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Unity Building on Dearborn Avenue, in Chicago

Room 711 was an office in the Unity Building on Dearborn Avenue, in Chicago, Illinois, USA  There a mining engineer, Gus Loehr, conducted his businesses. As far as history shows, there was never a Rotary meeting in Room 711. That is, the name Rotary did not come up at the time four men gathered in Loehr’s office on a cold winter night, Thursday, February 23rd 1905. Also Gus Loehr did not remain with the group for very long.


As you will read in Paul Harris’ 1935 book “The Founder of Rotary,” he had an idea, one he had discussed with at least two friends. However, on that Thursday evening, one of those friends and an early client, Silvester Schiele, had joined Paul for dinner.


You’ll read the story of what happened that night and how this casual meeting became an organization which changed the world, and has the potential still to bring peace to this pla

Something similar to how trading stocks changed the way people looked at money and means of earning it. Until these stocks and trading were introduced, people did not know they could raise funds from other which were not loans and can in fact allow their investors to earn as they grew. This was a win-win situation which was soon accepted and widely followed, all over the world.


Like how this room created history, there are many rooms around the world which created history in the financial world. These are the very rooms where the stock markets of each country were started.


Today one can deal with stocks from all over the world. They don’t have to restrict what their country sells, they can sit in any part of the world and buy stocks and sell it in no time, all the way across the globe. Thanks to the internet and online trading that made all this possible. What was a mere visualization was turned into reality and has taken the world by storm.


It influences the financial and business world to such an extent that the working hours also known as the trading hours decide the day’s activities for many. Many people plan their daily activities and even vacations based on the market trading hours and days. This has become like a calendar that is widely accepted and followed.


Now what used to be done by people is being done by machines. Earlier when one had to invest, they had to learn about the market, the company, compare performances, draw and analyze charts, etc. But today, it is fully automated and one can just use softwares like Fintech Ltd and invest easily.

One need not worry about calculations, knowing about the market or human error. This software makes the investments for you based on the returns and terms and conditions opted by you. this makes investing in the stock market, not only easy but also safer. All the calculations are done by the computer and one need not worry about human mood swings which may make them take rash decisions. Even if the market is performing against your wishes and anticipation, the software will do all the calculations and its move, without getting emotional about it or making mistakes.

Have you always been worried about investing in the stock market? Have you been reluctant to try your hand because you are too confident with the concepts and calculations? Let the software do it all for you, while you can sit back, relax and just watch the market. This will give you time to analyze the market as a whole and enable you to make your next investment decision.


When you have the chance to observe the market and take decisions based on that, you will be more confident when you invest your hard earned money. Though the software can do the investment moves for you, it is always better to know what is what, so that you are not taken for a ride


Now, coming back to room no 711 and Rotary –

Though the man whose office this is did not remain in the organization, nor did another guest that night, Silvester became the first president of the Chicago club and a steadfast Rotarian. Paul and Silvester were fast friends and became neighbors … even in death.


The office, Room 711, is a symbol, protected and maintained as the birthplace of Rotary.  Now, you can join Paul, Silvester, Gus, and Hiram as members of the “711 Club.”


Jack Selway, webmaster for Room 711

Founder of “Rotary Global History”





The International Curling Fellowship of Rotarians was formed by Rotarians who had a love for the sport of curling. Curling�s inclusion into the Olympics has made it a much more recognized sport worldwide.

Yes, these members who are part of the elite society and recognized for their accomplishment in the business world, like sports too. Not just any spot but curling is what many prefer spending their time and energy on. The women also play sports in addition to exchanging useful Belleza Consejos. This is what a fellowship is all about.

Although it is not known exactly where curling began, the term curling was first recorded in Scotland. Indications are that the sport developed around Perth, Scotland and spread out from there. The original stones used were uneven and not rounded. Uniformity of stones came around 1839. Today all stones are made to very detailed specifications, from granite obtained from the island, Ailsa Craig off the west coast of Scotland.


The Curling Fellowship of  Rotarians received it�s status from R.I. in 1972, but it�s origin came out of a group of Rotarians representative of Scotland, Canada and the U.S.A., that had organized a Rotary curling tour to Scotland in 1956. In 1957 Rotarians from Scotland returned to curl in Canada, (Quebec and Ontario) and in the U.S.A., in the area of Utica and Schenectady, in New York. The U.S.A withdrew from the curling tour after the 1957 trip. Since 1958 the curling tour has taken place every two years with Scotland and Canada alternating as hosts. The tour now involves 22 Rotarians who are home hosted during the 3 week curling tour.


