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ROTARY’S WHEEL EMBLEM

ROTARY’S WHEEL EMBLEM

A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. The first design was made by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver who drew a simple wagon wheel, with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate “Civilization and Movement.” Most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads. Finally, in 1922, it was decided that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. Thus, in 1923, the present gear wheel, with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted by the “Rotary International Association.” A group of engineers advised that the geared wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a “keyway” in the center of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So, in 1923 the keyway was added and the design which we now know was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem. http://www.icufr.org/abc/abc01.htm

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Trademarks

ROTARY, the ROTARY EMBLEM, ROTARY INTERNATIONAL, ROTARIAN, THE ROTARY FOUNDATION, THE ROTARY FOUNDATION EMBLEM, ROTARY CLUB, ROTARY WORLD, INTERACT, the INTERACT EMBLEM, ROTARACT, the ROTARACT EMBLEM, SERVICE ABOVE SELF, PAUL HARRIS FELLOW, the IMAGE OF PAUL HARRIS, POLIOPLUS, PRESERVE PLANET EARTH, the PRESERVE PLANET EARTH EMBLEM, among numerous others, collectively the “Rotary Marks,” are registered trademarks of Rotary International, 1560 Sherman Avenue, Evanston, Illinois 60602, USA. All rights reserved.

RI owns the trademarks for the use and benefit of all Rotarians. By complying with the guidelines for the use of the Rotary Marks you are helping to protect the Rotary Marks for all Rotarians into the future. The use of any of the Rotary Marks in any manner not authorized by the Constitution and Bylaws of Rotary International, or by action of the Rotary International Board of Directors, is forbidden and all Rotary districts, clubs, individual Rotarians and other recognized Rotary Entities (as defined in the Rotary Code of Policies) shall conform to this provision. Rotary Entities must refrain from the use of the word “Rotarian” as part of the name or title of any document or publication placed on the Internet. The word “Rotary” may not be used without a qualifier in order to indicate source by any Rotary district, club, other recognized Rotary Entity, or Rotarian. (The word “Rotary” when used without a qualifier indicates that the source is Rotary International. Programs, web sites, and other communications not originated from, or directly sponsored by, Rotary International must contain a qualifier of the specific “district,” “club,” or other source.) Any reproduction of the Rotary emblem or other of the Rotary Marks must conform to RI specifications. The name, emblem, and other Rotary Marks should not be altered, modified, or obstructed in any manner, nor reproduced in other than their complete form.

Any commercial use of the Rotary Marks is limited to and governed by the licensing system of Rotary International and must be officially licensed by Rotary International.

Rotary International strongly encourages all Rotarians to familiarize themselves with official Rotary International guidelines regarding the Rotary Marks as contained herein and in the Rotary International Manual of Procedure. With your help, we can ensure the protection of the Rotary Marks and prevent any unauthorized use. For more information on the proper use of the Rotary Marks please see the guidelines for the use of the Rotary Marks (.pdf).  http://www.rotary.org/resources/copyright.html

Historic Wheels

Dr. Wolfgang Ziegler

Also see our section on Rotary history in German

RGHF Wheels & Logos, not all necessarily approvable

The First RGHF Logo

Another Early RGHF Logo

This, the second RGHF logo, was abandoned since it did not follow RI guidelines.

An early RGHF graphic

Our present logo, designed by the famed Tord Elfwendahl of Sweden

Miscellaneous Wheels

Fun Wheels

Dr. Wolfgang Ziegler

Examples of Wheels which may not be in compliance with RI Regulations

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Fun Designs

Rtn. Chandraakant Dalal, RC of Mumbai North Island, Dist 3140 India

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