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The history of Rotary, in Canada, was crucial to the spread of Rotary around the world. Rotary, in its centennial year of 2005, paid little attention to the brave work of James Wheeler Davidson & James Layton Ralston, The Calgary & Halifax Rotarians who carried Rotary “Around the World” or the early clubs from that huge country. This section of the history project was undertaken in 2001 to add to the knowledge of what Canada did for Rotary. Much of this work was contributed by the late PDG James Angus.  

Edited and posted by Jack M. B. Selway, RGHF Founder 13 August 2001. revised 3 July 2010

History of Zone 24
Rotary International Presidents from Canada (biographies here)

Rev. E. Leslie Pidgeon 1917

Dr. Crawford McCullough 1921

 John R. Nelson 1933

Arthur Lagueux 1950

Wilfrid J. Wilkinson 2007

Rotary International Conventions held in Canada

Histories of the Canadian Conventions (more)

Convention home pages below:

Toronto 1924

Harris’ Message to the first convention in Canada.

Toronto 1942

Toronto 1964

Montreal 1975

Toronto 1983

Calgary 1996

Montreal 2010 (Booklet Prepared for R.I. Convention, Montreal, 2010)


Read all of the convention histories

Find all the Canadian District histories at and at 5010 5040 5050 5060 5080 5360 5370 5550 5580 6290 6330 6380 6400 7010 7040 7070 7080 7090 7790 7810 7820 7850
The seven Canadian “First 100” Clubs

Zone 22


7070 Toronto

5040 Vancouver

7820 Halifax

7090 Hamilton

7040 Montreal

5020 Victoria









1 March 1913

1 April 1913

1 August 1913

1 August 1913

1 October 1913

1 January 1914

* Not chartered until 13 Apr 1912  *Made Rotary International

The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.�  -The Fourth Object of Rotary initially composed by Donald MacRae.</style=”font-size:>

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> 1910-1912 plus a 1914 report from The Rotarian and photos of early leaders


1913-1915 history


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The Calgary & Halifax Rotarians who carried Rotary “Around the World”

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Read about Col. James Layton Ralston, (left) also Rotary’s commissioner Donald MacRae, a driving force being “service” in Rotary. Also listed under

Also see the Zone 22 Peace Award

Some Canadian Achievements and Landmarks in Rotary

Winnipeg Rotary Club, Manitoba, has the distinction of being the Club that made Rotary international.

It was, thus, both natural and appropriate that Walter Clubb, President of the Winnipeg Club was given the honor to propose the change of name of our organization from the National to the International Association of Rotary Clubs at the Duluth Convention in 1912. Duluth also allowed for one vice-president of the association representing Canada.

The Winnipeg Club would also give Rotary its first Canadian International President in the Rev E. Leslie Pidgeon (1917-18). Crawford McCullough of Fort William, Ontario followed in 1921-22. In 1933-34 Montreal Rotary Club’s John Nelson served as President of Rotary International.

Canadian Rotarians Donald McRae and Charlie Burchell contributed greatly to the Rotary Constitution. Burchell was a founder member of Halifax Rotary Club, Nova Scotia and he would also become a Rotary International 3rd Vice-President 1925-6. McRae, District Governor 1917-18, was Dean of the Dalhousie Law School and Chairman of the incoming Committee on the Constitution and By-laws as appointed by President Estes (‘Pete’) Snedecor. These two lawyers helped draft the Fourth Object covering Peace, Goodwill and World Understanding that was accepted at the 1922 Rotary Convention in Los Angeles.

As 1960/61 President-elect Nitish C. Laharry said at the Tokyo Convention, this was  “The moment we forget International in Rotary, we may as well forget Rotary itself”. In 1955, RI President Herbert J Taylor wrote a letter of thanks to McRae for his work describing it as “that most important milestone in the History”.

Rotary as a Canadian national movement never really took off. One explanation derives from the first ever district conference (unofficial) held on February 21st 1914 between the Pacific North West Clubs of Seattle, Tacoma, Portland and Spokane and their British Columbia neighbors of Vancouver and Victoria. These clubs had a link in that they all derived from their mother club – Seattle Rotary Club.

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This link was of fundamental importance as, when in 1915, at the San Francisco Convention, districts were introduced, Vancouver and Victoria were placed along with their Canadian colleagues in a West/ Prairie Canadian District (District 18) encompassing British Columbia, Manitoba, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Vancouver and Victoria did not wish to leave the fellowship they had established with their American neighbors and successfully were re-united with the Pacific North West Rotary Clubs. Thus, the first International District was formed.

Today, the district system from Ontario to British Columbia naturally forms Canada-USA districts running North to South rather than simply adopting a nationalist approach.  Examples include District 6330 and 6400 covering both Michigan USA and Ontario, Canada. District 5020 covers both the Province of British Columbia and Washington State. District 7090 encompasses both New York State and Ontario. Canadian and American Rotarians are naturally the best of friends.