The individuals that developed the Curling tour were Aubrey Legge a P.D.G from Montreal and Bob MacKintosh of Scotland


In 1972 Aubrey Legge turned his efforts to having a curling fellowship approved by R.I.  Within two months he had the backing of District Governors in Canada, Scotland, U.S.A., and Sweden. This was followed by a formal application to R.I. In May of 1972 the International Curling Fellowship of Rotarians was recognized.


The objects of the Curling Fellowship are to promote international fellowship between curling Rotarians and to hold every two years a curling competition to determine the champion of the Curling Fellowship.


The first competition took place in Lachute, Quebec with teams from Scotland, Canada and the U.S.A., and being won by a team from Montreal. Since then the championship has been won 8 times by Canada, 7 times by Scotland and once by the U.S.A. The winner receives the coveted silver bell with a Rotary Wheel on top. The winners of the first and second place team receive gold and silver medals. The third place team receives a bronze medal.


Scotland and Canada are each allowed 3 teams in the championship. Those spots are hotly contested by many Rotary clubs.


Besides Canada, the U.S.A., and Scotland, Sweden sent a team to compete in 1990. Since 1994 a team from Berwick-Upon-Tweed representing England has entered the championship.


In 1996, Peterborough, Canada introduced a friendship competition comprising of Rotarians who had played in or had hosted previous world championships, so that Rotary friendships created could continue to grow.


The last championship was held in Lockerbie, Scotland in 2006. The 2008 event will be held in Brantford, Ontario Canada with 10 teams competing in the championship event and up to 10 teams in the friendship event. The curling competition involves a round robin with two games per day. At the conclusion of the round robin the top 4 teams compete in a semi final and a final.


Aside from the curling, the fellowship events include an opening reception, home hospitality, attendance at a Rotary meeting and finally the closing banquet with presentation of trophy and awards.


The week also includes a meeting of the fellowship�s executive. The venues for the upcoming championships are: Brantford Canada in 2008 and Scotland in 2010


The many traditions and customs associated with the sport of curling, including its camaraderie fit like a hand in a glove with Rotary fellowship. The 150 plus Rotarians and spouses look forward to a great week of  fellowship at the curling championships.


Rotary Global History Fellowship


Rotary Global History Fellowship

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 This is the page where our research project began. On Wednesday 11 October 2000, John M. “Jack” Selway, then a member of Rotary Club of Pueblo, CO #43, received a list of the first 50 Rotary clubs. This list was faxed to Selway by RI staff member, Joaqu�n Mej�a. It was the only list which could be found and was from an old fashioned typewriter. (seen on the left) Within a few days Selway had created a page for each club telling where they were located, when they met, maybe something about their communities. Then Founder Selway had the thought that perhaps their histories might be of some interest…  From then on, volunteer Rotarians around the world worked on hundreds of projects: 

Stories about all the presidents, first clubs of every country, early clubs of every continent, the philosophy of Rotary, the story of women in Rotary and the list goes on.

Within a few weeks of our founding the project became “Rotary First Fifty” with the authorized domain of still used to reach this page.

But here you can learn about the first nine years. From 1905 until 1914 — 100 Rotary clubs joined together to form this marvelous organization. By studying these clubs, you’ll find common goals, lasting values, traditions, abilities to adapt and great Rotarians.

What is remarkable is that these 100 clubs are “the” original “First 100 Clubs” of Rotary. Not one of them failed. They are in five countries. They’ve weathered two world wars. Some had war in their streets and there were awful financial times. They are still here.  Enjoy meeting them as we continue to discover them ourselves.

One of the objectives Rotary Global History Fellowship was to cover the history of Rotary’s early years. We chose the “First 100 Clubs” and were authorized to use,  as a number during the centennial of Rotary International. For reasons satisfied by the Four Way Test, we added five clubs, all of which could have been number one-hundred. We also added eight clubs mentioned in the “1905-1948” appendix found in the first edition of “My Road to Rotary” by Paul P. Harris and published by A. Kroch and Son. The result is a study of one-hundred and thirteen clubs which cover the entire Rotary life of Rotary’s founder <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#0000FF”> Paul Harris. </style=”font-size:>

Rotary historians, around the world, continue to maintain and improve this archive of Rotary’s history.

RotaryFirst100 – Rotary’s First 100 Years



Visiting new places and clubs for Rotary’s projects is like checking out new companies and stock options for your investments. There are many places that need help, just like you have many stocks to invest in. but only a few will suit you and few will be better than the others. You will have to choose the best of the lot. That is how the trading software Fintech Ltd, makes the investments for you. Similarly, in Rotary, you will have to decide which place or project requires aid first.

