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RGHF’s list of Missing Fellowship Histories
In 1928, according to Rotary International, Esperanto became the first Rotary Fellowship. Today, more than 90 fellowships offer Rotarians with similar vocational or recreational interests the chance to enjoy Rotary together.


These fellowships bring the members together and enable them to see the other side of each member. When high level businessmen are in a meeting, they are completely different when compared to the same businessmen on a vacation. It relaxes people and strengthens relationships. You can even see them sitting together and sipping a cup of Chocolate Slim to lose all the holiday weight they are bound to put on.

By 1928, Rotary was becoming a truly international movement and problems of language were evident. At the time, much of the development of Rotary outside Europe, involved ex-pats, British or American, combining with local businessmen most of whom would have at least a smattering of English.

However, there was thought by many people to be a need for some auxiliary world language. It was even said that if, as a practical piece of service under the Sixth Object, Rotary Clubs had set to work to agitate for the teaching of a common language in all schools, then the world would have had a grown up generation with a common speech. The recommendation was for the universal language to be Esperanto, devised in 1887 by Dr.Ludwig Zamenhof.

Several individual Rotarians combined together to form a Rotary Esperanto Fellowship, the first Rotary Fellowship, in 1928. When it was founded, the ‘Rotary Wheel’ magazine not only carried articles about it, but in succeeding issues actually carried articles in Esperanto, albeit, with English translations. This did not last long, but the Fellowship remains today.

Forwarded by RGHF Senior Historian Basil Lewis, UK, 15 May 2007


Esperanto Fellowship of Rotarians


R.A.D.E. (Rotaria Amikaro De Esperanto)

A short History of R.A.D.E.


The first Fellowship of Rotary International (1928)



The  Global Networking Group R.A.D.E., consisting of Rotarians who use the international neutral language Esperanto, aims to realize Rotary International’s objectives of promoting mutual Understanding, Goodwill, Friendship and Peace among nations; fostering high ethical standards, facilitating personal contacts among Rotarians with different linguistic backgrounds and promoting  the humanitarian international services of R.I.


But what is Esperanto?  It is a proposed second easy-to-learn language to be used by people, beside the mother tongue, all over the world without any distinction.


It has no exceptions to the rules as do the national languages, because it would not be able to fulfill its role as a second language if it were difficult to learn.  As Esperanto belongs to no one people but to all, consequently it is free from nationalistic concerns.


However, why Rotarians began to use Esperanto in their international contacts? It happened in the twenties, when the Rotarians in France and those in Britain wanted to work together for “PEACE AND UNDERSTANDING”, but some wanted all to speak English and some wanted all to speak French, and neither group wanted to cede its cultural identity to the other.


The result was the decision to create in 1928 the RADE Fellowship to promote the use of Esperanto among Rotarians with different linguistic backgrounds.


They had the vision that in the future of Rotary, the educational and humanitarian partnerships, Group Study Exchanges, volunteer programs, seminars, institutes and conventions would eliminate their communication problems by the use of Esperanto!


What does that indicate?  It shows that our Four-Way Test does not permit us to give advantages only to one nation.   Rather we have to be “just and fair to everyone, to provide solutions of goodwill and better friendship.”  Therefore, RI uses officially twelve languages, and the tendency is not to lessen the number of languages but to increase it.  That means increase of extremely high translation costs.

In the second Century of Rotary, our Fellowship encourages the advancement of a desirable globalization, using a neutral second language, and so protecting the richness of cultural and linguistic diversity, trying to avoid a worldwide low-level mediocrity.




1928 – After three years of preliminary preparation by Esperanto speaking Rotarians in Britain and France, on the 21st of March “Rotaria Esperanto-Amikaro,” the first Fellowship to be registered in R.I., was founded in London. The President was Rotarian J.J.Boutwood of Hastings, and the Secretary-Treasurer was Douglas Boatman of Southend-on-Sea.


In August, a preparatory meeting of the Fellowship was held in Antwerp, Belgium. On December 15, the first issue of �Mondamikeco” (“World Friendship”), the duplicated bulletin of the Fellowship of Rotarians, was published. In the December issue of “The Rotary Wheel”, then the official organ of  R.I.B.I., an article “A tongue for humanity” supportive of Esperanto appeared.


1929 – The first annual meeting of the Fellowship was held in Paris. Twenty-six members from five countries (Britain, France, Germany, Spain, and the U.S.A.) participated.  During the annual meeting of R.I.B.I. a resolution in support of Esperanto was approved.


1930 – In the official organ “The Rotarian” appeared an article by Karl von Frenckell favorable to Esperanto.


The annual meeting of the Fellowship occurred in Oxford because of a requirement that offices had to be moved to a new country every other year.  Georgies Warnier (Paris) was elected President and Gabriel Havet (Lille) was elected to be Secretary.


After a favorable report by Charles Mander, it was proposed in The Hague, Netherlands, that next year’s congress in Vienna consider the possibility of encouraging the use of Esperanto in the framework of the general work-plan of Rotary.


1931 – In the 7th number of �Mondamikeco” (“World Friendship”), published in printed form in Paris, there appeared a list of 35 members from 9 countries, including Maurice Duperrey, in Paris, and subsequently President of R.I. in 1937-38.  In that same period the British Rotarian Sydney W. Pascall, President of R.I. 1931-32, also became a member of the Esperanto Fellowship.


The Rotary Commission of the World Congress in Vienna, Austria, in accord with a proposal by Sir Charles Mander, accepted a resolution supportive of Esperanto, according to which the Central Committee of Rotary would examine the language problem and its solution using Esperanto.


The Central Committee of Rotary, having convened in Zurich on the 16th and 17th of September 1931, accepted a motion recognizing that “The International Language is an essential factor for mutual understanding and global friendship.  Among the existing auxiliary languages, Esperanto is the most practical because of its simplicity, the ease of learning it, its relatively abundant literature, and its widespread use by its supporters throughout the whole world.”


1932 – The representatives of 2,021 Clubs from 57 countries met during the Rotary World Congress in Boston and accepted a resolution requesting a definite decision, whether Esperanto or another language will be used in order to facilitate relations among Rotarians, and establishing a plan for the teaching of the elected language.


The Rotary Club of Paris, working cooperatively with other clubs, established in Switzerland a camp for young people in which Esperanto was used as a means of communication.


The membership of the Esperanto Fellowship grew to 46 members during the annual meeting, which was held in Cologne, Germany.

Because of the attitude of the new Hitlerian regime, the offices have been moved to the Netherlands.  Dr. Meilhuisen of Arnhem became President.


1935 – A meeting of Rotarian Esperantists occurred during the 26th British Congress of Esperanto in Southend-on-Sea.


1935 – 1944 – Rotary and Esperanto were prohibited or severely opposed in many European countries.  During World War II, contacts between one country and another became almost impossible.  The Rotarian Esperanto Fellowship disappeared, but some members preserved the ideal.


1945 – The Rotary Club of Guararapes (Brazil) included in its work-plan the spreading of Esperanto.


1949 – The Rotary Club of Te Awamutu in New-Zealand at the initiative of local industrialist A.J. Sinclair published a booklet in Esperanto concerning the aims of Rotary as well as two booklets in English about the promoting of Esperanto.


In the introduction of those booklets, the President of that Club, Philip Quick, wrote:  “The Commission for external relations of our Club established friendly relations overseas with hundreds of persons who do not know the English language.  That required the use of Esperanto. During 1949, more than 1000 letters arrived from 48 countries.


1955 – On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Rotary, Dr. H.B. Tiner, President of Pepperdine College and ex-Governor of his District, wrote:


A main aim of Rotary during the coming 50 years will be the expansion of good relations among the people of the whole world, principally by means of the exchange of ideas, of cultural values, and the drive to abolish illiteracy.  No other association is more international than Rotary, and we are capable of overcoming religious, cultural, and economic barriers as we strive to advance international good-will, understanding, and Peace.  Because Rotary has such aims, it fully deserves success: but who does not see that Esperanto is the ideal means for realizing them!

1959 – The Esperantist Rotarian Norman Williams reestablished the association and gave it the new name “Rotaria Amikaro De Esperanto” or “RADE.” (In Esperanto, the term “rade” has the very appropriate meaning “by means of the wheel.”)  Following him as President was Graham Leon-Smith, a university professor from Egham (Britain).


1963 – The French architect Marcel G�nermont, Past President of the Rotary Club in Moulins sur-Allier, launched a campaign for the teaching of Esperanto and invited the other French clubs to sign a supportive petition addressed to the school authorities.


1979 – At the invitation of President Graham Leon-Smith, Marc Levin, chief editor of the French Rotarian magazine �Le Rotarien” and official representative of R.I. to UNESCO in Paris, became Secretary of RADE.

The magazine �Le Rotarien� published a large service in 20 pages about the advantages in international communication when using Esperanto worldwide as a second language.


1994 – The first issue of the RADE newsletter was published and distributed to fifty Esperantists in 16 countries.  It contained an invitation to nominate candidates for the election of a new board of directors.


1996 – On the 12th of December there occurred in Nagasaki, Japan, “A Meeting for the Coming Generations,” organized by R.I. and the Governor of District 2740, a member of RADE, Isamu Ito intervened in the debate concerning “International Mutual Understanding and Exchange” to call attention to Esperanto and the activity of RADE.


1997 – In number four of the RADE newsletter appeared the greeting of the newly elected President Eskil Svane, a Danish diplomat and a member of the Rotary Club in Pezenas (France). Secretary Marc Levin continued in that position.  The membership of RADE totaled 63 from 18 different countries.


1998 – Rotarians from five countries attended the annual meeting of RADE, convened within the framework of the 83rd “Universala Kongreso de Esperanto” in Montpellier (France).


1999 – RADE newsletter number 6 reported about the activity of our members in Italy, Lithuania, and Egypt.


President Eskil Svane visited the Rotary Club Alto Para�so, district 4530, (Brazil) and lectured in Esperanto.


The annual meeting of RADE was held in the framework of the 84th “Universala Kongreso de Esperanto” in Berlin.  Some of our members visited two Rotary Clubs in that city, informing them about the Congress of Esperanto.


