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At its September meeting, the Rotary Club of Evanston honored William Logan, a 31-year member of the club, as a Paul Harris Fellow.

The presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow recognition is The Rotary Foundation’s way of expressing its appreciation for a substantial contribution to its humanitarian and educational programs. It is named for Rotary’s founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905. 

Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates a shared purpose with the objectives of The Rotary Foundation.

Mr. Logan has had a long and distinguished career in the community, serving in the Evanston Police Department and later at Evanston Township High School. He was the first black Evanston Police Officer to be promoted to Lieutenant, Captain and Deputy Chief. In 1984, he became the first black police chief in the City of Evanston.  In 1987, he went on to serve as Director of Safety at Evanston Township High School.

Mr. Logan’s long history with Evanston also includes his 47-year association with the Fellowship of African American Men (FAAM) youth basketball program and 58-year membership in the Chessmen Civic Club.