When someone commented that the presentation itself "gives a PHF its true value as recognition of exceptional service," I felt that a little more explaining should be made.
Certainly, to recognise a person as a Paul Harris Fellow should always be an honour to the individual, because it demonstrates significant support for the wonderful work of The Rotary Foundation. But, just as a Paul Harris Fellow can be "recognition of exceptional service," it can also be many other things, as well.
To describe a PHF only in terms of "exceptional service" is far too limiting for the entire Rotary world, and totally disregards the historical background of the expression of appreciation for a very generous contribution to The Rotary Foundation.
If we did not think much broader in describing a Paul Harris Fellow, and realise it is primarily a magnificent way to raise money for The Foundation, I assure you that The Rotary Foundation would not be one of the great humanitarian and educational foundations of the world.