2000 – RADE newsletter number 7 reported about our annual meeting in the framework of the 85th “Universala Kongreso de Esperanto” in Tel Aviv (Israel), where some of our members visited the Rotary Club of Tel Aviv/Jeff and discussed Esperanto and the Congress.

In the same newsletter reports from our members in Italy, Samoa, and Brazil appeared. In October, our President Eskil Svane visited new Rotary Clubs in Slovakia, in the two cities of Zilina and Bansk�-Bystrica.


2001 – In the January number of the magazine “Brasil Rot�rio” appeared a three-page illustrated article “Esperanto, a language without national boundaries” by our President Eskil Svane.  It was translated from an article with the same title in the French �Le Rotarien”.  In the April issue of �Brasil Rot�rio” appeared a full-page article by Ursula Grattapaglia, who wrote among other things �Esperanto is the one and only language for international communication which conforms to Rotary’s Criteria of the Four Way Test.”


In November, “Rotary World” published a letter from Eskil Svane, which emphasized that RADE, established in 1928, was the oldest of all Rotary Fellowships.

In March, during the Latin-American Conference on Population and Evolution, organized in Brasilia under the auspices of R.I. and the United Nations, our member Ursula Grattapaglia, district 4530, was invited to lecture about a successful project in Brazil in the framework of “Education for Self-Sufficiency in Rural Community.” It provided a favorable opportunity to mention the role of Esperanto in social actions.


During the 92nd Rotary World Convention in San Antonio (Texas) RADE presented informations in the General Booth for Fellowships, thus establishing many contacts with Rotarians, mainly from non-English-speaking countries.


In RADE newsletter number eight appeared reports from our members Paul Desailly (Australia) and Giuseppe and Ursula Grattapaglia (Brazil) concerning their visits to China and Italy.


2002 – RADE staffed a Fellowship Booth during the 93rd Rotary Convention in Barcelona, Spain.

In addition to that, RADE members were accepted at the UNESCO Club of Barcelona during a friendly meeting with local Esperantists. In Barcelona, the annual meeting of RADE was convened with members attending from many different countries.


In the framework of the 87th Universala Kongreso de Esperanto in Fortaleza (Brazil), eight members of RADE and the President of Rotaract from Guarapari (D. 4410) visited Rotary Clubs from the host city to present information about Esperanto and the congress.


Number 10 of the RADE newsletter mentioned the decision of our Fellowship to invite some Districts to present a Resolution Proposal concerning Esperanto during the Council on Legislation in 2004.

The same newsletter published a call from our member Marco Kappenberg, Isle of Samoa, President of the new Rotarian Environment Fellowship, to join with that group. Esperanto can be considered as an �Ecological language� as it protects the national cultures from an erroneous globalization.


2003 – RADE set up an information booth during the 94th World Convention of Rotary in Brisbane (Australia).  The booth has been staffed by RADE members from Australia, Brazil, Britain and Samoa, demonstrating an example of the full mutual understanding among Rotarians of different language backgrounds.

The periodical “Rotary World” in its May issue celebrated the 75th anniversary of the founding of RADE, the first Rotarian Fellowship, clearly manifesting the advantages of Esperanto as a fair, neutral, and easily learned instrument of communication.


President Eskil Svane published an article about the collaboration of Esperanto organizations with service clubs such as Rotary, which was published in the French magazine “Le Monde de l�Esperanto” and in Esperanto in the monthly magazine of UEA (Universala Esperanto Asocio) in the Netherlands.


Among the international visits and contacts by our members, of particular note was the trip by President Eskil Svane (visits to the Mid-Isle Rotary Club on the Caribbean Island of St. Martin and to the Rotary Club of El-Jadida, Morocco) and the visit by Giuseppe and Ursula Grattapaglia to the Clubs of Krakow (Poland), of Warstein-Meschede (Germany), and of Ancona (Italy).


Issue 11 of the RADE newsletter published the official text of the Resolution Proposal about Esperanto presented by Brazilian Districts 4410 and 4530 for discussion at the Council on Legislation of R.I. in 2004.


2004 – Issue 12 of the RADE newsletter published the news that Proposal 04-265 requesting that the Rotary Board of Directors consider the gradual introduction of Esperanto in Rotary Clubs throughout the world, which was presented by the Rotary Clubs of Alto Para�so (Brazil) and Vit�ria Praia de Cambur� (Brazil), was not accepted by the Council on Legislation of R.I., as only 61 districts voted favorably.

Again RADE set up an information booth during the 95th World Convention of Rotary in Osaka (Japan), awakening a noteworthy interest on the part of Japanese Rotarians.

Ursula Grattapaglia lectured in Esperanto at the Toyonaka Rotary Club, with a translation into Japanese by RADE member Eizo Otsuka.

In April District 1780 (the eastern part of France) invited representatives of the Rotary Fellowships to have information booths at its annual conference.  Our Secretary Marc Levin represented RADE.


At the end of July, a group of seven members of RADE participated in the 89th “Universala Kongreso de Esperanto” in Beijing, China.  On that occasion, they visited the provisional Rotary Club of Beijing where Ursula Grattapaglia lectured about Esperanto and the Congress. On the way to Beijing, our members were guests of the Rotary Club in Hong Kong.


2005 � Just becoming  a tradition, RADE set up an information booth during the Convention of Rotary International in Chicago.  Esperanto speaking Rotarians rotated in staffing the booth, and informed thousands of convention goers about the idea of a better communication by a neutral language.  Because of that, new Rotarians joined our Fellowship, so that now our total membership exceeds 100 from 31 different countries.

In the so-called “Time Capsule” of the Chicago Convention, the President of the Rotary Club of Alto Para�so (Brazil) deposited a message in Esperanto, which will be read–one hundred years from now!

An important event of RADE-members occurred in Lithuania, Vilnius, on occasion of the Esperanto World Congress in that country in august 2005.

Number 15 of the RADE newsletter published a ballot for the election of a new RADE board.


2006 – Number 16 of the RADE newsletter made public the results of the balloting for the new leadership:

Honorary Chairman: Eskil Svane � RC Locarno, (D1980) Switzerland;

Chairman: Marc Levin – RC Lyon (D.1710) France;

Secretary -Giuseppe Grattapaglia – RC Alto Para�so (D.4530) Brazil;

Board members: Steve Pitney – RC Richmond (D.9800) Australia;

Eizo Otsuka – RC Toyonaka (D.2660) Japan;

Antanas Gvildys- R Jubarkas (D.1460) Lithuania.


The same issue of the newsletter published the Proposal of a new Resolution about Esperanto presented by the Rotary Club Alto Para�so (D.4530), which was approved by the District Conference and forwarded to R.I. for discussion during the next Council on Legislation.

A Matching Grant for Brazilian disabled teenagers was concluded with the collaboration of RADE members from Australia, Brazil and The Rotary Foundation.


2007  Two more newsletters (17 and 18) have been distributed by e-mail to our members. During the Salt Lake City  Convention of Rotary International, the RADE members staffed again the Fellowship booth. During this Convention, RADE members decided to cooperate for a Matching Grant in Brazil in partnership with members in Belgium, France and England and TRF.  The correspondence between the districts occurred in Esperanto in both Humanitarian Projects. Friendship visits between clubs have been organized in Belgium and in Brazil.

In April 2007, the Council on Legislation refused once more the recommendation to introduce gradually the use of a neutral language in our 33.000 clubs with hundred different languages, but did not hesitate to add Russian and Hindi to the number of official languages in R.I.




Our Fellowship is aware, that the vision of RI for worldwide Understanding and Peace is still an Utopia.

We still do not have one common language, (but twelve) in which we could communicate with our fellow Rotarians who speak Russian or Arabic, Chinese or Hungarian, Finnish or Korean, French or Polish.

However, the tremendous technological progress in communication and transportation calls for a solution with the greatest urgency!

Our great PPRI PAULO VIRIATO, before leaving us, wrote in the BRASIL ROT�RIO magazine: “We Rotarians need a common language, a type of Rotarenglish.”


No longer is it an acceptable solution to use, as we presently do, a NATIONAL language as an INTERNATIONAL one.

The PPRI Ravizza, during his leadership said:  “ROTARY HAS TO BE AHEAD OF THE FACTS AND NOT JUST RUN BEHIND THEM”.


Given this situation, what is the task of Rotary International in the context of the global language problem?

We need to take account of how the world has changed.  Rotary was born 100 years ago. In what kind of language did the first Rotarians speak with Paul Harris in 1905?  Everyone knows that it was the North-American language, one of the 37 official varieties of the English language from England.

However, today the situation is very different.  We have Rotarians in 200 countries with more than 100 different languages.


We Rotarians are preparing the future.  The quality of that future depends on what we think, say, and do today!

Are we, both as an organization and as individuals, going to address the world language problem?

Our Fellowship RADE tries to do its best in creating awareness and taking action –

On the History of the Rotary Club of Munich.

