illinois" , and inductee to the MCHS Hall of Distinction. He also played Santa Claus for years in the community parades and around town. Joe Corsello was a great teacher and role model for the kids.
Dr. Philip Ortiz
Charlie Gibbs introduced Dr. Phil Ortiz. Dr. Ortiz is originally from Ottawa, IL and went to Illinois College of Optometry. In 1964 he moved to Morris to start practicing. In 1967 he bought/opened an office Ortiz Clinic (a smaller 4 room building) on the far edge of town and have since turned it into the practice it is today (10,000 sf). Dr. Ortiz is the creator of "Eye Care International" with the purpose to give eye care to those less fortunate in other countries including Costa Rica, Equador, Hondoras, Peru, Belize, and Mexico. He is able to participate in at least 1 mission trip a year which is made up for volunteers from Illinois and California. He also started the Thanksgiving Dinners at Al's on Liberty Street here in Morris.
Dr. John Roth, Jr.
Art Hornsby intruded Dr. John Roth. Dr. Roth's role model was his father who was also a Doctor. He was raised in Morris and worked in his Grandmothers Bakery; his fathers office was in the back of the Bakery. Dr. Roth went to University of Illinois Pre-Med and then onto the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical School. After graduating Dr. Roth had his internship in Denver,CO were he met his wife Judy who is also a Nurse. He then went to Vietnam during the War and returned home. Dr. Roth wanted to be a Surgeon and return to Morris but his dad said that he needed to be an OB doctor because they needed one in town. In 1971, Dr. John Roth came to Morris Hospital he required the OB department to rehabilitated to help the Hospital Grow. He has delivered 8,000 babies in Morris.
When he retired everyone was devastated because he was a great and caring Doctor. He always had great bedside manner he always went above and beyond for everyone.