The Rotary Foundation is recognizing Bill Phillpotts, RC of San Saba, for significant and dedicated service for promoting Foundation programs and thus advancing better understanding and friendly relations among people of the world.
In the last five years, Phillpotts has sponsored two global education grant scholars for our district.  The one pictured went on to study in Cairo and is now completing law school at UT Austin.  The second recently completed medical school in London and is interviewing in Atlanta in the field of forensic pathology.  His sponsoring involved assisting with applications, budgeting ($30,000 grant), arranging international host sponsors and coping with Covid impacts at a London university on international students.

 As a club Foundation chair, he led his club to consistently earn TRF banners for 100% giving and Every Rotarian Every Year, plus recognition for its per capita giving.  Phillpotts also applied for and received district grants for literacy projects; plus, a Rotary Foundation Disaster Relief grant for Covid that fed the hungry in San Saba.

 Always an advocate for Rotary’s End Polio focus, Phillpotts set the pace for then-district governor John Hutcherson when they completed the Rotary Ride to End Polio 100-mile event in Tuscon.  And his smiling face graces the club table at the high school football games “purple pinkie” event fundraiser for Polio Plus.

 District Rotary Foundation Chair Jerry Hardy notes this is our sole recipient of this award this year and adds that many Rotarians around the district know Bill Phillpotts and proudly applaud this well-deserved recognition.
Photo caption: Pictured with Rotary global scholar Ghada Ghannam at UTSA Honors College graduation are Rotarian Bill Phillpotts and his wife Donna.