By Paul U. Unschuld
The Rotary Club of Munich was founded on 2 November 1928 as the fourth Rotary Club in Germany, preceded only by the Rotary Clubs of Hamburg and Frankfurt (both founded in 1927), and Cologne (founded in 1928). It may have been the dominating influence exerted by the Viennese Rotarians (who together with the RC Hamburg founded the Club in Munich) which resulted in a significant number of representatives of the arts and sciences among the founding members of the Rotary Club of Munich. The most famous [Photo: Thomas Mann]member happened to be Thomas Mann (left) who was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1929. When the RC Munich marked this event with a festive reception, Thomas Mann used the occasion to explicitly express his support of the international mission of Rotary to further humaneness and freedom. It was only four years later, on 4 April 1933, that the celebrated author, now in exile in Switzerland, was removed from the list of members together with several Jewish and non-Jewish Rotarians who appeared politically unacceptable under Nazi rule. The circumstances of this move remain unclear to this day. Years before they were able to rise to power, the Nazi Party had made no secret of its aversion to the Rotary movement which it considered a branch of international freemasonry and therefore incompatible with the �ethnic German movement� it intended to push. In 1933, several German Rotary Clubs decided to disband their organizations. Encouraged by national and international exhortations to maintain the ideals of Rotary even under Nazi rule, such plans were not realized for the time being. Despite the fact that some members of the Rotary Club of Munich became actively engaged in the anti-Nazi resistance movement, the attempts to ensure the survival of their Rotary Club provide, from hindsight, an example of a policy of appeasement that was bound to fail. In 1937, after four years of negotiations, those opinion leaders in the Nazi party prevailed who saw no common basis with Rotary. Their decision to the effect that membership in Rotary and in the Nazi Party were irreconcilable finally convinced all Rotary Clubs of Germany that it was time to dissolve themselves. Immediately afterwards all German Rotary files were confiscated by the Gestapo. Found in a German archive by the Red Army in 1945, they were brought to Moscow from where they were returned to East Germany in the 1950s and 1960s. Following the reunification of Germany they were deposited in the National Prussian Archives in Berlin where they are open for research now. On the occasion of the celebration of the 75th anniversary of its foundation in 2003, the Rotary Club of Munich has authorized an analysis of the files associated with the Rotary Club of Munich (some 30.000 pages) in the archive in Berlin. The result of this first substantial review of the history of the Club under Nazi rule has been published as the second chapter in a chronicle covering the entire 75 years since its foundation in 1928 with many illustrations and quotes from the original documents. The chronicle includes four parts.

A recollection by Walther Meuschel, a founding member of the RC Munich, of the years 1928 through 1948, written at the occasion of the Club�s 50th anniversary in 1978, as was a view on the years from 1949 through 1978 by Benno Keim. Paul Unschuld, in addition to contributing the analysis of the period of 1933 through 1937, added as a fourth chapter a survey of the years from 1978 through 2003. In the early years of the Rotary Club of Munich a deep-felt enthusiasm motivated its members to enter international relationships following the trauma of isolation and economic depression after World War I. From 1937 to 1948 members of the former Rotary Club of Munich met privately to uphold their ideals. When the reappearance of Rotary in Germany was permitted by the political administration in 1948, some surviving members of the old club together with newly won Rotarian friends brought the Rotary Club of Munich back to life.

Time and again, it is history that makes a difference.  when stories are recollected, people tend to know better and add more value to the association. When you are investing in the stock market, the natural tendency is to go in for a fund that has existed for a long period of time. This is because, whether it is a human trader or a software like HBSwiss, when there is some history to refer to, calculations and analysis are easier. This helps decision making easier and more effective.

In 1949, Rotary International renewed its charter of the Rotary Club of Munich which soon afterwards was founded again on 12 October 1949. It was now that the Rotary Club of Munich was able to expand and flourish in a democratic society firmly integrated into the moral value system of the Western world. For the past 54 years it has been able to continuously attract members who in their positions in society, including commerce and the arts, the sciences and medicine, have reached leadership positions and at the same time were able to uphold Rotarian values.

The Rotary Club of Munich has established close and intimate relationships with its partner clubs in St. Gallen/Switzerland (since 1954) and Merano/Italy (since 1964). It has participated in international Rotary activities (such as group study exchanges) and has itself founded several Rotary Clubs in Munich and elsewhere. In 1987, Munich was the venue of the World Convention and hosted about 25,000 Rotarian participants. Aside from furthering and maintaining friendship among its members, the Rotary Club of Munich has provided valuable assistance to charity projects regionally and internationally. In particular following German reunification, projects in the former GDR have been several times the focus of support. One of the highlights was the renovation of the Abbey St. Marienstern in Saxony. For this purpose the members of the Rotary Club of Munich donated DM 150 000 in 1990 and 1991, and were able to raise another 45 million DM from other sources to rescue this national landmark and asylum for mentally retarded women from its most deplorable condition.

On the occasion of its 75th anniversary, the club donated 100 000 Euro to a project in Munich aiming at integrating socially disadvantaged teenagers into the work force. Seen in retrospect, the history of the RC Munich in post-WWII Germany offers an impression of a vital club life tied to the international values of Rotary International and contributing significantly to social welfare in its own environment.

Prof. Dr. Paul. U. Unschuld, M.P.H., is Professor and Director of the Institute fort he History of Medicine, Munich University, Lessingstrasse 2, 80336 Munich, Germany.
His book, �Chronik des Rotary Club M�nchen, 1928 � 2003� is available thru the Cygnus Verlag,

Sonnblickstrasse 8, 81377 M�nchen, Germany, ISBN 3-926936-11-8, � 36.50 + postage.



Additional remarks by Wolfgang Ziegler

Aerial view of the Zisterzienserinnen Abbey St. Marienstern in Saxonia after the refurbishment
The biggest and most demanding task ever undertaken by the Rotary Club of Munich was the refurbishment of the Abbey St. Marienstern in Saxonia, formerly East Germany. Since decades the sisters of this abbey cared for disabled girls and women. After the fall of the wall, starting with the Christmas collections of 1990 and 1991, more than 80.000 Dollars were donated towards the refurbishment of the abbey. However, the resources of the Rotary Club of Munich were not nearly sufficient to finance this tremendous task.

In the end, the challenge of the refurbishment of the Abbey St. Marienstern showed, that remarkable accomplishments are possible against all odds. A small group of highly dedicated Rotarians used their economical and professional knowledge, their personal acquaintance with decision makers and the will to make financial sacrifices – metaphorically spoken like a nucleus of crystallization � to subsequently motivate a larger group of friends and other forces to take action. The reward was the knowledge of having saved historically outstanding buildings from destruction. Probably more important, having created for the sisters an unexpected, long lasting and sound basis, who since centuries made sacrifices far from the hustle and bustle of every-day life, caring for a group persons on the brink of our society.

A History of Rotary on Stamps

A History of Rotary on Stamps* (see RGHF’s links)

By Daniel F. Lincoln

Stamp collection is a hobby for many. Many start this hobby very young and continue it well into their adulthood. However, once commitments and responsibilities start increasing, many forget this hobby. We at Rotary want to bring such stamp collectors together and create a platform for them to discuss and feed their passion. When a fellowship event is organized for these stamp collectors, even a severe case of stomach flu cannot stop them. All they need is Detoxic and they are there on time to discuss about the history of some of the most precious stamps.

Attracted by the new stamp being issued in 1955 to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Rotary International, Jerry Husak of Lake Forest, Illinois (a non-Rotarian) suggested to the American Topical Association that they have a “Study Unit” devoted to these commemoratives. Ed Flatch, A T A Director of Units, assented and named Jerry as Secretary, and he in turn named Ed as President.  John Tapley of Kenosha, Wisconsin, became Vice-President.  Before the year was over, Ed sold his collection and resigned. Jerry became President and named Dan Lincoln of Jamestown, New York, as Secretary-Treasurer and Bulletin Editor.  Dan was a Past District Governor (PDG) of Rotary and the first Rotarian member of the Unit. Twenty-three Charter Members signed up and paid $1.00 annual dues.


The first thing we did was get in trouble with the United States Secret Service.  We had pasted up bits of half a dozen Rotary stamps using several languages and designs and no denomination or country as an attractive part of the masthead for our Bulletin and stationery.  We were promptly notified by the Secret Service (and I don’t know how they found out) that we were violating the Federal counterfeiting law and were told to “cease and desist.”  They admitted that it was not really a stamp, but “it looked like one.”  We were scared.  So we quickly burned all the paper, apologized all over the place and “ceased and desisted,” trying to keep out of jail.  We thought it was an attractive design, and now we can show it.  The law has been changed.


In that year, thirty-one more members were added.  Six Bulletins were issued.  Emerson Gause of the R.I. Secretariat, the liaison man working on the stamps, and Karl Krueger, Editor of The Rotarian magazine, were named as Honorary Members.  RoS received wide-spread publicity in the philatelic press.


Rotary International on Stamps, A T A’s Handbook No. 17, was published in 1957.  It was the most elaborate they had issued and the most profusely illustrated.  Reviewers gave it “raves,” and it became the “bible” of Rotary collectors.  Lauren Januz resigned and Dan Lincoln was asked to take over as RoS President.  Budd Simon of Pleasantville, New York, became Vice-President and M.G. Ringenberg of Bel Air, Maryland, Secretary.  The checklist reached 41 pages and completed the detailed coverage of all the issues.  The Bulletin had increased to 10 pages and the 100th member joined.  A new slogan was adopted -“In Philatelia Nearly Everybody Reads the Bulletin.”  The first U.S. Postal Cancellation for a Rotary District conference was authorized for use at Buffalo, New York (District 709), and following that example the first R.I. Convention postal cancellation followed it in June at Dallas, Texas.


Dr. Benjamin Steinberg of Hancock, New York, was elected President at the RoS Annual Meeting held at TOPEX ’59 in New York City.  Dr. J. Kler of New Brunswick, New Jersey, became Vice-President, and Ringenberg and Lincoln were re-elected. The first Unit cacheted covers were issued, and a Sales Circuit plan was put into operation.  The Bulletin continued to be a big help with news about newly discovered cancellations, cachets, seals and other related material from around the world.  Exhibits of Rotary stamps which won awards were noted and the columns were opened for free buy and sell advertisements.


The 1961 Bulletin was reduced to six pages and six issues per year.  Vol. VII, No.6 numbered its last page as “#340” and thus adopted a new page-numbering system.  By June, 1962, the membership stood at 200 and the treasury at $700.  For some inexplicable reasons, Rotary on Stamps went into a state of limbo for the next 6 years.  Nobody died; nobody ran off with the money.  There was just complete apathy and there was nothing much happening in the Rotary stamp world.


In December, 1968, Gene Atkinson sent out a six-page “inquiry” Bulletin to a dozen former members.  Rejuvenation had begun!  Vol. VIII under his tender, loving care, and an increasing number of members under President Frank Brasch of Oakland, California, sprang into service.  Anton Dekom (a non-Rotarian) helped the Sales Department and Gene became Secretary-Treasurer and Bulletin Editor.  Membership grew and the Bulletin expanded to eigQt pages.  An excellent Slide Film Program was made available to Rotary and stamp clubs through RoS and AT A.  It told a GREAT story.  Gene wrote the script.