Perhaps the roots to such friendship derive from  1924 when Bruce Richardson, Chairman of the Winnipeg Club’s Program Committee joined forces with Minnesota Rotary Clubs to hold a meeting devoted to “International Friendship and Goodwill”. Eleven U.S. and seven Canadian Clubs met. These became an annual event with President Emeritus Paul Harris attending in 1929.

In 1922, at the LA Convention, Canadian Clubs asked for the creation of a Canadian Advisory Committee. The committee was not a replica of the British territorial unit but a less formal gathering. Section 6 helped define its purpose: – “Any matter of policy exclusively national to Canadian Clubs or Canadian Rotary shall be first referred to the Committee herein, for consideration and their recommendation, that the Board of Rotary International may be guided in their actions by the said recommendations.”

Source –
Rotary in Canada : 75 Years of Service Above Self

Calum Thomson

RIBI and RI History of Districts


Winnipeg and the International Goodwill Weekend From the December 2010/January 2011 issue of “Canada History.”

President Hill’s convention page

Everett W. Hill, 1924-25

(later moved to Polson, Montana USA)

 Club 29 has been serving others for ninety years. Oklahoma City boasted a population of only 50,000 when, in 1909, a group of businessmen organized a club with membership made up of representatives of different businesses and professions. The club took the name “Iron Cross Club.”

Lee B. Mettler, President of the Kansas City Rotary Club, visited the club in November 1910. He was struck by the similarity in the membership of Rotary with the Oklahoma City group and proposed the Oklahoma City group join the Rotary association of clubs being formed. They filed for admission to the National Association of Rotary Clubs of America on November 22, 1910.

The Oklahoma City group was accepted by Rotary and a charter was issued naming the group the 29th club in Rotary as of November 7, 1911.

This is how great minds come together. Sometimes what we have in front of us may not be completely unique. We may find it to be that way, because we are not aware of something similar existing elsewhere. Only when you go around and see for yourself, will you realize the similarities and accept similar minds exist around you.

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 District 17 Conference – 1919 with a cover photo of “Black Jack” Pershing (courtesy Wolfgang Ziegler collection)

 Included in the guest list, the RI president, Governors of Kansas & Oklahoma and Secretary Ches Perry

Oklahoma’s “100+” Clubs

Oklahoma City 29

Muskogee 87


A Part of Our History of Rotary Fellowships

Note that the name was changed from “Rotary International Drug Abuse Prevention Action Group” to “Fellowship of Rotarians for the Prevention of Drug Abuse”.

The Rotary has always been known to do all that it takes to make the lives of others healthier and happier. In 1992, the Rotary International Drug Abuse Prevention Task Force was established. This organization recognized drug abuse as an international problem that was destroying many individuals as well as families. They made an endeavor to try and spread awareness so that problem of drug abuse reduces naturally.

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Skiing is enjoyed worldwide by thousands of Rotarians and their families of all ages and abilities. What better and more enjoyable avenue to build new friendships and international understanding than to join your fellow Rotarians and sharpen your skills on the slopes of the world or see the world on cross-country skis! Not only will your physical fitness improve, but with a closer understanding of Rotary ideals your spirit will be enriched as well.

By joining the Fellowship, you will not only meet Rotarians from around the world who share your interest in skiing, but you will create lasting friendships

Just as these new friendships and new relations bring happiness and peace to you, yet another way to be happy is by staying healthy and fit. But sometimes our bodies get burdened with excessive parasites that enter our system and make them toxic. By this we realize that we get tired easily, do not have the will or the energy to perform any task, suffer from various symptoms like skin eruptions, bags under the eyes or even when eyes suffer lacrimation. All of these are signs that the body has become toxic and requires to be detoxified.

When we talk about detoxifying the body, one always thinks of treatments that must be undergone after a bad hang over. But that is not always true, sometimes consumption of daily food items that we think are healthy when exceeding their moderation also result in causing parasitic growth in the body.

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The First Annual International Skiing Fellowship Meeting was held in Vail, Colorado, in February of 1974. Since that firstmeeting, Rotarian ski events have been held in the USA in California, Colorado, Idaho, Massachusetts, Utah and Wyoming. Canada has hosted events in Alberta and British Columbia. The Rotary Ski World has held events in Italy and Austria.

The Ski Fellowship annual meeting and ski week is held each year in a different location. Area events are sponsored by Rotary Clubs through-out the world and are included in the articles and calendar of our Fellowship newsletters.

