Rotary Club of Lehighton recently recognized District Assistant Governor Barbara Belon as a four-time Paul Harris Fellow Award recipient.

Harris was a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. The Fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation and recognition to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of Rotary – "Service Above Self." Today, Rotary International boasts more than 1.2 million members in 34,000 clubs worldwide.

Lehighton Rotary Club Vice President John Hanosek – himself a Paul Harris Fellow – made the special presentation to Belon.

"It is because of contributions like Barbara's that The Rotary Foundation is able to carry out an array of programs that achieve beneficial changes in our world," said Hanosek. "These include improved living conditions; increased food production; better education; wider availability of treatment and rehabilitation for the sick and disabled; new channels for the flow of international understanding; and brighter hopes for peace."

The Rotary Foundation 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.

"Thank you for making a difference in our club and community and in the lives of less fortunate people throughout the world," said Hanosek while presenting the pin to Belon. "You are part of a family of well over 950,000 Paul Harris Fellows worldwide."

In addition to several members of Lehighton Rotary Club, other Paul Harris Fellows include Mother Theresa; Nelson Mandela; Kofi Anann; Prince Charles; Indira Gandhi; Luciano Pavarotti; King Hussein of Jordan; U.S. President Jimmy Carter; Russian President Boris Yeltsin; and Pope John Paul II.

"While it is an honor to be a Paul Harris Fellow, it's not about the recognition," said Belon. "It's about what we can do in the world as Rotarians."

Rotary Club of Lehighton meets Mondays at 5:30 p.m. at Beacon 443 Diner / Restaurant. Prospective new members are invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, call (610) 377-9706, e-mail LehightonRotary@yahoo.com, or visit www.Rotary.org http://www.rotary.org/ .