Along here somewhere, Rotary International thought the idea of our “interest-group” was a good one and proceeded to create their “World Fellowship Activities to encompass a broader contact with Rotarian hobbyists.  R.I. Pamphlet #729 established the criteria for participation and RoS humbly (and proudly) took some of the credit for the idea.  As a Convention Service, RoS arranges annually for a “Mixture Pickin’ Table” where hundreds of thousands of stamps supplied by RoS members, clubs and the Secretariat offices are made available to conventioneers (young and old) to “help themselves. �  RoS members are assigned to the area to talk stamps with all interested collectors.


PDG Robert Horion of Antwerp, Belgium, was named Vice-President in 1977.  The Bulletin was improved with better illustrations and more pages, and with a continuous stream of newly discovered cancellations, cachets and several new stamps.  New interest was created for all readers.  Membership from all over the world sprang to new highs.  Dr. Dave Huang of Thousand Oaks, California, was named as Sales Circuit Manager, another RoS service to collectors.


In anticipation of increased interest due to the 75th Anniversary observance, the Handbook Rotary International on Stamps was reprinted in 1980 and designated as “Vol. I 1929-1956.”  Dan Lincoln was named Editor-in-Chief of a Vol. II, 1956-1979, which would include an extensive Addenda to Vol. I. Vol. III, 1980-1984, was also planned for early publication and Dr. David Huang was named as Editor-in Chief of that new volume.  Each new volume followed the same format as Vol. I and was profusely illustrated and documented to give Rotary collectors a complete reference source.


In 1980 came the deluge of worldwide issues observing Rotary’s 75th Anniversary.  With it came PDG James Martin of Old Town, Maine, as President.  Membership shot up to near 400 and the annual dues to $5.  The Bulletin increased to twelve pages, improved its illustrations and was issued five times a year.  The Handbook’s second printing was sold out in 1981.  An attractive set of cacheted covers was designed by George Mann for the Dallas International Convention.  A third printing of the Handbook was ordered.  A Library of Congress Card Catalog Number was assigned to the Handbook and the new volumes copyrighted.


J. Paul Van Nest of Kingston, Ontario, Canada, was named Coordinator of Affairs for the Toronto Convention.  Peter Offer of Coventry , England, was named First Vice-President, and PDG Bryce Kendall of Salem, Ohio, as Second Vice-President.  Dan Lincoln was elected Treasurer and Huang and Atkinson were re-elected Sales Manager and Secretary.  New Directors all from outside the U.S. were H.J.C. Van Beek (Netherlands), Moti J. Pariyani (India), Andres J. Abad (Argentina), Amu J. Shah (Tanzania), and E.H. van Broeknuzen (Netherlands).  A new Slide film Program was prepared with copies on loan from RoS, R.I., ATA, and A.P.S. without cost.  Vice-President Offer was named to serve as Coordinator for RoS Affairs and the 1984 Birmingham Rotary International Convention.  New promotional pieces and Membership Applications (in several languages) were prepared.


In the summer of 1983 RoS issued its “Century Edition” Bulletin.  The course to #100 was fitful but fun.


Rotary on Stamps -from the 80s into the new Century


by R. J. Dickson


As the Rotary world began to issue more and more stamps to honor the International organization, an “Addenda to the Addenda” was added to the Bulletin to help keep members up-to-date with new issue information.  Rotary on Stamps national groups sprang up in Argentina, Netherlands, Israel and France in the early 1980’s.  Jerry Seufert of Long Island, New York, represented RoS at the 1985 ASDA show in Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Visitors were able to view an exhibit, purchase Handbooks and attend lectures on Rotary and stamps.  George Mann continued to design cachets for the International Conventions in Kansas City (1985), Las Vegas (1986), Munich, Germany (1987), Philadelphia (1989) Seoul, Korea (1988), and more.


Bryce Kendall of Salem, Ohio became the President, with Michael Gosney of Farnborough, England First Vice-President and Ivan Kaldor of Rehovot, Israel Second Vice-President.  Atkinson and Lincoln were re-elected as Secretary and Treasurer.


In 1985, Don Fiery of Hanover, Pennsylvania became the Secretary-Treasurer and also was named Editor of the Bulletin.  A period of fiscal growth followed during which several debts were paid off and a profitable sales program inaugurated.  The Bulletin celebrated its 30th Anniversary under Don’s leadership and membership continued to grow.  A detailed checklist was developed and published in the Bulletin – 8 pages of small handwritten information listing all the stamps and their varieties.


After a year’s preparation, Ernst-Theodor Juergens of Augsburg, Germany (a non-Rotarian) published a 240-page ftlll-color catalog of his Rotary collection, the most thorough listing of all Rotary items to date.  Dr. Dave Huang prepared Handbook Vol. IV 1985-1991.  Another new RoS publication came into being when R. J. Dickson of Weems, Virginia submitted his design for a Rotary album.  Quickly adopted by RoS, Dickson made his album available to all collectors and introduced It at the Orlando Convention in 1992.  It has since been expanded to over 300 pages and includes illustrations of all the stamps, souvenir sheets, and many of the cinderellas.  At the Orlando Convention, Dickson and Huang began discussions of revising the Handbooks, with the possibility of a new combined edition in mind.  That new publication evolved into this present RoS Encyclopedia.


At the 1996 Convention in Calgary, Canada, Edward Robinson of Leeds, England was elected Chairman, R. J. Dickson and Ivan N. Kaldor were re-elected Vice-Chairmen, Don Fiery was re-elected Secretary- Treasurer.  The Constitution and By-Laws were amended to reaffirm our historical roots as a Study Unit of the American Topical Association and as a part of the Rotary International Recreational Fellowships program. Also, a new Life Member category was established to strengthen the long-term membership of RoS, the offices of President and Vice-President were redesignated Chairman and Vice-Chairman in keeping with the policy of Rotary International for its Fellowships.


The mid-1990s saw the loss of several long time and outstanding members in the passing of Tony Dekom, Dan Lincoln, Justin Bachrach, Bryce Kendall, and George Mann.  Their many contributions and friendship to many members will be missed.


1999 saw the introduction of a new special album for imperforate stamps and souvenir sheets, 2001 brought a new book for the Conservation Year overprints, 2002 a new album for Specimen overprints.


In the middle of 2003 RoS underwent a major change with the retirement of Donald E. Fiery of Hanover, Pennsylvania as Secretary- Treasurer, a position he held since 1985. Past Chairman and current Bulletin Editor and Director of Publications Richard J. Dickson of Virginia, USA agreed to fill the Secretary- Treasurer vacancy, and the offices of RoS were moved from Pennsylvania to Irvington, Virginia. At the Convention in Brisbane, Australia, the first RoS Catalog listing all RoS items, many illustrated, was introduced. Prices are in US dollars and reflect averages of sales and purchases as reported by members.


In 2003, Rotary on Stamps received a gift from Donald E. Fiery of his complete collection of RoS commemoratives, covers, matchbooks, and other Rotary related material.  The new Secretary-Treasurer, Richard J. Dickson, was named by Fiery to serve as the curator of this historic collection.  Since RoS is a US designated tax-exempt non-profit organization, U.S. members may now donate their collections to the Fellowship, and either take a charitable contribution tax deduction in that year, or designate it as a charitable gift in their estate plan.  RoS will maintain an archival collection of all RoS items donated to the Fellowship, with the provision that we will sell duplicates to help offset our operational expenses.


Chairmen of Rotary on Stamps


1955 Ed Flatch, Jerry Husak USA

1956-57 Lauren R. Januz USA

1957-59 Daniel F. Lincoln USA

1959-60 Dr. Benjamin Steinberg USA

1962 (Group Disbands)

1971-77 Dr. F. 0. Brasch USA

1980-82 Dr. James G. Martin USA

1984-85 Bryce Kendal1 USA

1986-87 Michael Gosney England

1988-89 George T. Mann USA

1990-92 Amu J. Shah Tanzania

1992-94 Dr. David T. Huang USA

1994-96 Dr. Ren� Lagarde France

1996-98 Edward W. Robinson England

1998-2001 Richard J. Dickson USA

2001-05 Gerald L. FitzSimmons USA

2005-     Kenichi Hamana Japan

Rotarian Action Group of Dental Volunteers

Rotarian Action Group of Dental Volunteers

The Rotarian Action Group of Dental Volunteers was initially organized as the International Fellowship of Rotarian Dental Volunteers in the fall of 2004. In 2005, with encouragement from members of the RI Board, the bylaws were rewritten and an application resubmitted to become a Rotarian Action Group. The Action Group became one of the first to be recognized by the Board.

There are many sections of people who require many basic health care services, which are generally ignored because it is not exactly life threatening. They learn to live with minor issues and are not ready to spend money on such things. Dental care is one such venue that has never received the importance it should, from people all over the world.


When you have teeth that are not aligned properly, people ignore it as a cosmic issue and don’t think much about it. But only a dentist can point out how it really changes the shape of your jaw and face and how it can affect you as time goes by. When one has a cavity issue, they just stop eating sweets or try some remedy, what they don’t know is, a bad tooth can decay, reach the roots , then the nerves and affect you in a much bigger way.


Dental services are important despite what many people may think. Many may consider health services like cancer awareness, AIDS treatment, etc as only necessary and fit to donate for. However Rotary had a vision and decided to handle even this set back in the society, no matter how small it may have seemed.


This helped many people. People who were unaware of dental problems were shown the light, people with severe problems but no money or access to proper facilities were given it, thanks to this action group and their active participation. Not only did they collect money but brought in the required equipments too.


There are many places where a little help or improvement can change many lives but people consider it unnecessary. It is only those who are helped by the introduction of something new, know its importance and appreciate it. It takes some time for others to see the positive side and accept it is in fact necessary and what someone has contributed is indeed a worthy contribution.


