This afternoon Gordy Kosfeld, KDHL's News and Sports Director, was invited to the Faribault Rotary's noon meeting. At the meeting, Gordy was the recipient of the Faribault Rotary's Paul Harris Fellow Award, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon someone in or outside the Rotarian organization.

The highest award in Rotary is the Paul Harris Award. It is given to a Rotarian or a member of the community that has made an outstanding contribution to the community. 


At the International Assembly in 1979, incoming RI President James Bomar challenged each Rotary club to make one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. Many other notable figures have been named Paul Harris Fellows, including U.S. President Jimmy Carter, Russian President Boris Yeltsin, U.S. astronaut James Lovell, UN Secretary-General Javier Perez de Cuellar, and polio vaccine developer Jonas Salk. The number of Paul Harris Fellows reached the 1 million mark in 2006. - Rotary Website

The Faribault Rotary Club meets at the Inn at Shattuck-St. Mary's Wednesdays at 12:15 PM. According to the The Faribault Rotary Club's Facebook page they are described as "a group of professionals getting together to make our world and our community a better place as they put 'Service Above Self'".

The Faribault Rotary Club has been in existence since May 1, 1920 when the club began "as Rotary's 596th club with 22 charter members and by the end of the first year membership had reached a total of 35. The next year 21 more members were added.  The first President of the Faribault Rotary Club was Frank W. McKellip."

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