In 1928, when Paul Harris first visited Great Britain as President Emeritus, few people had any prior warning and it was not until May 23, two days after he had landed in Scotland, that a report in the press alerted most Rotarians to the presence of their founder and his wife in Britain. Among the first Rotarians to respond to the
unexpected news were members of the Newcastle on Tyne Club who “very enthusiastically on the proposal of Secretary W T Price, agreed to
send a telegram of welcome to Paul Harris, the founder of Rotary, then on a visit to this country”.
Six weeks later, on Friday July 6, Paul Harris set off from Doncaster for the North. His first stop, “after a run through interesting country”, was at Newcastle, to be greeted there by an
assembly of members including two future Presidents of RIBI and Directors of RI, Hugh Galloway (1) and Thomas D Young (2), and the
newly installed President of the Newcastle Rotary Club, Joseph Robinson. He went to a big reception of over 300 members, not at the
Station Hotel, the club’s regular meeting place, but on this occasion at the Grand Assembly Rooms, shaking hands, giving autographs “following the usual custom” and signing the club’s visitors book,
which can still be seen today.As soon as official business was over, Paul Harris was driven by a Newcastle member along part of the Roman Wall, stopping for afternoon
tea with a retired Army officer, believed to be Major General Sir R A Kerr-Montgomery, KCMG, CB, DSO, JP, who was at that time a Newcastle
Rotarian although his name is not given in Paul Harris’s diary.

Afterwards he returned for the night to Newcastle. On the next day, he was driven Northwards through the Lowlands to Edinburgh via what
he described as “Sir Walter Scott country”. It was to be nine years before he returned.
On July 15, 1937, Paul Harris who had been in the Lake District, stayed the night with the President of the Carlisle club, R S Duthie.The next day he took the train to Newcastle where he met up with several old friends, went to yet another inter-club lunch before going on a drive into the Cheviots. He then went back for a special dinner and to spend the night at the hospitable home of Tom Armstrong. On the 17th he returned to Carlisle by train and then onwards to Kilmarnock where, after several weeks apart, Paul was reunited with his wife, Jean.

Paul Harris was never able to revisit his many friends in Britain, in part because of the intervening war, in part because of his
increasing frailty. Some did manage to see him in the United States, among them Tom Young of Newcastle who attended the Toronto Convention in 1942 after a hazardous journey via Lisbon.

1. Hugh Galloway President of RIBI 1932-1933 Director RI 1934-6
2 Thomas D Young President RIBI 1939-1942 Director RI

Basil Lewis Rotary First 100 13 March 2003


Monthly feature: “What Paul Harris Wrote click here for archives,

For February 2006: “Wednesday forenoon I planted my first tree of friendship in European soil. It seemed to me especially appropriate that it took place in Germany �� in its metropolis �� Berlin. The planting occurred in a sports platz formerly devoted to war purposes, and a large number including Rotarians, city officials and others were in attendance. I was offered my choice of three trees of different species all of which had been groomed for the ceremony. My choice fell upon a Maple and I was then given the choice of three locations. Having selected what seemed to me the most appropriate tree and location, the ceremony began. There were two brief addresses, one by the mayor and one by myself. The tree was planted with the fervent hope that it would stand for many years as symbolic of the living, growing friendship between the great German people and my own country. Since leaving Germany I have learned that our German friends have planted a little monument in front of the tree commemorating the event and describing the purpose it was intended to serve.” Paul Harris, 1932 Paul Harris’ unpublished diary of his journey to Europe in 1932


Did Rotary begin in 1905 or 1904?



On page six of the Proceedings of the First National Convention of The Rotary Clubs of America, held at the Congress Hotel, Chicago, Illinois, August 15, 16 and 17, 1910 one can read:


�Whereas, on February 25, 1904, there was founded Rotary Club of Chicago [�]�.



In addition, there exists some letter-heading of the Rotary Club of Chicago stating that the founding took place fully a year before, on 26th  February 1904, and since the man who printed that paper was Ruggles, one might reasonably presume he knew what he was doing, and that what he was doing was correct. [�] Fifteen years later, however, Paul Harris wrote to Silvester Schiele, that Harry Ruggles�s work �completely overshadows all others in connection with the founding of the Chicago Club�.�

What the letter claims is that business came together to help each other rather than what Rotary is today – helping the needy.