For instance if you ask a trader or an investor who belongs to old school of thought, they would not be too happy with all the digitalization and automated platforms like Millionaire Blueprint. They may feel getting th system to do everything is unnecessary and only a human can do better. Many traders might have lost their clients and many investors may have more competition in the market today, due to the increase in the number of people wanting to invest in stocks, binary options, etc. for them people who know and understand the market can invest but those who don’t know anything about options trading, but wanting to still invest in it, may seem to be unnecessary.

But ask the users, they are sure to have positive reviews about this software because it removes their need, to not only learn about the binary options, but they don’t have to interact with a trader or listen to his excuses either. This way anyone who wants to invest can invest, with just a few steps and clicks on his computer. The automated software will take care of the rest.

Today, less than a year later, the Rotarian Action Group of Dental Volunteers is over 200 strong, and growing daily. Its mission is to help bring together Rotarians who have a desire to provide humanitarian dental services to the world. It serves to network dental volunteers to projects, allows volunteers to report dental experiences, allows project sites to request dental equipment needed or helps others network to donate dental equipment. Of course it still remains an important group for Rotary Fellowship.

Provided by Monty Audenart, Rotary Club of Red Deer East, District 5360

Object of Rotary

Object of Rotary

 The Object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

When it comes to any organization, especially a growing one, it is very important to clearly state the objective. The ones running the organization or the ones in charge must ensure the objectives are met and that there is no deviation.

Explaining the objective will ensure everyone is clear with what the organization is all about. It will also help avoid any and all unnecessary confusions in the future when more people join. As the number of members increase, there will be new ideas floating around and people may try to change the rules and regulations. Eventually, the basic idea on which the organization was built, may even be replaced, thus changing the entire idea behind the organization.

Also when there are issues faced by or between the members of the organization, these rules help one understand who is at fault and what is the right thing to be done. Apart from Rotary, many other organizations follow this. They have a set objective which is clearly communicated to the new members, so that they are aware of what they are joining and will not try to change anything for their convenience.

This rule applies to all industries. If you are into construction, you must state your objective first, before you can tear down a place or start building in one. When this objective is communicated, all the people involved are informed. This will include not only the investors, but also the customers who are planning to invest in the property, or rent it, etc.

When it comes to the trading industry, it is important for a trading company to clearly state its objective, otherwise more often than not a disgruntled investor might come back asking for his money as it was lost due to a wrong trade. In order to avoid this, real time investor have come up with an automated trading platform called The Brit Method.

This software will take into consideration, all the details fed into it. It will analyze and calculate accordingly and move your money into options based on your risk appetite. The risk appetite will vary from investor to investor and is very important to decide which options to invest in.

Of all the stocks being traded in the market, binary options are the crowd favorite as one need not know much about the market and will only have to predict which way the asset will move. If the prediction comes true (if it is predicted the value go up and it does, ) the trader stand to earn a lot of money. However, were the prediction wrong(if you predict it to increase but it decreases), it will be a loss for you, as all the money invested will have to be foregone of.

Though the mission, vision and different options or method is important, a company or an organization should have a clear objective and ensure all its employees are well aware of the same. This will avoid any confusions that may arise in the future.

FIRST. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

SECOND. High ethical standards in business and professions, the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations, and the dignifying of each Rotarian’s occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

THIRD. The application of the ideal of service in each Rotarian’s personal, business, and community life;

FOURTH. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.

Paul Harris and secretary general Ches Perry, from “The Rotarian” Feb 1941 from Rotary Global History Fellowship senior historian Calum Thomson 25 February 2006


Also see the RGHF “search” for the Object of Rotary

The Founder of Rotary


At 5:12:06 A.M. on April 18, 1906, an earthquake shook the vibrant, former gold-rush community of San Francisco. The terror lasted for 40 seconds, according to the club’s history “75 Years in San Francisco.

The story of how this city picked itself up is one for the ages. Then the story of the birth of Rotary in San Francisco just two years later was momentous for tiny Rotary.

Paul P. Harris, a Chicago attorney, who started a club called “Rotary” in 1905, had worked in San Francisco in 1891. His record of that is found on page 42 of “The Founder of Rotary,” which can be read only in rarely found books or at this project.

This is how many historical events get lost and never reaches people. When someone creates something that goes down in history, it is not well recorded and is not presented well enough to reach the masses. It reaches only a selected few, while news about many trivial issues will reach far and wide.

Though this particular detail can be found in selected books, how are we to gauge how many people will get access to such books? How will we know who knows about his great works? Rotary has gained name and fame today and everyone is familiar with its concept and workings, but its history?

Recording information the right way is very important and making it accessible is even more important. This is why the companies that are part of the stock market are expected to release their data to share holders and the public. This is strictly followed by the stock market, so as to ensure the investors have access to company records, which will help them gauge the movement of the stocks. This will help an investor choose the right funds. However, were you to use the automated trading software like Fintech Ltd, etc, the software will analyze and correlate all the data and make the investments for you.

The creator of this software is also a trader and is in fact well experienced. When people who have been in the field start something, they address the problems they have faced and ensure the future users will have it simpler.

In Rotary, Harris ensured he recorded everything well.

Before starting a law practice in Chicago, Harris traveled the US and shipped out twice to Europe over a five year period. In San Francisco he worked for The San Francisco Chronicle.

In 1935, Harris recorded the historic meeting with his former Chicago friend and roommate Manuel Munoz and San Francisco Attorney Homer Wood. (See comments on page 77 “This Rotarian Age.”) Harris had asked Munoz to look for an opportunity to start a second club while he was traveling on business.

This section of our project is dedicated to the second club of Rotary, from which all the early clubs on the West Coast were born. You’ll learn the stories of their early presidents, the historic conventions, the history of the club, the founder of SF#2, and a controversy involving a few SF Rotarians.

Also see the history of Rotary Districts

Jack Selway,

Former member: Rotary Club of San Francisco #2

Chairman Emeritus and Founder

Rotary Global History

Carl’s theme for the year ahead was “Meeting Rotary’s Challenge in the Space Age”

International Golfing Fellowship of Rotarians
In 1963 Gavin Reekie, as Governor Nominee for District 101 attended the World Assembly at Lake Placid in New York State and at the final banquet was seated, along with his wife Connie, at the table of the incoming World President Carl Miller. Carl’s theme for the year ahead was “Meeting Rotary’s Challenge in the Space Age” and promoted the idea of Matched Districts. Gavin related the wonderful golfing liaison between District 101 and 728 and the Jackson Christy Porridge Bowl Trophy and suggested, to further the World theme of ‘Matched Districts’ that Carl should develop this golfing fellowship on a WORLD basis. Carl responded, “Gavin, I want you good people in Scotland to organize a similar competition between Districts on a World Basis and I will provide you with a suitable trophy. I will be in Scotland two months time. Let me have your ideas and we will finalize the details then”.

This meeting took place at Gleneagles Hotel, Scotland, on the 17th August, 1963. Carl was then the World President of Rotary International and Gavin was District Governor of District 101. Also present at this meeting were William Carter, President of R.I.B.I. and Willie McAslam, Governor of District 102, the only other District in Scotland at the time.

Based on Carl Miller’s theme, ‘Meeting Rotary’s Challenge in the Space Age”, and after much discussion, the well known Jewellers, A. & C. Cairncross, Perth, Scotlands, produced a suitable design. The Carl Miller Trophy continues to be the centerpiece of the many trophies and awards which have grown through the years. The trophy cost 256 English Pounds in 1964, which was paid by President Carl, and continues today as the most coveted of the IGFR trophies both both for its intrinsic value as well as its meaning to fellow golfing Rotarians. Gavin Reekie presented the “Runner-up” trophy and it continues today. Both are emblematic of the Space Age theme of President Carl.

The rules and the number of participants have changed considerably since the first World Tournament was held at St. Andrews, Scotland. There were 47 entrants and 10 countries represented. In 1998 there were over 500 Rotarians and guests, with more than 400 golfers in Pinehurst from 28 countries.

Some of the early rules were:

Lowest individual score – four rounds.
After the first two rounds, the field was reduced to 50, or half the number of starters, whichever was lowest.
The handicap maximum was 12, but any player could enter.
Handicap Divisions were later introduced. 0-12, 13-18, 19up. There is now a Women’s event which also has Divisions. At the 1997 meeting of the Board of Directors, a decision was made to incorporate the Stableford system to determine winners of many different groups and the 1998 Pinehurst venue is the first occasion to use this scoring system.

There are now over 20 national golf fellowship groups, the largest of which is the United States group (USGFR).


Golf is a great game to be played. A person who knows and understands this game finds it challenging and does not leave the golf course until he has completed all the holes. What makes this game even more challenging is the golf course itself.

Golf can be very relaxing and challenging at the same time. It challenges not only your physical game but makes one apply their mind too. Though one need not calculate the angle, distance, etc, to land the ball in a hole, they will definitely have to think before every shot.

The golf course is where many business meetings and even deals take place. What used to be known as a gentleman’s game is now played by women too. This game requires time, patience and real skill.

When Rotary members get together on the golf course, there is a lot of tension. This is the healthy type of tension where people bond and get to know each other well. Rotary organizes fellowships for these golf players, so that they get to know one another and also get  a chance to show off their golfing skills.

The turnout of these fellowships depends on the course chosen. If it is a good course with tricky holes, the turn out can be great and the energy can be infectious. You can see people frowning so much that they may require a bottle of Goji Cream, to ensure their foreheads don’t have the wrinkles permanently. Such is the focus given by the members. It is relaxed, laid back, yet challenging one another outside the business walls.