The International Skiing Fellowship of Rotarians is a group of Rotarians dedicated to promoting skiing as an opportunity for fellowship and service. This fellowship operates in accordance with Rotary International policy, but is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International

President’s Name Arch C. Klumph

President’s Name Arch C. Klumph*
Presidential Year 1916-1917
Theme none
Home Town (Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Convention Host/
Convention History
Atlanta, GA, USA
June 17-21 (2,588)
Other Information
Listed as one of Rotary’s “Early Leaders” & considered the founder of today’s Rotary Foundation
Lesson from an Old Memory: The story of The Rotary Foundation
Klumph’s connection to England’s Prime minister and the assassin of President Lincoln
The Rotary Foundation dedicates the “Arch Klumph Room”
In The Rotarian (February 1915)
1951 Tribute by Crawford
Bio from The Rotarian (1916)

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Rotary International Fellowship – Old and Rare Antique Books and Prints

The Fellowship is open to:
Rotary � Rotaract � Interact � Inner Wheel

Its aims are:
� Promoting friendship and the exchange of information on a global scale among those Rotarians who share a common interest for antique books and prints;
� Transmitting the knowledge and love for old books to other Rotarians, especially the younger ones;
� Taking advantage of the latest means of communication, which allow an easy access to a heritage which, in our District, happens to be among the richest in the world.

Books are not meant to be just read, they should be well preserved too, so that the next generation and other people can read it too. These members come together to make this possible and ensure they put in the required efforts to share information about such rare books. Real book lovers, even if they are suffering from varicose veins, will use some Varikosette and continue flipping through the pages of such ancient books. This is something only a true book lover would understand.

During its initial stage, the Fellowship will operate thanks to the generous support of Biblioteca Queriniana di Brescia (one of the oldest and most famous libraries in the country). We shall benefit of its computer facilities and of the assistance of its Director Aldo Pirola, who is to be appointed Secretary of the new Fellowship.
As requested by International Regulations, the initiative has received the approval of three Governors of three different countries, and was approved by the Central Council of Rotary International in November2006.
It has therefore been enclosed in the list of the Rotary Fellowships and is, to all intents and purposes, already active on the website:

Why this kind of fellowship:
� Because among Rotarians all over the world there are numerous keen connoisseurs of antique books and prints;
� Because our District and Italy in general are abundantly endowed with this kind of cultural heritage, which, being unique, deserves protecting;
� Because the present internet facilities permit such access and consultation as were unthinkable in the past.

But above all because –
� Culture is the one element that offers multiple opportunities for a harmonious dialogue with the different realities of our world and our society.
� Because the cultural advancement of mankind is as relevant as its economic and social progress.

We trust that our project will succeed in promoting both knowledge and love for old books, while creating a pool of information accessible to all Rotarian bibliophiles, among which we have the pleasure of mentioning the Present President Bill Boyd, who quite recently declared to belong to a family of book lovers. We also hope that the use of internet will help overcoming the well-known lending reluctance that affects most bibliophiles, a diffidence which was well expressed by a medieval bibliophile:

Librum meum non prestabo, si prestabo non habebo, si habebo
non tam cito, si tam cito non tam bonum, si tam bonum perdo
amicum: Ergo nolo praestare librum.

Culture in the Rotary Clubs to the advancement of society
�It behoves to culture to promote new ideas and needs less tied to material objects, to form a class of better educated and civically conscious citizens, to create the means by which foreign cultures might meet, to promote the knowledge of foreign languages for better communication, enhancing not so much what is local but what is common to all�.
These meaningful words are, in my opinion, a compendium of the role culture should play, becoming a source where a person, who accepts life both as a challenge and a responsibility, might find his/her proper spiritual nourishment. According to the most advanced interpretation in anthropological research, by �culture� one generally means the entirety of experience, learning, system of values, choice of ways of life and modes of behaviour, through which an individual may refine and express the peculiar spiritual talents and physical endowment that will permit him/her to attempt at gaining power over nature through the discovering of its laws, and at modifying some of its aspects by means of sustained effort, while striving to make life within society more acceptable, both at family and community levels promoting personal habits and institutions.
From a historical point of view, on the other hand, culture expresses, communicates and preserves works that transmit the great experiences and spiritual aspirations of mankind, thus putting itself at the service of its progress.
Thus perceived, culture is every nation�s special heritage, reflecting their spirit and initiative, creative powers, technical and practical abilities, thus embodying the very reasons that made that nation, through the endless running of the centuries, worthy of respect and consideration. It is therefore hard, not to say impossible, to imagine that culture, the very product of intelligence and will power, which expresses the peculiar identity of each human being, might be turned into an element of restriction, of subordination, and an obstacle to the growth and development of mankind. Culture can and must be the foundation of any true moral and civic advancement of a nation.
Unfortunately, in the course of the twentieth century,culture did not progress as one might have wished or indeed expected; on the contrary, it suffered from long periods of profound disorientation condemned, as it was, to secondary roles of subordination. The causes of what may correctly be defined a cultural crisis are to be found in the historical circumstances that characterised the century.
The whole world as well as our own country are overcome by the winds of insecurity, fear, mistrust, and anxiety about the future. But if we show the will, the energy, and the courage to restore life and voice to culture, there may be good reasons for hope.
In particular all of us Rotarians, in an effort to dispel this deep feeling of disorientation, ought to take upon ourselves the heaviest burden of responsibilities towards the community, the environment, and every single human being. Fulfilling this duty represents an indispensable basis to prove our awareness of the significance of the facts, when they relate to the fundamental meaning of life, of the environment, of solidarity, in short, of the individual as a person called by destiny to transcendence.
Not only do the study of humanities and culture restore our dignity as human beings, but they provide us with the correct choices whether political, economic or social. Moreover, culture gives a meaning to all daily events, both private and public, whereby a horizon of hope might open upon present and future history.
Welcome to culture, then, which has been scorned, forgotten, and often manipulated to achieve base ends.
It will offer us food for discussion, thought, and investigation upon issues that concern all of us, and would otherwise be in the hands of the few, let alone remain unresolved. What is needed are reference points that may prove firm and open to testing.
What is needed is going back to truth, to a culture free from conditioning, from ideologies, not enslaved by regimes or parties, as in the worst of tyrannies. Culture will prove to be our best instrument in rising from the dev� astation suffered by the moral values of our country and to restore us to the rank of nation. �The common glories of our past, the common will for the present, having accomplished great feats together, the desire to accomplish more, these are the fundamental conditions for the making of a nation. A heritage of glories and remorse for what concerns the past, a common project for the future: the existence of a nation may be considered a daily plebiscite.�

