Mitch Cowan Paul Harris Fellow Citation

Malcolm (Mitch) Cowan – A Paul Harris Fellow Gift

Presented by Club President , Peter McCloskey , 2015 Rotary Changeover Dinner

The Paul Harris Fellow is named for Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary with three business associates in Chicago in 1905.  Paul Harris Fellow recognition was established in his honour in 1957 to express appreciation for a contribution of $1,000 US to the humanitarian and educational programs of The Rotary Foundation.

Rotary Clubs and their  members , through regular  contributions to the Rotary Foundation,   also gift 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.

Mitch your fellow Rotarians would like you to accept our gift to you of a Paul Harris Fellow because we believe that your life exemplifies the humanitarian and educational objectives of the Rotary Foundation. We thank you for demonstrating in your life and vocation commitment to helping others.

Mitch’s first involvement in community support started back in 1988 when the day care centre where 2 of his boys started at needed a committee before they could  officially open. So he jumped on-board as President (much to the dismay of some of the young mums) and so it began.

After moving from Sydney to the Coast his passion for sport & community intensified. He joined Northlakes Rugby Club as a player and soon to be committee member. He became the players go to, to present them at the Judiciary. As all that know him know, he loves the underdog debate.

Once his sons were old enough to start sport there was a change in code but not in commitment. He first began as Team manager and then juniors coach at Toukley Gorokan Soccer Club. This of course progressed to Committee member and eventual president at the Club for many years. Now with four kids, a busier life meant something had to give so he passed the baton but not for long. He was instrumental in rebuilding North Central Coast Body boarders Club. Once again as President and onto NSW Body boarders Association and all the while promoting young Central Coast bodyboarding talent along the way.

Mitch joined Rotary in November 2007. Becoming President in 2009/2010, it is fair to say that Mitch shook our Club to its foundations. He reviewed all the projects we were doing and determined which one a progressive Club should undertake. He made some brave decisions, all ensuring the long term future of the Club. He established our strong link with District and spread our name as one of the most innovative and progressive Clubs in District 9680. He implemented our Charity Race Day which continues to be a major fundraiser for our Club. Mitch’s hard work paid off when Northlakes Toukley Rotary Club was awarded District’s Best Club for 2009/10 (63 Clubs)

Mitch is always the first one to put his hand up to help others as is evident by his personal participation on the committee for the Middleton Family Appeal when our Club elected not to be become involved in this fundraising appeal early this year. His long suffering family , some are here tonight, also deserve acknowledgment , especially his long serving wife Cal. Cal learned a long time ago that when he says “I’m just going to a quick meeting “ she knows it’s never going to be just that.

It now gives me great pleasure to present Mitch with his Paul Harris Fellow Certificate and invite Cal to present Mitch with his Paul Harris Fellow pin.

The certificate states that mitch has been named a Paul Harris Fellow “in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the furtherance and better understanding and friendly relations between peoples of the world. “

Mitch, please wear your Paul Harris Fellow pin with pride and accept our congratulations and sincere appreciation for your commitment to our common goals of world understanding and peace

Ladies & gentlemen please congratulate & recognise the newest Paul Harris Fellow, Mitchell Alan Cowen – just plain Mitch to his friends.