On September 17, 2018, Rotary District 5930 Governor Andy Hagan, made the annual governor’s visit to the Aransas Pass Rotary Club.  The purpose of this visit was to evaluate and encourage the Club in the purpose of Rotary, “Service Above Self.”  This year’s theme, chosen by District Governor (DG) Andy, is “Be the Inspiration”. 
DG Andy emphasized that an important component of Rotary is the Rotary Foundation.   The Foundation utilizes donations by members and non-members for humanitarian and educational programs. Those programs include an array of projects that save and invigorate the lives of people around the world and enhance international friendship and understanding.  Foundation programs provide educational opportunities, food, potable 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. 
All who personally donate, and/or who have a donation of $1000.00 made in their name, to the Foundation are identified as a Paul Harris Fellow (PHF) and awarded a PHF pin.  The title Paul Harris Fellow was established in 1957 to honor Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary. All who contribute, or have an additional contribution of $1000.00 to the Foundation in their name, are titled Paul Harris Fellows +1 (PHF+1) and are awarded a PHF Sapphire Pin. On Monday, September 17, 2018, DG Andy recognized three Rotarians, Bud Lockwood, Ramiro Gomez, and Karen Gayle who have donated an additional $1000.00 to the Rotary Foundation. DG Andy presented a PHF Sapphire Pin to each. During the Governor visit last year, Rotarian Ronnie Yeager received his PHF+1 pin. This makes 4 Aransas Pass Rotarians who have donated or had a minimum of $2000.00 donated to the Rotary Foundation in their name.
Picture Left to Right:
                  Bud Lockwood
                  Ramiro Gomez
                  Karen Gayle
                  Andy Hagan, 2018-2019 Governor of Rotary International District 5930
Picture and Article submitted by Karen Gayle