The Paul Harris Fellow award is given to one member by the club each year. The person receiving the award is selected by a committee of other Paul Harris fellows in the club.
The club must contribute $1,000 to the Rotary International Foundation in the member's name in order for the award to be given out.
The award is generally given to a long-time club member who has distinguished him or herself in "service above self," the Rotary motto. Paul Harris was one of the three founders of Rotary in 1905, in Chicago. One of the other three founders, Sylvester Schiele, was a native of Clay County.
Middledorf served in World War II as a B-17 pilot, flying missions over Europe.
He was a Prudential Insurance agent in Brazil for more than 30 years before retiring in 1983. He and his wife Betty are members of the Berea Christian Church and reside in Brazil.
Past President John Lee awarded the "Rotarian of the Year" award to Mark Adamson for his help in securing the Reithoffer carnival for the July 4 celebration this year, after All-American Shows announced it could not complete its contract with the club last spring.
Adamson, who owns Aerial Arts Fireworks, Brazil, has also put on the Gala Fireworks Show during the festival at Forest Park for many years.
Lee was also awarded the President's Award at Thursday's meeting.