When it is a business, one is always in need to help the business grow. It can never be left the way it is, even if it is progressing in the right direction. A businessman can’t let it be that way. This is because he is a visionary and is filled with ideas to break the stereotypes and come up with something different to improve the lifestyle. I t can be a new product, a new service or even a new software like Fintech Ltd, which helps any layman invest in the stock market without having to know about the stocks or the market itself.

Why Do businessmen strive to come up with something new? because that is what makes them a business man. If  they were to sit around and accept things the way they were and live the same way, they will be mere workers who follow rules and regulations and let other do the innovative thinking. Many have a vision and ideas to make something big. When these ideas are brought to life, a business is born. Establishing such a business and making it grow is not an easy task. There is a lot of planning and execution involved.

So what can an aspiring business man do? How can they make their dream a reality? Here are a few tips:

One has to be clear about the idea they have. It cannot be just some idea noted down in a piece of paper in a book they were reading. It has to be a proper idea where enough thought has been put into.

Visualize the idea and the concept. This will help you know if it is a practical idea and what problems could occur when the idea is rolled out into a business. An idea on paper may seem great but practically, there could be lot of complications.

Do a good and thorough research in the field of the business. One has to know if such an idea already exists, if it does who the possible competitors could be, what the possible road blocks could be etc. getting all this sorted out in the beginning is crucial to ensure the business starts smoothly. There is no point in investing and starting the business only to realize, the government will not support a part of the idea. This will lead to the downfall of the business itself or change it to something completely different from what you had in mind.

Plan you investments. One has to have enough funds to start a business and should have a steady flow of funds to keep the business going. Initially, one cannot expect any earnings or profits from the business. Hence the financial planning for this phase has to be meticulous.

Sometimes, it is better to have a partner. When the scope of the business is too big, one needs extra help to do all the work. Find a like-minded person, who will be easy to work with as problems between partners is one of the major reasons for businesses to fail.


Hence we can also reasonably presume that Ruggles, who did most of the printing during the first years of the clubs� existence, did not only print the Chicago letter-head, but the first proceedings, and that he advanced the founding one year, thus �merely staking a claim which others were tending to ignore�.

Rotary International District 7470

Brief histories of Rotary’s First 100 Clubs

Rotary Club of Newark 49 1912

Rotary International District 7470

New Jersey

Newark 49

Camden 59

Paterson 70


Knowing the history of a particular organization, before becoming a part of it is as important as knowing the history of a company before you invest in it. Whether you want to buy their shares for just an investment or become a major share holder in the company, whether you use a physical trader to do all your investment moves or use trading software like Fintech Limited to make all the moves, you need to know where you are investing.

The Newark Rotary Club is a community service organization dedicated to assisting the children of Newark, New Jersey. This club was started in 1912 as the 49th in the History International. The club joined what was then still the National Association of Rotary Clubs.

Today, we are one of more than 30,000 Rotary clubs in 159 countries around the world. More than 1.2 million business and professional men and women constitute the membership of these clubs which share the purposes of providing humanitarian service, encouraging high ethical standards in all vocations, and building good will and understanding in the world.

The Rotary Club of Newark, New Jersey, No. 49, is now in is 64th year. Nearly 60 percent of the present membership joined Newark Rotary during the past decade.       The purpose of this historica1 review is to bring into focus some of. the major accomplishments the club, and to acquaint the newer members with the service projects that have made Newark Rotary one of the outstanding clubs in the country.

Much of the information presented here was obtained from a �Brief History of Newark Rotary Club” prepared by the late William C. Cope (President 1929-30) in February 1955. This source of data is gratefully acknowledged.

This summary of the club’s history should deepen the spirit Rotary among us and provide a background for future growth and accomplishment.

1974    George C. Grow, Jr. (Club Historian)


The Rotary Club of Newark, New Jersey was organized in September 1910 through the efforts of Frederick M. Payne, a local attorney.       Mr. Payne had been visiting in Chicago where he learned about the Chicago Rotary Club –Club No.1 –founded in 1905. He was so enthusiastic about the Rotary idea that he called a few of his friends together to organize a similar club in Newark. The incorporation papers were signed by Dr. Franklin H. Van Winkle, Frederick M. Payne, George H. Mutchler and John H. McKeon.

At least six men, according to early records of the club, attended the first meeting and elected Dr. Van Winkle as President. “Rip” Van Winkle, whose classification was “Dentistry” was New Jersey’s “number 1” Rotarian until his death in October, 1970 at age 86, after 60 years in Rotary.