I had a telephone conversation with dear Prof. Tristano Bolelli, founder and long President of the Galileo Galilei Award. On that occasion he reminded me that words are the essential vehicle of culture, the voice through which some of the great Muses find expression. Obviously as we all know Prof. Bolelli was a great, illustrious glottologist. Nor am I less convinced of the fundamental importance of the �word�.
Accordingly, since its earliest days, Rotary was especially concerned with the transmission of science, culture, and information. And we Rotarians, Paul Harris�s distant heirs, cannot but share his concern, and we pledge to renew his commitment, convinced as we are that learning and knowledge mean understanding, and understanding will generate mutual respect and friendship, which are among the noblest Rotarian ideals. With a view of exalting the functions of intelligence, science, and culture, Rotary Italy created the Galileo Galilei Award, which grows yearly in importance and recognition, so as to be considered the Italian Nobel Prize.
Our District is proud to announce that a project has been recently established as a Rorary Fellowship (Old and Rare Books and Prints). It is a socially and culturally worthy initiative, aimed at promoting friendly global exchange of information among those Rotarians who share the love for antique books and prints. And since I am aware that a new mode of thinking is on the way among the best educated and attentive minds, a trend that somewhat looks back to a more balanced relation between the material and the spiritual, I feel entitled to express such attitude. If this idea is right, then it is up to us Rotarians to translate it into realistic terms by planning and promoting a number of specific cultural and educational projects, covering all possible levels especially destined to the younger generation since they represent our future.

Allow me to start a conversation on antique books with this self-evident truth:� None of us would be what we are had our forefathers not possessed the instrument that enabled them to hand down to us the knowledge of what they were and did!�
Generation after generation, even the most distant in time, have left their imprints on the planet. Prehistoric man was a person like any of us, complete with his own complex inner self; and yet he could but carry such �human� heritage to his grave, because, deprived as he was of a writing system, he was unable to give it permanence. Indeed, it is writing that marks the discrimination between documented fact and Prehistory The road to the development of writing was long and even now is partly undiscovered: probably the process involved the gradual representation of reality, together with all its relative concepts, in a more and more abstract manner, by means of pictograms and ideograms, following models employed in Egypt and in the modern Far East.

In time, such signs must have acquired a phonetic value to replace the conceptual one, becoming, within the Mediterranean area, proper alphabet letters, through the composition of which, it was discovered one could create an infinite number of words to cover the endless demands of factual life. In fact, the �invention� of our writing system is attributed to the Phoenicians, a nation given to commerce. Nevertheless, beside a durable mode of transmission of thought (the alphabet), it was imperative to find a solid material to imprint, i.e. writing material. Nature offered stone, and later metals. During an archaic stage, the inner part of bark was used, which in Latin was called �liber�. But it was undoubtedly the Egyptian papyrus that emerged as the writing material more apt to have a durable employment, not least due to the Rare Antique Books and Prints ductility and resistance provided by strips made by intertwining the fibres from the stems of this plant, which grew plentiful on the banks of the Nile. Such strips could easily be rolled on and off a wooden pivot, forming a scroll called �volumen� from the Latin verb �volvere�, meaning rolling.