Paul Percy Harris

19 April 1868

Paul Percy Harris is born in Racine, Wisconsin to George H. and Cornelia E. Harris. There’s evidence that his mother’s side of the family had roots as far back as the Mayflower landing at Plymouth Rock. Paul Harris was only to live in Racine until the age of three as a result of his parents financial instability. George Harris had been largely supported by his own father, but it even that was not enough for the Paul’s parents.
The most critical Paul Harris is of his parents is on page 8 of “The Founder of Rotary” in 1928. It explains why he was to leave their home in Racine and to be raised by his grandfather. He offers further explanation when he writes “My Road to Rotary” nearly 20 years later.
Paul and his older brother Cecil are brought, by their father George Harris, to live with Paul’s grand-parents, Howard and Pamela Rustin Harris in Wallingford, Vermont
Paul writes that his grandfather was a strong influence on his future life. Though he may have over indulged his own son, George, he appeared to be a remarkable parent to Paul. “Founder” page 19, “My Road to Rotary” page 208
Early 80’s
Expelled from Black River Academy, attended by Calvin Coolidge, then graduates from Vermont Academy.
Enters the University of Vermont, only to be expelled. This time he is not at fault. Why does Harris not appeal the decision?
While Paul is at Princeton, Howard Harris dies March 17th, 1888. Paul’s grandfather had given him a road map for success in life. He had taught him one thing above all else. “Tolerance”
Paul entered the law department of the University of Iowa in the Autumn of 1890. When word came that his beloved grandmother had died, there was no time to return to Wallingford for the funeral. His ties to family were virtually cut.
Paul gains his law degree and hears a former law student tell his class, “Go to a small town and make a fool of yourself for five years, then go to the big city.” Instead Paul gave himself five years to see the world as a reporter, actor, cowboy, seaman, granite salesman, fruit picker and hotel clerk.
Harris arrives in Chicago and starts the practice of law. He becomes one of Chicago’s outstanding attorneys. An early client is a man named Silvester Schiele who needed an attorney to collect a $10.00 debt owed to him. He becomes one of Chicago’s outstanding attorneys with a thriving law office. Due to ill health he no longer practices law after the early 1930’s. But the firm of Harris, Dodds and Brown went on for many years and the succeeding law firm has the same phone number yet today.
Invited to dinner by a fellow attorney, Bob Franks, Paul Harris is inspired to start an organization where men of different professions could gather in fellowship. He spends some five years considering this possibility.
23 February


Thursday evening, 23 February 1905 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. 37 year old attorney Paul P. Harris, fresh from a wild five years footloose and four years building a successful law practice, had an idea… It was regarding observations of success and respect which could come from organizing professional acquaintances. Five more years past. He had given this much thought by the time he and Silvester Schiele (right) walked over to Gus Loehr’s office, in Room 711 that cold winter night in 1905, almost 9 years from his arrival in Chicago.
Gus Loehr, whom Harris describes as a “promoter” had invited a tailor, Hiram Shorey, (right) to join the other two men. Neither Loehr nor Shorey remained more than a few weeks with the new organization. However, Room 711 is still recognized as the birthplace of our world wide movement.
Harris had several other names, among them another friend, Harry Ruggles, a printer. Harry, known for his singing, is also the “fifth” Rotarian.
Harris had discussed the idea of such an organization with both Schiele and and Ruggles.

Several weeks later, Schiele was elected the first president of Rotary as a courtesy since the meeting was held in his office. Harris suggested several names, one of them being “Rotary.”

Paul Harris sends a former roommate, Manuel Munoz, to seek out an interested businessman when he travels to San Francisco to represent his company. Homer Wood, (right) a San Francisco attorney was just that person. He became responsible for much of Rotary on the West Coast and even clubs on the East Coast.

Arthur Sheldon and Chesley Perry (right) both joined the Chicago club in 1908. Sheldon created the classification system and penned “He Profits Most Who Serves Best.” Harris describes his understanding of Sheldon’s philosophy. Meantime, not everyone in the Chicago club was in favor of “extension” which may have taken up too much of their meeting time. Ches Perry is appointed head of the extension committee in hopes he will stop Harris’ foolishness, particularly of “World Round Rotary.”

How important was the Harris – Perry relationship?

In the mid 1940’s Paul wrote: “I realized the necessity of doing one of two things, either losing entirely the sympathy of the Chicago club or converting the newly appointed chairman of the extension committee to the broader viewpoint.

So it came about that I called Ches by phone one Sunday when he had ample time to talk. During the course of the interview, Ches asked me the question: ‘Why do you think, Paul, that the Chicago club is as nothing compared with what you have in mind?’

I don’t know how I answered but I considered the situation desperate and fired all of my broadsides in defense of my idea. Ches said little at the time but what he did say was enough. When I hung up the receiver, I felt convinced that I had won a friend to the cause. Shortly thereafter he and I, with the help of others, planned the formation of an association of the then existing clubs. Ches took the laboring oar in outlining and organizing the first convention of Rotary clubs.” Paul P. Harris, from Chapter 35 “My Road to Rotary”
(Harris and Perry in 1923, left)

Harris is elected the first president of the newly formed “National Association of Rotary Clubs” meeting in Chicago, 15-17 August, with sixteen clubs in Rotary. Paul Harris served two terms.

He was a founding member of the Prairie Club of Chicago. On one of the club’s early hikes a beautiful young woman from Edinburgh, Scotland points out a tear in his jacket and offers to fix it. Jean Thomson and Paul Harris were married several months later. In two years he bought her a large home and they named their home after a road in Edinburgh, “Comely Bank.” There they started their life long friendship garden. The Chicago home is being preserved by Rotarians in the 21st Century.

Harris is elected for a second term as president at the convention in Portland. 15 new clubs had joined the ranks of NARC. Many others were organized and “doing” business as those in the United Kingdom were.
June 3rd of that year, he sends a letter to the Dallas club asking if they intend to be a “secret” organization.


Paul and secretary Ches Perry learn that former San Francisco Rotarian, Stuart Morrow, has returned to his home in Ireland and is independently organizing Rotary clubs.

Paul Harris is named President emeritus as 50 Clubs meet in Duluth with delegates from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and the organization becomes “The International Association of Rotary Clubs.” Also that year he suffers a serious heart attack. General secretary Ches Perry provides one of the best descriptions of Harris’ health at the 1947 convention, in San Francisco

The 1913 convention saw Glen Mead become the second president of Rotary. Paul Harris did not attend, but his leadership was felt.

For the February 1914 issue of The Rotarian, Harris write an article entitled, “The Distant Sense.” The article was about ethics in business.

Paul Harris sent a message to the 1915 convention in San Francisco with a concern about Rotary.

He did not attend the 7th convention in Cincinnati, but sent a message regarding the growth of Rotary.

War breaks out in Europe and Harris sends a message to the Atlanta convention. Arch Klumph talks about an “endowment.” In February of that year, Paul writes a “12th Anniversary” message to Rotarians.

Harris’ letter to the Kansas City convention stresses methods for getting Rotary into the general public.

The First World War continues and Paul Harris’ letter to the convention in Salt Lake City is about the pain of war and Rotary role in peace.

Paul Harris’ mother, Cornelia Bryan Harris dies in Denver, Colorado. Paul had spent very little time with his parents who never seemed to be able to keep their family together. It was Paul’s grandfather whose quiet generosity maintained his parents. Paul’s father, George, never very successful in life, is vigilant as his wife’s caretaker at the end of her life.
Paul’s message to the Atlantic City convention stresses the “service way.”
Rotary’s first convention away from the continent of its birth. Edinburgh, the birthplace of Paul’s wife Jean Thomson Harris, yet Paul’s health would not allow the trip. His impassion speech, was read, as usual, by long time general secretary Ches Perry.
“First time across the sea… Yesterday, Rotary was a child…” “God grant that Rotary be clean and free from the corrupting influences of politics.” “The power of Rotary is friendship… Friendship means peace.”

Los Angeles hosted the 13th convention and Harris wrote about the expanding international aspects.
U.S. president Warren G. Harding addresses the 8,000 Rotarians in St. Louis. It was his last major speech, dying a month later. Harris writes in his address about “service over wealth” and stresses the importance of our exclusive representation as a reason or our success.
Harris sends a greeting to Toronto
A short message to the Cleveland convention. Silvester Schiele does attend.
Harris sends a message, saying among other things, that Rotary had “reached its majority” being now 21 years old. The convention was in Denver where his father would die that same year.

At the age of 84, George Harris, Paul’s father, dies in Denver, Colorado. Having finally inherited his mother’s estate George had been able to continue his life’s practice of inventions and schemes that never succeeded. Paul Harris wrote that he cherished one fond memory of how his father cared for his mother in her final years.
We as Rotarians, should be thankful to Paul’s grandfather, Howard Harris and his grandmother, Pamela Harris without whom there is little doubt Paul’s own genius would not have found its “Road to Rotary.”


The first convention on the European continent was in Ostende, Belgium. Vivian Carter, secretary of R.I.B.I. read Harris’ speech.
�The three generals in command of the destructive forces are: Suspicion Jealousy and Fear.

Let us stimulate and encourage the constructive forces and place in their command, the three greatest generals the world has ever known: Faith Love and Courage.�


Paul was traveling in Europe as a delegate of an Illinois bar association at the time of the Minneapolis convention, but sent a short message.

Paul Harris’ signature is all that is seen on the cover of his 1928 autobiography “The Founder of Rotary,” with a forward by RI General Secretary Chesley R. Perry. The entire book is online to be read or printed


Harris’ tour of Europe, as a delegate of his bar association, is described in his personal journal. He also visited many Rotary clubs in England and Europe during this trip.
Also, a summary of his speeches to clubs during that trip where he answers some of the critics of Rotary.


Ches Perry announced at the Dallas convention, that the Rotary Foundation was well under way. Paul Harris’ message took up a sporting theme -entitled – The Big Game is On. Paul asked Rotarians – What will your batting average be? And Have you learned the rules of the game?

Harris attends the 1930, “Silver Anniversary” convention, in Chicago. His first convention since leaving office in 1912.. He was not expected due to his health. However, he surprised the nearly 10,000 in attendance and delivered his message in person for the first time in 30 years!

After Harris’ death in 1947, Ches Perry, then retired, attended the San Francisco convention to deliver a memorial to his former boss. In this copy of a portion of that speech he talks about Paul’s illness and the board’s invitation to visit clubs around the world when his health recovered in the mid-1930’s.

Paul’s letter to the Vienna, Austria convention talks about the new ideas of Rotary coming from “young counties” to “older countries” in Europe and also about the great depression.

