Nelsonian Gets Highest Award In Rotary : 5.18.10

Photo Courtesy Of Nelson Rotary : Paul Harris Fellow is presented to Morris Foster (left) by Richard Rice, President of the Rotary Club of Nelson County.
Photo Courtesy Of Nelson Rotary : Paul Harris Fellow is presented to Morris Foster (left) by Richard Rice, President of the Rotary Club of Nelson County.

Nelson County, Virginia

Mr. Morris Foster was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow recently at a meeting of the Nelson County Rotary. Paul Harris was the founder of Rotary International.

Mr. Foster is the owner of W. Morris Foster – Land Surveyors at 4479 Rockfish Valley Hwy. Nellysford, Va.

The Paul Harris Fellow Award is the highest award that can be bestowed upon an individual by Rotary International. Mr. Foster was honored for his humanitarian efforts to improve quality of life, and education in Nelson County.

The Rotary Foundation’s Humanitarian Programs fund international Rotary club and district projects to improve the quality of life, providing health care, clean water, food, education, and other essential needs primarily in the developing world. One of the major Humanitarian Programs is PolioPlus, which seeks to eradicate the poliovirus worldwide. Through its Educational Programs, the Foundation provides funding for some 1,200 students to study abroad each year. Grants are also awarded to university teachers to teach in developing countries and for exchanges of business and professional people. Former participants in the Foundation’s programs have the opportunity to continue their affiliation with Rotary as Foundation Alumni.

The Paul Harris Fellow recognition was created in memory of Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary as a way to show appreciation for contributions to the Foundation’s charitable and educational program. A Paul Harris Fellow is an individual who contributes $1,000 or in whose name that amount is contributed. Every Paul Harris Fellow receives a pin, medallion and a certificate when he or she becomes a Fellow. This identifies the Paul Harris Fellow as an advocate of the Foundation’s goals of world peace and international understanding.

The Nelson County Rotary Club meets each Thursday at 7:15am in The Nelson Center, Lovingston, Virginia.


  1. Yes, Morris Foster is my father but more importantly is a a trust worthy honorable man… I guess you could say he is a much respected renaissance man (sorry to embarrass you Dad!). He can paint, write poetry, landscape, survey, take on the Planning commission (in a good way), drive any kind of vehicle, sink a hook shot, dance a crazy dance, skip with the kids, catch a fish, steer a boat, teach students to read or do math, and be an awesome Dad, husband and “PaPa” all at the same time. Dad, you have been a member of Rotary for as long as I can remember. You deserve the recognition. Love you much and we are all very proud of you. XOXO, Tam and family

  2. Hearty congratulations to Morris Foster on such a noteworthy award! It is not surprising, by any means, Mr. Foster would be a recipient of such an award. What an honorable and kind man; he truly is an asset to our community.

  3. Congratulations, Morris!

    We always knew our neighbor on the ‘crick’ was a special person and it has been recognized in the most special way.

    Good JOB!!

    George and Rita

  4. What a solid guy. He has made me smile more times than I can remember, a strong and sensitive character. Anyone who knows him is the better for it. I can just see that infectious grin this morning in New Zealand.

  5. Congratulations, Morris !!!
    All of the compassion, kindness and generosity which you have consistently given everyone who has the good fortune to know you is being acknowledged.
    The only thing you forgot to do was present your awesome smile for the camera 🙂


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