The Pace Rotary Club recently awarded Santa Rosa County Vice-chair and District 4 Commissioner Jim Melvin the honor of Paul Harris Fellow. Rotarians often designate a Paul Harris Fellow as a tribute to a person whose life demonstrates service above self and a shared purpose with the objectives of the Rotary Foundation which include advancing world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. The Paul Harris Fellow is named for their founder, Paul Harris, a Chicago lawyer who started Rotary International with three business associates in 1905.

Commissioner Melvin is a native of Santa Rosa County. He served as an Air Force pilot for 23 years, retiring from active duty in 1994. He then worked as a Certified Public Accountant for several years before returning to retirement. He was elected as the District 4 county commissioner in 2010, and currently serves as the vice-chair.