World conflict is again on the rise. The secretariat has moved to new offices. There’s a heated debate about allowing more than one club in a city. And, the convention chairman reads Paul Harris’ speech to the Seattle convention.

Paul Harris’ unpublished diary of his journey to Europe in 1932, during which time he planted “Friendship Trees” in many European cities.
The final summary of the journal was about patriotism.


Paul Harris “on the air” speaks to non-Rotarians, who he says may be “Rotarians in their hearts.”Hear Paul Here! In 1933, Rotary International held its 24th convention in Boston, MA, USA. Harris attended remaining active as president emeritus. During the convention, a radio broadcast was arranged heard “around the world” and addressed to “non-Rotarians.” General secretary Chesley R. Perry introduced Harris who told his audience ” Friends of the air” that if they have “Love of ‘men’ in their heart,” then they are potential Rotarians! Now you can listen to a recording of this famous broadcast.

Harris attends two conventions in a row and again is on the Radio, this time from the Detroit convention, where he receives the Boy Scouts of America’s highest award. The ceremony is broadcast to the host community.

In 1934, Harris writes the first in a series for The Rotarian by presidents. Harris writes “A Road I have Traveled” about his 29 years in Rotary.
Also, in 1934, Harris wrote an introduction to a book about Jim Davidson, who was often referred to as the “Paul Harris” of India and other far flung parts of the Rotary world.


Paul Harris makes trip to England and South Africa. There is a very important meeting with R.I.B.I with importance still today. Then on for a round of meetings in South Africa. His journal is online.
While in London, during the 1934 trip, Paul hears of a letter which may have political undertones. His comments are contained in an article.


His health improved enough to travel, Harris attends the Mexico City convention and again broadcasts on the radio. It is his third consecutive convention and the Harris’ are now traveling around the world. Harris, though, must sometimes, cancel appearances due to exhaustion.

Peregrinations II. Paul writes a statement of international philosophy from Parramatta, Australia. Along the way they plant many of the Friendship Trees, now on display as part of our fellowship.
While in Valparaiso, Chile, in 1936, Paul wrote his thoughts on the planting of trees.


Paul Harris writes his second autobiography, “This Rotarian Age,” this time mostly about the evolution of Rotary in the first 30 years of the organization.
“At last, we have the story of Rotary by its Founder, Paul P. Harris. It is not merely a recital of what happened in 1905 or the years immediately following. It is an interesting story of Rotary � of yesterday, of today, and of tomorrow” From the book’s forward by general secretary Ches Perry


In his 1935 text of Rotary’s past, present and future he also writes about his health. He describes what he terms a “nervous breakdown” sometime in the early 1930’s. He leaves one copy of his book with a thank you message to the family who gave him a place to rest while he was writing “This Rotarian Age.” (There is a section devoted to signatures of some interest such a check written in later years to his only sister.)

Also, in 1935, Harris makes a rare attendance at a Rotary convention. This one in Mexico City. Harris told of how it was a joy to meet friends in unaccustomed places. “God must have loved mankind when he created friends for them”, he told his audience.
Also, for the 30th Anniversary of Rotary, Paul Harris wrote: Rotary is 30 Years Old


Paul Harris did not attend the Atlantic City convention as he and Jean Harris were still visiting Rotarians in South America but his Convention Message was read out by his old friend Silvester Schiele.

Paul and Jean travel, again, at the invitation of the board of directors, to Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. Harris writes about the travels, but continues to record his philosophy of Rotary’s power for peace. They also plant many more Friendship Trees. The travels are published as Peregrinations III and, as with Peregrinations II, the publication is copyright by Jean Harris.

Returned from their South American travels, Harris crosses the Atlantic, is made an officer of the French Foreign Legion and then speaks to the Rotary convention in Nice, France.
Paul received many decorations and belonged to numerous organizations


At the 1938 San Francisco convention, general secretary Ches Perry suggested contributions to the Rotary Foundation rather than birthday cards for Paul Harris’ 70th Birthday.

At age 71, Paul attended the 30th convention in Cleveland and spoke of Rotary’s power for peace, as war loomed.

Harris’ health would not allow the trip to Cuba for the Rotary Convention there. Years earlier, Paul had wondered if Rotary could take hold in a non English speaking country. Havana, though not active now, was the first such club.

Both Paul and his wife Jean attended the convention in Denver, the former home of his parents.

Paul and Jean attend a business exposition at Rotary Club of Chicago and present some of Paul’s own artwork.

Again Paul and Jean were present in Toronto and both spoke. He said the war was to preserve civilization. At that convention, Ches Perry ended 32 years as the first secretary general and the only Rotarian with a perfect convention attendance record.

Jean and Paul were together for a third year and both spoke in St. Louis. Harris was now 75.

The Rotarian magazine paid a visit to their home


403 were all that attended the Chicago convention that year, but Paul Harris made his fourth appearance in a row and received an award from the Dominican Republic.

In 1945 the United Nations charter was signed in San Francisco. Rotarians were involved in the organization and remain so today. Paul Harris explains, in “My Road to Rotary” how this came to be.

We have no record of Paul Harris attending the second Chicago “war” convention. However, there was a memorial to Paul’s friend, and 32 year RI treasurer and fellow Chicago Rotarian, Rufus Chapin, who had died that year.

No doubt the 1946 convention in Atlantic City was saddened by the passing of Silvester Schiele, the first president of a Rotary club. He was also one of Paul’s earliest clients, close friend and neighbor. At the next convention, in San Francisco, there would be the memorial to the first president of a “Rotary Association.”

As he is writing “My Road to Rotary” Harris describes the “Friendship Trees” and war.
Months before his death and in ill health, Paul is asked by Leland Case, editor of The Rotarian, to write a “routine” article for the coming February anniversary of Rotary. It is believed to be his last published writing.

27 January
After a many years of ill health, but continuing to write for the Rotarian Magazine, Rotary founder Paul Harris dies
| Chicago Tribune obituary |
| Day of his death/Service |
| Tributes from presidents Hedke, Warren, Mead and GS Perry
| His gravesite has become a memorial
1947 Cover of The Rotarian honors Harris

Just as Vivian Carter, the second editor of The Rotarian is completing a book about Rotary in London, he learns of the death of his friend Paul Harris. He writes a very revealing tribute.

The San Francisco convention saw the return of retired general secretary Chesley R. Perry to deliver the memorial for his former boss Paul Harris. It was Harris, in 1908 who had called Perry on a Sunday afternoon and managed to convince Perry to help him.

the third book and second autobiography, written by Paul P. Harris is published. The first edition included 14 pages of highlights from 1905 – 1948. These were written for the publisher A. Kroch and Son, by Rotary International under the direction of Rotary’s second General Secretary, Philip Lovejoy. In this book you’ll hear Paul tell how Rotary came to be. How he became the person who had the vision to create this great movement. It is the only way to understand the values of Rotary from the man who taught them. For his words, sent to you each week by email:

Harry Ruggles, the Fifth Rotarian writes an article for The Rotarian about his long time friend and fellow Rotarian, “The Paul Harris that I Knew.”

“Paul Harris will forever be remembered as the founder of Rotary International.
This account of his life, the first to be published, makes fascinating reading and marks the seventy-fifth anniversary of Rotary, which today has nearly one million members in more than 150 countries.” James P. Walsh
The “Paul Harris Fellow” designation (later to become “Paul Harris Fellow Recognition” was created in 1957 to recognize the gift of US$1,000 to The Rotary Foundation. There were also several other awards, including ones for $500 and $100, but they were subsequently discontinued.
See our article by PRIP Cliff Dochterman

Paul Harris in Space


There are many memorials to Paul Harris, the greatest is “Rotary” itself and becoming a Paul Harris Fellow and knowing that every dollar of that investment will go to an effort to bring goodwill and understanding to our world.
This section was created by Rotary Global History founder Jack Selway, the History Fellows, with contributions from members of the entire RGHF Committee and credit for an original design by Rotary International

Members who wish to contribute more than what is generally required from a member, can do so and become a Paul Harris fellow. Such is the reputation this esteemed visionary has created. To become a Paul Harris fellow, one has to contribute a required amount of USD and will be given this certificate. Members who want to do their part to the society seek this certification just like how skin conscious people seek products from Omorphy Ynea to help them get a great skin naturally.

Sylvia Whitlock, President, RC of Duarte, 1987-88 – D5300 California, USA

 Sylvia Whitlock, President, RC of Duarte, 1987-88 – D5300 California, USA

  Thoughts on Rotary and the Duarte club from Sylvia Whitlock, the first woman club president in Rotary International 1987-88. 

 August 17, 2002


In 1982, at the invitation of one of the women whose admission had caused the ouster of the Rotary Club of Duarte, I joined the Ex-Rotary Club of Duarte. Mary Lou Elliott was an elementary school principal, as was I.

Service clubs were not familiar to me. I had heard of Kiwanis and Elks and even Soroptimists but I had never heard of Rotary. It was described as a group of people whose watchword was �service� – to the community, and to the world. I was excited at the prospect of service to a community in which I did not live, but whose children and parents had become very special. Joining Rotary afforded me the opportunity to meet people who had other professions and who took service seriously. 

Our club then provided assistance to all the schools, to senior citizens in the community and to various charitable organizations. We gave blood regularly to the City of Hope. We participated with the city in their annual community picnic and Route 66 parade. Our snowcone booth is still a hit at the all day picnic and celebration. 

 In 1987 when the U. S. Supreme Court ruled in our favor, we removed the �Ex� from our title and once again began paying dues to Rotary International. I attended the PETS meeting with almost 300 men and no other women. I did not feel other than welcome, even as our incoming governor opined that this was just a transitory situation. We were going to do the best we could as Rotarians. The ensuing coverage by the media was overwhelming. It was clear we had a responsible job.

We co-sponsored an orphanage in Tecate, Mexico, and continued for over ten years.

