The world's first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA, was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to recapture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The name "Rotary" derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices.

Rotary's popularity spread throughout the United States in the decade that followed; clubs were chartered from San Francisco to New York. By 1921, Rotary clubs had been formed on six continents, and the organization adopted the name Rotary International a year later.

Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club's Honorary Paul Harris Fellows

During most years, $1000 is contributed to the Rotary International Foundation in honor of one of our club members. This award is granted to a club member for his/her outstanding record of selfless service to others. The funds of the Rotary International Foundation are used worldwide for worthy international service projects.

Conrad J. Plautz
1979 Rudolph Peters
1980 Theodore D. Elbe
1983 Harry C. Steffen
1984 Theodore O. Liebscher
1985 Harry J. Schmit
1986 Merton V. Campbell
1987 Loyal B. Wells
1988 Ralph J. Huiras
1989 Ned Kellner
1990 Wilfred J. Ross
1991 John R. Wiese
1992 Robert R. Jacobs
1993 Ray N. Reuter
1994 Richard E. McNabb
1995 Harry Thompto
1995 Jack Vanderspool
1996 Gregory Custer
1997 Charles A. Winnemann
1998 Herb Hillman
1999 William C. Ronzheimer
2000 Stanford L. Smith
2001 David M. O'Connor
2002 Karl V. Hertz
2002 Theodore C. Egelhoff
2003 Frank Bolz
2004 Ted Weirather
2005 Anthony Von Rueden
2006 Ramon MacFarlane
2007 Roger Kirgues
2008 Dianne Robertson
2009 Doug Hansen
2010 Stanford L. Smith
2011 Shelley Weston
2012 Greg Huffman
2013 Todd Davis
2014 Bruce Rowe
2015 Andrew Petzold
2016 Rob Holtz
2017 George Witte
2018 Ellen MacFarlane
2019 Greg Sommersberger
2020 Pam Koch
2021 Tim Vertz
2021 Connie Pukaite
2022 Sam Azinger

Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club's Polio Plus Paul Harris Fellows

During the late 1980s and early 1990s, The Rotary Foundation was kicking off its efforts to eradicate polio world-wide.  There was a world-wide effort to recognize each $1000 donation to the polio eradication efforts as Polio Plus Paul Harris Fellows. The following Rotarians donated to this campaign.  (#) is total number, no #? equal 1

Frank Bolz Dick Johannes
Merton Campbell Ned Kellner
Gregory (Sandy) Custer Dick McNabb
Ted Elbe John Mikkelson
Dan Gibb Karle Naggs
Joseph Haen Bill Ross
Peter Hatzinger Stanford Smith
Karl Hertz Bob Sobczak
Ralph Huiras Wally Sommer
Bob Jacobs Charles Walker

Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club's Community Paul Harris Fellows

Occasionally, The Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club recognizes a non-rotarian community volunteer by making a donation to The Rotary Foundation in their name.

2000 Neil Willenson
2001 Ted Egelhoff

Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club's Other Paul Harris Fellows

Of course, since The Rotary Foundation is able to take donations for more than just the foregoing special campaigns, we have had many of our Rotarians make annual donations and they receive a Paul Harris award when their cumulative donations reach $1000. Each of the following Rotarians have donated at least $1000 or had the funds donated on their behalf by another. 

Linda Bendix Ellen MacFarlane (9)
Holly Bern Ramon MacFarlane (4)
Fred Bock Jay Metzler
Frank Bolz (3) Van Mobley
John Box David O'Connor (4)
Bob Briese Connie Pukaite
Merton Campbell (4) John Riley
Michael Casey Bruce Rowe (2)
Gregory (Sandy) Custer (9) Stan Smith (4)
Stephen Derfel Ed Stone
Dan Gannon (2) Bob Sobczak (2)
Karl Hertz (9) Justin Strom
Greg Huffman (9) Ted Weirather
Ralph Huiras Loyal Wells (2)
Marc Jorgensen Shelley Weston (2)
Tom Johnson Jack Wiese (2)
Roger Kirgues (2) Jim Wilke
John Koloske (2)
Todd Davis
Herbert Hillman
Richard Johannes
Andrew Petzold
Tony Von Rueden
Russell Witte-Dycus
George Witte
​William Hart (2)
Robert Jacobs (3)
Karle Naggs 
Diane Robertson (3)
Greg Sommersberger (3)
Tim Vertz (2)
Nancy Witte-Dycus

Thiensville-Mequon Rotary Club's Paul Harris Benefactors

A Paul Harris Benefactor is a person who has included The Rotary Foundation in their estate planning documents and advised The Rotary Foundation of this potential gift. 

Karl V. Hertz
Ramon MacFarlane
Ted Weirather