The intensive exploitation of the papyrus plantations and the difficulties in procuring it promoted the usage of a different type of writing material, which had been invented and used for centuries in the town of Pergamum, i.e. parchment or vellum (pergamena). It consisted of the skin of a young animal (lamb, goat or calf), duly prepared, smoothed out and cut in sheets, which were then sewn together to produce a series of pages, thus representing the prototype of the modern book format. Out of each single animal one could obtain about four parchment sheets; consequently, in order to copy a Bible, it would have been necessary to sacrifice a whole herd. This also explains why books were, during the whole length of the Middle Ages, extremely precious and rare objects, mainly produced in monasteries, where flocks of sheep and herds of cattle were abundant. The rarity and preciousness of books demanded their being ornamented by polychrome decorations of considerable artistic level; hence, the art of miniature illumination, cultivated for centuries within the medieval scriptoria. In fact, following the fall of the Roman Empire, illumination was for centuries the only form of pictorial art cultivated in the Western world. Working conditions in a monastic scriptorium must have been dire. Freezing in winter, scorching in summer, tall and very hard desks, lack of any form of enlargement tools, and the necessity of self producing the ingredients needed for the job � colours made out of herbs and flowers, ink out of soot, or even gold and silver, brushes from the hair of animal hides and bird feathers to write with � all of which meant rigidly disciplined amanuenses, whose endeavours produced such great masterpieces.

For centuries, the making of books went on by these methods until, around the middle of the 15th century, something occurred that would change the destiny of mankind: the introduction of the printing press by Johann Gutenberg. In the region surrounding Mainz, presses had been used for centuries, both to press grapes and house-linen. What Gutenberg envisaged was the possibility of an innovative application of the press to his own true great invention: the movable types. By pouring an alloy of molten metals into special moulds, he was able to obtain the different letters of the alphabet, which would then be assembled and disassembled to form words. Later, by putting the stencils obtained by such process under the press, it became possible to print the text upon a sheet of paper or vellum. By then, paper made, according to the Chinese technique, out of rags had become of common usage in Europe. The impact of the new technique represented a true revolution, since it made it possible to produce books in large numbers � the new concept of edition � at much lower costs compared with the medieval manuscript. The greater circulation of books was the answer to the increased demand for education of the period, and was the vehicle of Humanism in Europe, together with Renaissance, the protestant Reformation and, along those lines of Enlightenment and of all the vast and articulated ideas which characterize the world we live in. The following centuries saw a growing and better development of the printing methods until mechanical printing machinery was replaced by digital computerized technology. Thus we come to our epoch, beyond the fateful year 1830, which is indicated by the world competent organizations (IFLA = International Federation of Librarian Association) as the discriminating date between antique and modern books.
The Rotarian Fellowship recently founded represents an instrument for knowledge and research into the reality of antique books. Thanks to it, it will be possible to circulate news and information regarding editions, publishers, bindings, illumination, particularly interesting copies from historical, scientific, and economic fields, opening new perspectives of discovery into a territory that has been so far lacking in adequate research and in-depth investigation. Aldo Pirola

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International Fellowship of Railroading Rotarians

if-rr_website_august_24_2007002001.jpgif-rr_website_august_24_2007002003.jpgThe IF-RR is for Rotarians who have an interest in Railroading of any type!

Steam! Diesel! Model RR!
Rail Fanning! Collecting!
Private Rail Cars, Trolley Cars!

Share ideas, plans, photos!
Visit and see Railroads both model and full scale!

The International Fellowship of Railroading Rotarians is made up of Rotarians who have an interest in railroading in any format, type, size or related interests.  This may consist of steam, diesel, electric, model railroads, rail fan photography, rail travel, railroad collectibles, private rail cars, trolley cars and what ever related interest there is from the membership.

Trains are a great invention and getting to know how it all started, where it all started and the journey it went through to reach what it is today is simply fascinating. Many members are so keen on this field that this fellowship was received with a lot of excitement and agreement.

Many will not have the access to various stations to tour the trains or have access to get up close and personal with the vintage trains. Instead of showing these trains in the museum, we organize fellowships where these rail road enthusiasts can get closer to the trains and learn more about them.

Many may not have had the time to travel in different trains. This is the problem for people with money and contacts. They have access and can afford but don’t have the time. These fellowships are well organized in advance, so that the participants can plan. Thus giving them the opportunity to travel in different trains – with great company.

One can even find out what happens to the trains once they are old or have too many technical issues to repair. If you have thinning hair, the health of your hair can be restored with the help of Hair MegaSpray, but what can  a train do when its parts have become too weak or rusted? What happens when a better engine is invented? These are some of the questions such rail road enthusiasts can give answers for. Such is their interest in and knowledge about trains.

When these members get together, there is a lot of discussions about trains and when their passion is reciprocated, they for great friendships. Also, members are encouraged to continue being a part of this organization and help Rotary grow further.

We will arrange railroading activities and events as the membership desires. This may range from organizing or providing assistance for train travel international and national, to sharing tips and ideas for model railroads.  The website and email newsletter are great places to announce railroading events for all to visit and participate.  Perhaps one has visited a historical or preserved railway or has one in their community; this is the place to let others know about it.

