Each time $USD 1,000 is contributed to The Rotary Foundation, a request can be made for an individual to be recognised as a Paul Harris Fellow; that person may be a Rotarian or any member of the community.

The Rotary Foundation is Rotary’s own charity and Rotary International emphasise a ‘Paul Harris Fellow’ is not an award but a recognition of a donation. Any individual may make a donation of $USD1000 in their own name or in the name of someone whom they deem to be a worthy recipient.

The Rotary Club of Hall has donated many thousands over the years to the Rotary Foundation on behalf of community or club members and in June, another donation was made, this time in the name of David Rendell.

Unfortunately, David was unable to attend the club’s Changeover Dinner to receive his Paul Harris recognition as he was recovering from an operation. Recently, Past President Yvonne visited David and his wife Jenny-May in their home to read his citation and present him with a Paul Harris pin, for which he was very appreciative.

David joined the Rotary Club of Hall in May 2015 and very quickly involved himself in the various activities of the club. In 2016 he was appointed the Director of Youth and Vocational Services and in this role, worked extensively with organisations such as the University of Canberra, Canberra Institute of Technology and Melba Copeland Secondary School.

Through his foresight and innovation, David reviewed existing Youth and Vocational programs and further improved the opportunities for youth to undertake scholarship programs, leadership development programs (RYLA) and personal development programs (RYPEN and MUNA). He developed comprehensive Memorandums of Understanding between the Rotary Club of Hall and the diverse educational institutions.

Whilst a quiet achiever David displayed great perseverance driving and supporting innovation in the club. David can be relied upon to provide fair, clear thinking and an objective point of view on matters that assist the club to maintain a contemporary focus.

David is a worthy recipient of the recognition.