In February 1912 the National Association of Rotary Clubs (later in the year the name was changed to “International Association of Rotary Clubs) granted Charter No. 49 to Newark which then officially became a Rotary Club.

Arthur W. Greason, fourth president of the club, held the first “Banking” classification. Art was president for 3 years (1915-1918), and it is generally acknowledged that he put Newark Rotary “on its feet” to become one of the outstanding clubs in the nation.       We all owe this dedicated Rotarian a real debt of gratitude.       Art died at age 92 in September, 1970.

Newark is perhaps unique among Rotary Clubs because its members reside in more than 70 different communities in the metropolitan area, and only a few of its members actually live within the city which it serves. Hence, Rotary’s motto “Service Above Self” has added significance — for Newark Rotarians are men dedicated to the proposition that “He Profits Most Who Serves the Best.”

During its first ten years the club grew from an original group of about 6 Newark business leaders to a membership of nearly 100. These were the formative years when Rotary established itself as a service organization on an international basis. The Rotary code of ethics, standards of service, model constitution and by-laws, and the Rotary system of districts were established, and the Newark Club played a significant role in this formative era.

Originally Newark Rotary met once a month – evening meetings at dinner, but this was changed to luncheon meetings in September 1913.       When the club was only 4 years old – 1914 – a membership of 56 was attained. This was the year war broke out in Europe; Rotary Club No. 100 was founded in Phoenix, Arizona.

The year 1916 was a banner year for the City of Newark and the Rotary Club. Newark celebrated its 250th anniversary and Rotary actively participated in the observances. Rotary luncheons were started on a weekly basis and the newly completed Robert Treat Hotel became the regular meeting place. The club has met here continuously ever since. Probably no other Rotary Club has a similar record. The first issue of COG was also published during 1916 as a combination club bulletin and roster, issued monthly.

The name badge worn each week was adopted in 1918. It was designed by Rotarian Frank Schultz – classification “Interior Decorating”. A new name badge was adopted in 1971, and again in 1973.

Many useful and important projects were undertaken by Newark Rotary during its first decade of service. These included relief for flood victims in Ohio and Indiana, Boys Work Vocational service, and Boy Scout Troop leadership. When this country entered world War I, Newark Rotary admirably demonstrated the ideals of service with its Liberty Loan Drives, campaigns for food, magazines and other articles for servicemen; war camp community work; and a variety of additional contributions to the war effort. The principles of Rotary became firmly established and the foundations were laid for future years of growth and development.

The international aspects of Rotary increased steadily in importance and effectiveness. “Good Will and Peace” was the objective adopted at the 1921 International Convention in Edinburgh � the first convention held outside North America. During 1921 Rotary International granted Charter No. 1000 to the Rotary Club of York, England.

During the same year, the Boys Work Committee was established in Newark Rotary. This later became the Youth Committee and continues as the major service project of the club.

The name “Rotary International” became the official title of the worldwide association of Rotary Clubs during 1922. This was also the year Newark Rotary opened an office in the Wiss Building. The membership then was 179.

In 1923 Newark Rotary sent contributions to the Rotary Club of Tokyo, Japan, for earthquake relief.

The “COG” became a weekly publication on October 14, 1924 and has continued on this basis.

Membership in Newark Rotary reached 200 in 1926 and the club held first place in a Rotary International attendance contest of clubs with memberships of 200=300. This record was held for 6 consecutive months. Another highlight of 1926 was the construction of Newark Rotary Lodge at camp Mohican, Robert Treat Council, Boy Scouts of America. This is still one of the major facilities at the camp.

Most of the club’s service projects have been in connection with young people — Boys Clubs, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, needy children.       Between World War 1 and 1929, Newark Rotary contributed nearly $100,000 to a Boy�s Work Program which included many activities for guidance and training. One of its continuing projects was the providing of funds for transportation and clothing to needy school children in Newark. These and other service projects were supported financially by the club and by active participation of individual members.       Newark Rotarians are nearly always found in positions of leadership in those organizations which are devoted to the development of Newark’s young people. The most critical time in raising child is 100 years before he is born, and Newark Rotary is doing its part for future generations.

It is interesting to note that of those who became members during its first 40 years, there are 27 still on the rolls as active Newark Rotarians.

In recognition of Newark Rotary’s 25th Anniversary in 1935, Paul P. Harris, founder of Rotary, was guest of honor. For the year 1938-39 the club was awarded second place for “Distinguished Achievement in Club Service” by Rotarian Magazine.