The email newsletter and website are a place to show off your interests with photos of trains you have seen, layouts you have visited, models built, etc. It is also a discussion opportunity to get answers to questions you have about railroading. They are a place to share your railroading experiences with others who have the same interest.  You can also swap and sell train memorabilia, model trains and related items.

This fellowship will continue the traditions of railroading around the world.  With Railroading Rotarians communicating and sharing the past, present and further of railroading will be preserved.Don Schiller, PDG
Rotary International District 5490
Prescott, AZ 86303

Rotarian Home Exchange Fellowship

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Home Exchange is the vacation alternative where two families agree to swap homes “you stay in my house while I stay in yours.” The exchange can be as short as a weekend or several months (two to three weeks is usual).

The Rotary club understood that it is one of the best and most economic way in which families can enjoy vacations, visit different parts of the world and get a taste of the actual homes over there. It also is easy on the pockets and enhances inter personal relationships, along with bringing an internal peace and harmony within the individuals.

When talking about peace and harmony within one’s self, it is important to be in sync with nature. Sadly this has now become more and more difficult. In today’s times, there is a tremendous stress on almost everyone. Whether the stress is to meet deadlines at work, or even if it is stress at home due to various reasons. The pressure to perform often makes a person neglect their own health or resort to short cut methods to feel better.

Unfortunately, these short cut methods are only short term relief, as they will take you away from nature which will, in turn, cause only harm.

We all are aware that science and technology has made tremendous progress, so much that it has helped to bring people from all over the world closer virtually. But it has also taken away individuals away from nature.

Products like Frumusete Sanatate firmly believe that the closer you are to your base, which is nature the happier and healthier you will be. However, there are also many commercially available medical cosmetic products that claim to have naturally occurring products but in case if they contain powerful components in their active form, they will cause more harm than good.

Yet another problem of being away from nature is obesity. Obesity is slowly becoming an increasing problem. Not simply because it is not appealing aesthetically but also because obesity brings along it loads of other co-related conditions that include cardio vascular problems, high blood pressure, increased levels of cholesterol, an exacerbation of diabetes mellitus and much more.

The combat with obesity is never easy, but it is possible. As one need not get into major investments or work out to the level of an athlete. Simple natural brisk walking, jogging, running, or swimming will do the trick. The only thing along with that is a balanced diet and obesity could be a thing of the past.

Regular exercise does not just bring along with it weight loss, but also a feel good factor along with it. It helps to flex the muscles which in turn become toned and appear better. It also improves the hormonal system as exercising helps the release of dopamine which is the ‘feel good’ hormone of the body. So it overall not just makes you look good but helps you feel better from within as well.

And most importantly helps you be as close to nature as possible.

It is a known fact that if you are feeling good about yourself, it will show in the form of a glow on your face and shine on your skin. It will also help you be closer to nature and be in perfect sync with it.

The Rotary Home Exchange Fellowship has encouraged this environmentally friendly, comfortable, and economical activity for over 30 years. Thousands of Rotarians have had glorious vacations and experiences from Taipei to Toronto, San Francisco to Sydney, or London to Los Angeles. International understanding has been improved the old fashioned way, one friendship at a time.


This badge was found by our historian colleague, Dr.  Wolfgang Ziegler and triggered off a search for its origin which has not yet been resolved.   The central part of what is otherwise a normal Rotary lapel badge, seems to show the symbols of Freemasonry, the set square and compasses, while the letter ‘G’ in the centre is also an indication of the Scottish Rite of Masonry. We know that many of the early Rotarians were Masons and  that, according to C.R. Hewitt in ‘Towards My Neighbour’, some Rotary clubs recruited exclusively from Freemasons until the practice was banned in the 1920s.  To date, no precise details of these links have been found in the archives of either body.

Many such details are not clear when we look back at things that have come into existence many years ago. A lot of research is required to unearth the meaning behind many things. The fear of the unknown is one that spares none and many hesitate and fear the worst when they are not sure about what they are associated with.  A trader goes through this feeling very regularly as he does not know what will happen to the market and this anxiety may cause him to take wrong decisions. Automated software like The Brit Method, prevents such mistakes.

The relationship was a matter of some discussion and in February 1923, an article in ‘The Rotary Wheel’  sought to allay fears among Rotarians who might think that their membership of the one could cause problems in the other.

However, many people who did not know much about these organisations, thought that Rotary was a form of Masonry.  This eventually led to a much more serious problem when the Catholic Church, which had long been an antagonist of Masonry, classed Rotary as a similar organisation.

Also see the Ziegler Collection G.K. Chesterton who was often a vocal critic of Rotary, was a Catholic convert. and his adherence to the sectarian line may have coloured his views.

