Three Rotarians were recognized at the Rotary Club of McMinnville meeting Thursday for their generous contributions to the club.
Rotarians become a Paul Harris Fellow following a donation of an additional $1,000.
For every thousand donated, Rotary International will send a pin. For a $1,000 donation, the pin has one sapphire in it. A $2,000 donation generates a pin with two sapphires in it and a donation of $3,000 receives a pin with three sapphires in it.
Mike Roberts presented Mike Netherton and Wally Bigbee with their pins and said a few words about being a Paul Harris Fellow.
“Today I have three pins and these guys have very generously agreed to let me present these pins publicly, except Bill Rogers because I haven’t seen him in weeks but I will still call out his name. Bill has a pin with one sapphire, which means he gave $1,000 over the initial $1,000,” said Roberts. “Mike Netherton’s pin has two sapphires. Dr. Wally Bigbee’s pin has three sapphires in it. Again I am thankful for these guys giving me an opportunity to sort of review for some of you and present maybe some new information for some of you about the foundation. I am happy to present Mike and Wally theirs. Thank you both very much.”
Bigbee took the opportunity to tell his fellow club members he is proud to be a Rotarian and is proud of the work they do.
“I am proud to be a Rotarian,” said Bigbee. “There are so many things you can go to do your service. Like this club and all over the world we have people who have been all kinds of places helping with Rotary Foundation, but the one that I like the best is polio. I remember when I was a kid, people would get polio and get crippled. And wow, it went over and I don’t know how it did anywhere else, but in Germantown and Tennessee everybody gathered up all their kids and got them vaccinated. Not just the ones they wanted to keep, but it is great. Tell your friends that we can still use more members and one improvement is that you don’t have to worry about them not being able to fit in.”