During World War II, Newark Rotary contributed materially to War Relief in Europe. Besides a successful clothing drive for war victim more than $600,000 worth of war bonds were purchased by Newark Rotarians.       The club took an active interest in the boys in military service who were on duty in the Newark area, supplying them with books, sports equipment, and other helpful items.

The late Rotarian Harry P. Schaub was chairman of all Bond Drives for the club, and the final drive resulted in the sale of over $1,000,000 worth of Victory Bonds. Another evidence of Rotary’s service to youth was the raising of about $50,000 for the YMCA building fund in 1945-46.

In September 1946, Peggy Debold became Executive Secretary of Newark Rotary.       Peggy retired in 1972 and was succeeded by Joseph Mayers and Company, Inc. with Lue Eissmann as Administrative Secretary.

Another evidence of Rotary’s service to youth was the raising of about $50,000 for the YMCA building fund in 1945-46.

During the post-war period when Europe was struggling to recover from its devastation, Newark Rotary sent food to our namesake club Newark-on-Trent, England, and clothing to Denmark. These are only two examples of the many war relief projects undertaken by the club.

In 1949 Newark Rotary’s Glee Club was organized by the late Fred Stephans. Its first concert was given at a club meeting on June 21, 1949. A vital factor in Rotary’s fellowship and service, it presented more than 50 concerts –at homes for the aged, nurses homes, hospitals, district conferences and club meetings. The Glee Club has not been active in recent years.

In 1950 the club membership was 257, and reached its peak in 1959 with 266 members.

Projects in service to youth continued as Newark Rotary’s primary effort. During the years 1950 and 1951 the Rotary Lodge at Camp Mohican was completely renovated, gymnasium equipment was furnished for the new Boys Club of Newark and the new Salvation Army building. An outdoor play area was established for the Boys Club of Newark, and repairs to cabins and canoes were provided at Camp Mohican. For many years a Little League Baseball Team was sponsored by Newark Rotary through the Boys Club. Camperships have been provided (through several organizations) for underprivileged young people as a policy of the club.

During 1955 devastating floods occurred along the Delaware River, and $700 was sent by Newark Rotary for flood relief. Through CARE, Newark Rotary also supplied American Bookshelves to various countries around the world.

A long and impressive list would be required to enumerate all of the youth service projects in which Newark Rotary has been identified in recent years. Camping equipment of all sorts -from kitchens to canoes -have been furnished. Craft and game room facilities have been provided, and assistance has been given for building funds. Any where on the Newark scene where young people are involved, the Rotary Club will be found as a partner. In recent years a bus was provided the YMCA, a Library for Newark Boys’ Chorus and a Scoutmobile for the Robert Treat Council, Boy Scouts of America.

In 1960 the club celebrated its 50th Anniversary, and a special Dinner Dance was held commemorating this milestone. The theme for the anniversary year was “Youth of America”. Particular emphasis was given the Youth Fund Drive and nearly $10,000 was contributed. The District Governor for this anniversary year was our own past President (1952-53) George S. Kaighn.

1964 was New Jersey’s Tercentenary year. Many Rotary Club activities were in recognition of this celebration. Newark Rotary also provided scholarships for students at the Tercentenary Music Festival, Westminister Choir College in Princeton.

The slogan “SERVICE IS OUR BUSINESS” has been nobly exemplified throughout the history of the Rotary Club of Newark.       The four primary avenues of service are: Community, Club, International, Vocational.

In Community Service the emphasis continues to be on youth. It is through the Youth Committee, that Newark Rotarians participate in many activities which are geared to the development of better citizens.       Some of these are listed on Page 6. The number of young lives that are touched by Newark Rotary’s ideal of service is quite impressive and many individual Rotarians dedicate time, talent and enthusiastic participation in youth work.

In Club Service, through the Recreation and Fellowship Committees, many fine activities are provided for fun and entertainment. There are dinner-dances, outings, participation in bowling and golf with Rotarians of other clubs. Other activities include theater parties, a day at the races, and club trips to World Fairs in New York and Montreal. These develop friendships, promote better understanding, open opportunities for service and deepen the spirit of Rotary.

In International Service Newark Rotarians exchange personal correspondence with Rotarians of other countries. Strong support is also given to Rotary International Foundation. This provides scholar ships for worthy students to study abroad. The program has contributed materially to international understanding and good will. Every two years each Rotary District has the privilege of sponsoring a Rotary Foundation Fellow. Four students have been nominated by the Newark Club in recent years. They are listed on Page 7.