The problems seem to have started in Spain about 1928 when  the Bishops of  Almeria, Leon,  Orense, Palencia and Tuy  laid charges that  Rotary is  “nothing else but a new satanic  organisation with the same background and teachings of masonry” and that “according to documents and reliable sources, Rotary is a suspected organisation, and should be considered as execrable and perverse”. The Church also criticised and condemned Rotary for showing  a concept of life and of service without reference to church teaching.  Indeed, it seems that  they believed it a secret society with quasi-religious overtones as many in the Church thought was the case with Freemasonry.  For whatever reason, the Vatican took up the reins and  in 1929 issued a decree that “it is not expedient” for Catholic priests to participate in Rotary either as members or guests. This decree and its implications were worrying to the many Catholics in Rotary not the least the then President Tom Sutton who was himself a Catholic, and former Chancellor Germany Wilhelm Cuno, a member in Hamburg. Critical and at times disparaging articles regularly appeared in Catholic newspapers, especially in the  ‘Civilta Cattolica’ in Italy, and Tom Sutton went off to Rome to try to convince the Papal authorities that Rotary was not Masonic, and that it was a movement which was not in conflict with any Catholic teaching.

Sutton’s attempts to convince the Secretary of State in the Vatican, Cardinal Gaspari, were fruitless and the anti-Rotary articles continued to be published.  An even more virulent article later appeared in Paris in ‘La France Catholique’ making allegations about both Paul Harris and the links between Rotary and Freemasonry, which were later reprinted in the Baltic paper ‘Rytas’.

The factual errors could be, and promptly were shown to be false, and by 1933  there was a mood swing in the Vatican, perhaps partly occasioned by the number of prominent and influential Catholics throughout the world who were joining Rotary.  Priests were now allowed to use their discretion about attending or even joining Rotary.   Nevertheless, one of the results of the Church’s attitude was the slow development of Rotary in some predominantly Catholic countries such as Ireland.  

This uneasy peace continued until 1951 when another Vatican decree warned priests that they should not join Rotary and that “the faithful should be aware of seditious and suspected organisations”.  

By then, however, the world had changed and the decree caused an immediate angry response, among others from the then Catholic President of RI, Arthur Laqueux, and from the Rotarian Catholic Bishop of Fort Wayne, Indiana, who publicly declared  the decree “quite incomprehensible”.

Fairly soon, the Vatican began to retract. The official newspaper ‘Osservatore Romano’ wrote “In some nations, because of a prevalent Masonic influx, the action of Rotary Clubs has conflicted with the activity and the needs of the Church.  It must be said, however, that such has not been the case in other nations where the attitude of Rotary has shown itself in practice tolerant and benevolent towards religious interests.”By the end of the decade, the Catholic Truth Society was able to declare that “Rotary is neither secret nor seditious”.  It was nevertheless still regarded as a “society banned under pain of sin only”  and not of “sin and excommunication”.  Gradually there was a thaw in relations between the Church and Rotary. In 1970 Pope Pius VI addressed Rotarians in Italy, and in 1979 Pope John Paul II spoke to the International Convention in Rome, praising some of Rotary’s humanitarian programmes at a  special audience in the Vatican.  Later he accepted a Paul Harris Fellowship and a World Understanding and Peace Award from Rotary, while Catholic priests throughout the world were taking positions of authority, even serving as District Governors.

As Alvarez points out, it was not only Rotary that was condemned during the 1930s and 1940s.  The Lions Clubs and even the YMCA incurred the wrath of the Vatican. In fact, the condemnation of the Y.M.C.A. was even earlier in 1920 when it was described as “White Masonry”, on the grounds that “such organisation, while showing special concern for the youth, corrupted their faith, teaching them a conception of life dispensing with the Church and all religious teachings. The Y.M.C.A. is contributing to the decay of the youth’s faith, by affirming that its purpose  is to show them a conception of life without churches or religious confession”.


Section Home • Paul Harris 711 Club • Join the Paul Harris Room 711 Club • Background Index • How it Happened • From Chicago • Where is 711? • Norm Recalls • A Tour of the room • 711 Photo Gallery • Gus Loehr • GUSTAVE LOEHR: ROTARY�S FORGOTTEN FOUNDER • The Harris’s • Hyram Elmer Shorey

HIRAM ELMER SHOREY 29 August 1862 – 29 March 1944

Hiram Shorey, like Paul Harris, was a small town New Englander whose antecedents had come out to America in the 17h century. Several people have been tracking Hiram’s family history in particular George Rogers of Litchfield, Maine.

One starting point for a search were Hiram’s obituaries; in the Chicago Daily News for Friday 31 March, 1944, Hiram Shorey was described as being “aged 82, a Loop tailor for half a century and one of the founders, in 1905, of the Rotary Club”. The Chicago Tribune added that “Mr. Shorey was a merchant tailor from Litchfield, Me.” These suggest that he had been in Chicago since at least 1894 as well as confirming that Hiram was born in Litchfield, Maine � 1862.
The relevant entries were as follows:-

Descendants of Jacob Shorey
Generation No. 1
1. JACOB SHOREY. bapt May 30 1736
October 27, 1756 Berwick, Maine Generation No. 2 2. JOHN SHOREY (JACOB 1) born May 21,1758, Litchfield,Me
m. MARY KILGORE. Dec 12, 1779
died Aug 14, 1837, Litchfield,Me.

