On October 14, 2009, at the regular meeting of the Clarke County Rotary Club, District Governor Ron Napier inducted 19 members of the Club into the Paul Harris Fellowship. By this act, the Clarke County Club became a member of a very select group. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary. Paul Harris Fellows have contributed at least $1000.00 to the Rotary Foundation, the charitable arm of Rotary International. Today, Rotary’s almost 27,000 clubs are present in 184 countries. Clarke County is now one of the very few Rotary Clubs in the world in which every member is also a Paul Harris Fellow.
This special celebration also honored Col. Kemp H. Denning, Jr., a Charter Member of the club, and past District Governor of District 676. By act on of the club, the 2d Wednesday in October will henceforth be Kemp H. Denning, Jr. day, and the scholarship presented by the Club to a worthy senior at Clarke County High School will be known as the Kemp H. Denning, Jr. Scholarship. Rotarian Kemp and the late Rev. Joseph Kerr were instrumental in the creation of the Clarke County Club. It was their foresight and wisdom that established a financial structure for the club so that every member is also a Sustaining Member of the Rotary Foundation.
The ceremony on October 14 marks the next step in the Club’s commitment to Rotary, the Rotary Foundation and the works these two organizations do. The new Paul Harris Fellows are: Randolph Jones, Diana B. Kincannon, Ann St. Claire Lesman, Marie Fieth Murphy, Chaun Liu Ni, Robert Randolph, Robert A. Sellery, Thomas King Tandy, Frans G. Classen, A. R. Dunning, Edwin R. Pierce, Christopher Lee Rosen, Rieman Claytor Royston, Ryan Christopher Royston, David M. Schleifer, Betty Schutte-Box, Jerry A. Van Voorhis, Patricia Jenkins Flynn, Mary Rodriguez, and Mary Jane Lee (partner of Rotarian Michael Hobert).