Sound business practices as emphasized by the Four Way Test are the personal responsibilities of all Rotarians. This is a part of Rotary’s Vocational Service. The highest standards of business and personal relationships constitute part of the Rotary ideal. Do all of your activities fit these guideposts?

1.                  Is it the TRUTH?

2.                  Is it FAIR to all concerned?

3.                  Will it build GOOD WILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?

4.                  Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

Rotary is an organization that builds bridges rather than fences.       By becoming a member of the club, every Newark Rotarian participates in a world fellowship of business and professional men dedicated to the ideal of service. It is unlike any other organization in the world for it crosses all religious, racial and regional boundaries with its slogan and motto SERVICE ABOVE SELF and HE PROFITS MOST WHO SERVES THE BEST.

In its distinguished history the Rotary Club of Newark has endeavored to foster Rotary’s ideals in all aspects. Wearing a badge of honor, all of us can say, “I’m proud to be a Newark Rotarian.”

The International Fellowship of Travel Agents

 The International Fellowship of Travel Agents
A Brief History of Our Fellowship

Rotary Recreational and Vocational Fellowship is a relatively new program, combining two former Rotary International programs – World Fellowship Activities and International Vocational Contact Groups.

When two groups are combined, the number of people in the fellowship tends to increase, thereby making it a bigger group. This enables the group to do more for the society.

Travelling is very important for everyone. One can plan to go around the world but needs help to not only know about which places to visit but also to know what to do there and how to stay safe. Many of these things cannot be done by an individual on their own. They need help from people who are experts in this field.

This is why a travel agent is crucial. They now a lot about the various places around the world and can help you organize your trip in a more professional manner. They can also help you in getting the best possible rates, good accommodation and also speed up the paper work.

At Rotary, we realized there are a lot of members into this industry and bringing them together seemed like the most natural thing to do. This will not only bring people of the same profession together, but also open doors for fellowships where people can travel in big groups and bond well.

The result was simply impressive. The amount of stories and knowledge that were shared were beyond interesting. Traveling can help you realize more about yourself and can rejuvenate your mind and body. This fellowship saw people religiously consuming a cup of Eco Slim every day, to lose all that weight and fit into fancy clothes, dress up in local clothes and have fun.

Whether recreational or vocational, Fellowships unite Rotarians in friendship and service, the exchange of ideas and the pursuit of international understanding.

The International Fellowship of Travel Agents was established in 1992 by Jay Weerarathna of the Rotary Club of Colombo Mid Town, District 3220. Rosey Wong took over the helm from Jay in April 1995. She increased the membership dues to US$20 from US$10 and introduced a quarterly newsletter to provide an opportunity for Rotarians in the travel and hospitality industry to network, exchange, promote and share ideas with other members within the industry. The first membership Directory was published in 1996. Membership benefits include a membership certificate and a yearly membership Directory. Due to increased cost our newsletter has been reduced to twice a year. We still meet annually at the RI convention and we now have regional groupings in more than 31 countries to encourage more frequent activities.


International Fellowship of Travel Agents

Board of Directors 2005-2007


Chair Brian King 2004-2006
Vice Chair Bob Gopee Trinidad & Tobago
Vice Chair PDG Russ Daggett Canada
Secretary/Treasurer Rosey Wong USA
Director Roslyn Callao Australia
Legal Advisor PDG John Eberhard Canada
Past Chair PDG Russell Daggett 2001-2004



  Regional Directors


 Canada  Barbara Frisk
 Denmark  Peer Kjaer
 Ghana  Jake Holdbrook
 India  Rahul Kumar
 Indonesia  Stefan Looho
 Japan  PDG Fumio Tamamura
 Korea  PDG Sang Hyun Park
 Malaysia  A P Tai
 Mexico  Alejandro Canedo
 Nigeria  Adebisi Oyewo
 Nepal  Tek Chandra Pokharel
 Philippines  Zenaida Garcia
 Singapore  Jimmy Ooi
 East Coast/USA  Robert Robar
 Zambia  Innocent Chalabesa

Rotary Club of Sale

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Rotary Club of Sale

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For more information see the booklet

Sixty Years of Service

The Rotary Club of Sale, 1928-1988,

by Peter Synan

The Rotary Club of Sale formed in 1928, its sponsor being the Rotary Club of Melbourne. At that time Sale, with an urban population of around 4000, was the largest town in the far-flung province of Gippsland, South East Victoria. The importance of Sale at the time of the formation of the Sale Rotary Club related directly to:

� Its status as a See town both for the Anglican and Catholic churches.

