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The Rotary Club of Naperville offers annual grants for humanitarian programs through the club's Community Service Grants Committee and Naperville Rotary Charities.

“Basic Humanitarian Needs” are essentials that are needed in order to prevent the threat to the health, safety, security, or well being of a community or other large group of people. In other words, to provide essentials to people in need. These include the simplest of needs, such as food, clothing, shelter, physical and mental health, education, and sanitation. Any need that sends a person from poverty to a crisis situation is considered a basic humanitarian need.

2021 Community Service Grant Application

The deadline for submission is Friday, March 12 @ 11:59 pm.

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2019 Paul Harris Community Award Nomination Form

2019 Nominations are due April 1.

For additional info please contact Foundation Chair, Rich Tatara or email PHF COMMUNITY AWARDS

Overview: Rotarians believe in the motto “Service Above Self”. The best example of this is the work performed through The Rotary Foundation (TRF). Rotary established thePaul Harris Fellow recognition in 1957 to encourage and show appreciation for individuals who have made substantial contributions to The Rotary Foundation.The award is named in honor of the founder of RotaryPaul Harris Fellows receive a certificate and pin.

Rotarians have a tradition of supporting the Foundation by honoring others. Since 1979, each Rotary club has been challenged to make at least one non-Rotarian a Paul Harris Fellow. The Rotary Club of Naperville has chosen to honor several non-Rotarians each year with Paul Harris Fellowships presented at a noon club meeting typically held in May.

Club members nominate non-Rotarians from our community who they feel are worthy of consideration for a Paul Harris Fellowship. The Foundation Committee reviews the nominees and selects the final recipients. The Foundation Committee also organizes the awards luncheon where a formal presentation is made to each recipient.

Nominations for the awards are organized under the 5 Avenues of Service” that guide Rotary Clubs worldwide. For the community awards, we extend the category definitions to include persons who contribute to other service clubsnon-profit organizations, educational institutions, and governmental agencies serving our community.All nominees must not be members of any Rotary Club. One or more awards are typically given each year in each category at the discretion of the CommitteeHere are the categories:

Club Service focuses on strengthening fellowship and ensuring the effective functioning of the club. Facilitation of training helps to strengthen member knowledge and skills.Clubs have serious topics to work toward, so having various social events that bring together members and their guests informally and for fun, contributes to genuine fellowship.

Community Service covers the projects and activities the club undertakes to improve life in its community. Nominees typically have contributed significant effort and leadership toward achievements by their organization that reflect the spirit and character of projects Rotary Clubs would undertake.

International Service encompasses actions taken to expand humanitarian reach around the globe and to promote world understanding and peace. Nominees have supported International Service by sponsoring a project in another country, seeking international project partners to support projects in their own communities, or by personally volunteering at an international project site.

Vocational Servicenominees serve others through their vocations and practice high ethical standards consistent with the expectations of Rotary Club membersThey have significantly contributed to the betterment of the community using their professional skills.

New Generations/Youth Servicenominees work to engage youths and young adults in leadership roles. This includes activities to promote leadership development in organizations similar to RYLA, Rotaract, and Interact, as well as promotion of service projects targeted for new generations/youth.