by Stephen Vodhanel, PhD
Assistant professor Jim Pinder, JD, MBA, has been honored with the Paul Harris Fellow award through the Redlands Rotary Club. Chosen amongst a field of outstanding service members of Rotary Club, Jim was recognized in appreciation of tangible and significant assistance given for the advancement of better understanding and friendly relations among peoples of the world.
Rotary Club believes that to change the world, Rotary's 1.2 million members start with a commitment to Service Above Self. In supporting this mission, the School of Pharmacy supports Jim’s membership at Rotary Club as a way to give back to the local community and build relationships with community leaders.
Exemplar of Jim's Rotary work, in November 2009, he travelled with other Rotarians to Benin, in West Africa, to participate in a polio vaccination program. Jim was able to vaccinate about 20 children in rural parts of the country. Benin is a country where little to no medical care is available to the general population. This vaccination program was part of a larger initiative that spanned several countries and saw thousands of children vaccinated over a three-day period.
The entire School of Pharmacy is proud of Jim’s service and acknowledgment with the Paul Harris Fellow award.