Paul Harris

Inspired by the simple idea of combining fellowship and service, Paul Harris pioneered the service club movement with the founding of Rotary International. Rotary fulfilled his dream of a worldwide organization of business and professional people serving their communities and promoting international understanding. Rotary continues to expand global horizons through its educational programs and offers hope through its humanitarian efforts and public health campaigns.

Social issues Paul Harris addressed:

  • Education
  • Health care/health
  • Peace
  • Youth Engagement


Social issues that need to be addressed today:

  • Education - Primary school enrollment has increased significantly worldwide and has led to rising demand for secondary schooling. However, worldwide 11% of young people are non-literate, lacking basic numerical and reading skills, and as such lack the means to be able to sustain a living through full and decent employment. Source
  • Health Care/Health – Hunger and food insufficiency in children are associated with poor behavioral and academic functioning. Source
  • Peace – Peace is needed in many communities and countries around the world – kids have an innate ability to promote peace. Source
  • Youth Engagement – Youth who volunteer are less likely to engage in risky behavior, are more likely to feel connected to their communities and tend to do better in school. Source