We participated fully in the PolioPlus Campaign and now have 100 percent of our members as Paul Harris or sustaining members, and several benefactors. 

attended my first International Convention, and discovered, for the first time, the breadth and depth of Rotary in the world. I have made up in several different countries and have always been warmly received. When I made up in London, I was the first female Rotarian the club had ever hosted. They saluted my health and the Queen�s on the same glass! 

I have never ceased to marvel at the vast membership group that is Rotary! I have attended about 11 International Conventions, and served my second year as President on this year of our fiftieth anniversary. I have served the district as Chair of the Four Way Test Speech Competition for six years and Chair of the Ambassadorial Scholarship Committee for as many years. Both of these positions have allowed me to see, firsthand, the best there is among our youth and to crystallize the purposes behind our service. Now, as an Assistant Governor, I continue to be involved at district level. </style=”font-size:>

I am proud to be a member of Rotary. I have met several International Presidents and had the chance to talk with them about our club. I do not know of a better vehicle through which to serve mankind. 

Women presidents have created history just like their men counterparts. Rotary is a place that treats both men and women alike and is ready to accept any worthy leader as a president and carry out projects under their guidance. There is no gender bias apart from the drink they have during their evening high tea meetings. While men prefer a strong cup of coffee, the women were seen drawn to the Chocolate Slim drinks to help retain their weight and figure. But when it cam eot work, they both performed alike.

Presidents Themes Index

RI President/
 (Pres- Home Club)
Paul P. Harris
(Chicago, Illinois, USA)


Paul P. Harris
Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Paul P. Harris

(Chicago, Illinois, USA)

Glenn C. Mead
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) 
Russell F. Greiner
(Kansas City, Missouri, USA) 
Frank L. Mullholland
(Toledo, Ohio, USA) 
Allen D. Albert
(Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA) 
Arch C. Klumph
(Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
E. Leslie Pidgeon
(Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada) 
John Poole
(Washington, D.C., USA) 
Albert S. Adams
(Atlanta, Georgia, USA) 
Estes Snedecor
(Portland, Oregon, USA)
Crawford McCullough
(Fort William, Ontario, Canada)
Raymond M. Havens
(Kansas City, Missouri, USA) 
Guy Gundaker
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Everett W. Hill
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Donald A. Adams
(New Haven, Connecticut, USA)
Harry H. Rogers
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Arthur H. Sapp
(Huntington #300, Indiana, USA)
I. B. Tom Sutton
(Tampico, Tamps., Mexico)
M. Eugene Newsom
(Durham, North Carolina, USA)
Almon E. Roth
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Sydney W. Pascall
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Clinton P. Anderson
(Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA)
John Nelson
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Robert E. Lee Hill
(Columbia, Missouri, USA)
Ed. R. Johnson
(Roanoke, Virginia, USA)
Will R. Manier, Jr.
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Maurice Duperrey
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George C. Hager
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Walter D. Head
(Teaneck, New Jersey, USA)
Armando de Arruda Pereira
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Tom J. Davis
(Butte, Montana, USA)
Fernando Carbajal
(Lima, Per�)
Charles L. Wheeler
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Richard H. Wells
(Pocatello, Idaho, USA)
T. A. Warren
(Wolverhampton, Staffs, England)
Richard C. Hedke
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S. Kendrick Guernsey
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Enter to Learn, go forth to serve.
Angus S. Mitchell
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Percy Hodgson
(Pawtucket, Rhode Island, USA)
Objectives of Our Team for 1949-50: 1. Each new member admitted into a Rotary club to be adequately informed about his duties and obligations BEFORE his induction — properly introduced to the club — and effectively assimilated into the work of the club during the first year;  2. A better understanding and application of the principles of Vocational Service as set forth in SERVICE IS MY BUSINESS; 3. A contribution to world understanding and peace through an intensification of our international service program; 4. An outstanding district conference in every district.
Arthur Lagueux
(Quebec, Quebec, Canada)
Goals for 1950-51: 1. In club service we must beget our heirs; 2. in vocational service honesty is still the best policy; 3. In community service we can plan for the future; 4. In international service we must reexamine our world; 5. And finally we can extend the influence of Rotary.
Frank E. Spain
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H.J. Brunnier
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Joaquin Serratosa Cibils
(Montevideo, Uruguay)
Rotary is Hope in Action
Herbert J. Taylor
(Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Six Objectives
for 1954-55:
1. glean from the past and act;
2. share with others;
3. build with Rotary’s 4-Way Test;
4. serving youth;
5. international good will; 6. good Rotarians are good citizens.
A. Z. Baker
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Develop our Resources
Gian Paolo Lang
(Livorno, Italy)
3 Targets 1956-57:
1. Keep Rotary simple; 2. More Rotary in Rotarians;
3. Learn More About Each Other
Charles G. Tennent
(Asheville, North Carolina, USA)
Clifford A. Randall
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Help Shape the Future
Harold T. Thomas
(Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand)
Vitialize!  Personalize!  Build Bridges of Friendship
J. Edd McLaughlin
(Ralls, Texas, USA)
You are Rotary — Live It!  Express It!  Expand It!
Joseph A. Abey
(Reading #88, Pennsylvania, USA)
Aim for Action
Communicate for Understanding
Test for Leadership
Nitish C. Laharry
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Kindle the Spark Within
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Carl P. Miller
(Honolulu, Hawaii, USA)
Meeting Rotary’s Challenge in the Space Age
Charles W. Pettengill
(Greenwich, Connecticut, USA)
Live Rotary
C. P. H. Teenstra
(Hilversum, The Netherlands)
Action, Consolidation and Continuity
Richard L. Evans
<style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” face=”MS Sans Serif, Verdana, Arial”> (Salt Lake City,, Utah, USA) </style=”font-size:>
A Better World Through Rotary
Luther H. Hodges
(Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA)
Make Your Rotary Membership Effective
Kyoshi Togasaki
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James F. Conway
(Sun City, Arizona, USA)
Review and Renew
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William E. Walk
(Upland, California, USA)
Bridge the Gaps
Ernst G. Breitholtz
(Nybro, Sweden)
Good Will Begins With You
Roy D. Hickman
<style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” face=”MS Sans Serif, Verdana, Arial”> (Birmingham, Alabama, USA) </style=”font-size:>
Let’s Take a New Look — And Act
William C. Carter
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Member: RC of Battersea, London
A Time for Action
William R. Robbins
(Miami, Florida, USA)
Renew the Spirit of Rotary
Ernesto Imbassahy de Mello
<style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” face=”MS Sans Serif, Verdana, Arial”> (Rio de Janeiro, RdJ, Brazil) </style=”font-size:>
To Dignify the Human Being
Robert Manchester II
(Youngstown, Ohio, USA)
I Believe in Rotary
W. Jack Davis
(Hamilton, Bermuda)
Serve to Unite Mankind
Clem Renouf
(Buderim, Queensland, Australia)
Reach Out
James L. Bomar, Jr.
(Shelbyville, Tennessee, USA)
Let Service Light the Way
Rolf Kl�rich
(Helsinki, Finland)
Take Time to Serve
Stanley E. McCaffrey
(Moraga, California, USA)
World Understanding and Peace Through Rotary
Hiroji Mukasa
(Nakatsu, Oita, Japan)
Mankind is One — Build Bridges of Friendship Throughout the World
William E. Skelton
(Blacksburg, Virginia, USA)
Share Rotary — Serve People
Carlos Canseco
(Garza Garcia NL, M�xico)
Discover a New World of Service
Edward F. Cadman
(Wenatchee, Washington, USA)
You are the Key
M. A. T. Caparas
(Manila, Philippines)
Rotary Brings Hope
Charles C. Keller
(California, Pennsylvania, USA)
Rotarians — United in Service- Dedicated to Peace
Royce Abbey
<style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” face=”MS Sans Serif, Verdana, Arial”> (Melbourne, Vic. Australia) </style=”font-size:>
Put Life into Rotary — Your Life
Hugh M. Archer
(Dearborn, Michigan, USA)
Enjoy Rotary!
Paulo V. C. Costa
(Santos, S�o Paulo, Brazil)
Honor Rotary with Faith and Enthusiasm
Rajendra K. Saboo
(Chandigarh, India)
Look Beyond Yourself
Clifford L. Dochterman
(Moraga, California, USA)
Real Happiness is Helping Others
Robert R. Barth
(Aarau, Switzerland)
Believe in What You Do — Do What You Believe in
William H. Huntley
(Alford & Mablethorpe<style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” face=”MS Sans Serif, Verdana, Arial”>, Lincs., England) </style=”font-size:>
Be a Friend
Herbert G. Brown
(Clearwater, Florida, USA)
Act with Integrity
Serve with Love
Work for Peace
Luis Vicente Giay
(Arrecifes, Bs., As., Argentina)
Build the Future with Action and Vision
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Glen W. Kinross
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Show Rotary Cares for your community for our world for its people
James L. Lacy
(Cookeville, Tennessee, USA)
Follow Your Rotary Dream
Carlo Ravizza
(Milan, Italy)
Rotary 2000: Act with Consistency, Credibility, Continuity
Frank J. Devlyn
(An�huac in Mexico City, Mexico)
Create Awareness Take Action


Richard D. King
(Niles in Fremont, California, USA)
Mankind is Our Business
Bhichai Rattakul
(Dhonburi in Bangkok, Thailand)
Sow the Seeds of Love


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2004-2005 Glenn E. Estess, Sr.

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Celebrate Rotary
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar</style=”font-size:>

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Service Above Self
2006-2007 William Boyd

Pakuranga, New Zealand

Lead the Way

2007-2008 Wilfrid J. Wilkinson

Trenton, Ontario, Canada

Rotary Shares


Dong Kurn Lee

(Seoul, Korea)

Make Dreams Real


John Kenny

Grangemouth, Central, Scotland

Different presidents had different themes in Rotary. When a president takes over, he comes up with a theme for his year and all his projects will be based on this theme. For example, if a president chooses the theme for his year as health problems, the club will work towards handling various health issues, like giving insulin shots or medicines for diabetes, Varikosette for people suffering from varicose veins, diet plans for obesity, etc. they will target problems that are on the rise and are proving to be a major concern at the time.