� Its schools, particularly its large boarding schools.

� Its hub position for transport systems including water carriage through the famous Gippsland Lakes.

� Its Gippsland Base Hospital.

� Its location adjacent to a rich dairying, grazing and crop growing district.

� Its manufacturing industries including foundry, flour mill, woollen mill and butter factory.

Sale’s town population has now grown to around 14,000. Its agriculture has been strengthened by irrigation, its manufacture enhanced by the offshore discovery of oil and natural gas in the nearby Gippsland Basin, its service sector expanded by a large Royal Australian Air Force training base at East Sale.

Membership of Rotary in Sale has reflected the population changes of the town. In turn, Rotary has contributed in a significant way to the shaping of the town’s amenities and to promoting its residents� wellbeing.

From a charter group of sixteen, the club had grown to over 70 members by the early 1970s. A second club, the Rotary Club of Sale Central, was formed in 1977-1978. In 2000, the combined strength of the two Sale Rotary Clubs had settled to around the seventy mark.

Sale Rotary’s inaugural president, Bishop George Cranswick, was also its main founder. As Bishop of Gippsland, Cranswick was well read, much travelled, and thoroughly acquainted with the ideals of Rotary. He encouraged real estate agent, Frank Chalmer, storekeeper Peter Jensen and others to recruit prospective Sale Rotarians.

Fittingly, successive Bishops of Gippsland have graced the Rotary Club of Sale over the decades, including Bishops Blackwood, Sheumack, and most recently, Arthur Jones.

Sale has had a strong tradition of sons of Rotarians and even a son-in-law, following into Rotary. Inaugural member W.C.(Bill) Leslie was followed by his son John. Hardware store proprietor Rex Castles was followed by sons Bruce and Brian. All three Castles were members when Rex was honoured as a Paul Harris Fellow in 1981. Founding vice president and second president R.M.(Bob) Rolland was followed by his son-in-law Rob Cowie.


Rob Cowie, himself a president of Sale Rotary, symbolised courage in the face of quite devastating adversity. An horrific car accident took the life of his wife Helen (nee Rolland) and left him severely crippled. Following rehabilitation, Rob returned to the club, retaining an interest in all things Rotary. His spirit inspired our whole Rotary family.

High achievers amongst Sale Rotarians include Doug Riding, Officer Commanding RAAF Base East Sale and later Deputy Chief of the Air Force; Neil McInnes, parliamentarian, pilot and Royal Humane Society recipient; Peter Ryan, MLA, solicitor and currently, leader of the National Party in Victoria; John Leslie, Mayor of Sale, advisor and benefactor to the arts in Victoria; Honorary member Dr. Clive Disher, a brigadier (retired list) who served in both world wars.

The Rotary Club of Sale has conferred Paul Harris Fellows on Rex Castles (1981), Cliff Gamlin (1982), Dr. Joe Crosbie (1983), Eric Frith (1984), Ted Peirce (1986), John Leslie OBE (1987), Bill Stephenson OBE (1988), Helen Cowie (1990), John Lewis (1992), Rob Cowie (1994), Bishop Colin Sheumack (1995), Don Ripper (1996), Noel Langley (1996), Max Morrison (1999), David Tulloch (1999).

The club’s records attest to allegiance to the four avenues of Rotary Service. Outstanding achievements include: � Promoting the spread of Rotary in Gippsland, notably through sponsoring Bairnsdale and Maffra Rotary Clubs.

� Sponsoring the Rotary Club of Sale Central.

� Establishing the Sale Apex Club.

� Forming both Mens and Ladies Probus Clubs in Sale.

� Establishing the Sale Elderly Citizens’ Village.

� Setting up a Life Education caravan for Gippsland primary schools (lead role).

� Achieving Rotary Reserve, Sale.

� Achieving the restoration of the Sale Powder Magazine.

� Promoting Rotary Youth Exchange.

A stand-out achievement has been the Sale Elderly Citizens’ Village. This project was officially opened by the Minister for Social Services, the Hon. W. Wentworth (pictured) in 1972. Sale Rotarians have had a major managerial role at this village over the past thirty years.

Knowing the history of an organization is very important to assess what it is capable of and to determine what the future journey could be. Be it any company or organization, the history has a lot to tell us about the company itself. When you are investing in a particular stock, either through a trader or directly, using software like HBSwiss, you need to know about the history of the company to know better about the stock. This will ensure you make a wise investment choice.

Information provided by Peter Synan, 2002