Vice President Boakai Receives Highest Rotary Award

Tuesday, 8th December 2009
Vice President Boakai receives the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Madam Lindholm of the Foundation for Women (FFW).
Vice President Boakai receives the Paul Harris Fellowship Award from Madam Lindholm of the Foundation for Women (FFW).
Photo Credit: Office of the Vice President
Monrovia, Liberia - Liberia’s Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr., was on December 8 the recipient of the Paul Harris Fellowship Award, the highest award of the Rotary Foundation.

The presentation was made in the Vice President’s Capitol Building office by Deborah Lindholm, an official of the Lajolla Sunrise Rotary Club of California, U.S.A.  

Presenting the certificate, lapel pin and medallion symbolizing the Paul Harris Fellowship, Ms. Lindholm, who is also Founder and Executive Director of the San Diego, California based Foundation for Women (FFW), said the Rotary Club selected Vice President Boakai to receive the recognition because his “life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation.”

“We thank you for demonstrating in your life and vocation a commitment to helping persons in need here and around the world,” the citation for the award said. “You have been named a Paul Harris Fellow, in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance of better understanding and friendly relations between peoples of the world,” it further said.

Ms. Lindholm, who led an eight-member delegation of the Foundation for Women to the Vice President’s Capitol Building office,  added that the "world is so much better” because people like the Vice President were in it.

Receiving the award, Vice President Boakai thanked the Rotary Club for the honor bestowed upon him, and pledged to continue to demonstrate the qualities that prompted the Rotary Foundation to recognize him.

“This is an organization that has done so much in this country, and I am honored for this recognition,” the Liberian Vice President emphasized.

Rotarians designate a Paul Harris Fellow to recognize another person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives and mission of the Rotary Foundation to build world understanding and peace.

The  fellowship is named after Paul Harris who, along with three business associates, founded the Rotary Club in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A in 1905. The fellowship was established in his honor in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution to the humanitarian and educational programs of the Rotary Foundation. The programs include an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding.

Rotary Foundation programs provide educational opportunities, food, portable water, health care, immunizations and shelter for millions of persons. These activities are funded, implemented and managed by Rotarians and Rotary clubs around the globe.