Generation No. 3
3. HIRAM SHOREY(a) (JOHN 2, JACOB 1) born Mar 6, 1786,
Berwick, Me
m. REBECCA CHADBURN Feb 4, 1814 or 1815
died February 23, 1870, Litchfield, Maine.

Generation No. 4
born April 5, 1835 or 1836 Litchfield, Maine
married LOUISE E. PURRINGTON Sept 15, 1861.

Generation No. 5

born August 09, 1862, Litchfield, Me.
died March 29 1944, Chicago, Il

The next search had to be for JACOB’s (1) ancestry.

The patriarch of the family was probably Sampson Shores, born in Buckland Brewer, Devon, England in 1614. Sampson married twice, the first time to Abigail Benson in 1640 in Buckland Brewer where his wife was born. They had a daughter Eunice, but Abigail must have died at or shortly after the birth because about a year later Sampson Shore married Abigail Purchase in Massachusetts. The Purchases came from Dorchester, Dorset where Abigail was born on July 4 1624. The likely scenario is therefore that Sampson emigrated to America immediately after the death of his wife and that Eunice went to be raised by a family member in Devon because she subsequently married Charles Glidden in Bideford in 1658. Meanwhile Sampson working as a tailor, appears in Boston, Mass in 1641 and there he joined the church in January 1642. later becoming a Deacon. With his second wife he raised a new family between 1643 and 1660. In this family Jonathan was the oldest, born in 1643. There were four daughters: Abigail, Susanna, Ann, and Elizabeth, and probably four other sons. Jonathan eventually went to live in Lynn. The IGI gives a further two earlier generations of SHORES, George born 1571 and his father John born 1545, both in Warleggon in Cornwall. There is some doubt about this attribution because a search in Warleggon by a local Rotarian has failed to find any Shores there. However, we can be reasonably sure that Hiram Shorey’s ancestors came from the West Country.

Generation A
A. JOHN SHORE born Before 1545
Warleggon, Cornwall, England Generation B B. GEORGE (John 1) SHORE born Dec 19, 1571,
Warleggon, Cornwall, England Generation C
C SAMPSON (John A, George B) SHORE
born Abt 1614 Devon, England
Generation D
D. JOHNATHAN (John A, George B, Sampson C) SHOREY
born April 12, 1643, Boston, Mass
Jan 15 1668 Boston, Mass
died ? Rehoboth, Mass
Generation E
E SAMUEL (John A, George B, Sampson C, Johnathan D) SHOREY
born Feb 1, 1683, Lynn, Mass
April 29, 1702 Kittery, Me
died August 18, 1769, Kittery, Me

Generation F
F JOHN (John A, George B, Sampson C, Johnathan D, Samuel E) SHOREY
b. Aug 10, 1704, Kittery, Me
Mar 15, 1725 Berwick
died < July 1762

Generation G or Generation No. 1 supra
JACOB SHOREY bapt May 30 1736

George Rogers found that John Shorey, a Deacon, had been married twice. The Marriage Records of Berwick (Maine) show a marriage between John Shorey and Amy Hodson on March 15 1725, and the Berwick Birth Records list two children of this union, Amy, baptised May 18 1728 and Sarah, baptised July 19, 1730. A third child, Mary, baptised July 2 1732, was recorded as the child of John and Mary Shorey. This was also true of the fourth child, John, on July 28, 1734. This suggests that John’s first wife, Amy, had died and that he married a woman named Mary circa 1731. The remaining children, Mary born on July 2, 1732 and Jacob baptised on May 30, 1736, were the children of this second wife, Mary Clark. This was confirmed in Deacon John’s will, probated in July 1762 which mentions a widow, Mary who appears in Clark family records too. This gave us JACOB son of JOHN SHOREY and MARY CLARK. The IGI showed Deacon John Shorey, born August 10 1704 in Kittery, Maine, as the son of SAMUEL SHOREY and his wife MARY THOMPSON RHODES. Samuel and Mary married on April 29, 1702 in Kittery, This Samuel was shown as born on February 1 1683 in Lynn, Mass. George Rogers does have difficulties about this provenance.

Firstly, he had found evidence that a soldier called Samuel Shorey had been called home to Braintree, Mass in 1690. As George wrote:
“‘The Genealogical Dictionary of Maine and New Hampshire’ by Walter G.
Davis, Sybil Noyes, and Charles T. Libbey is a very reliable source. It says that the Samuel Shores of Braintree who was a soldier at Piscataqua (Portsmouth, NH) in 1690 and later in Saco, Maine in 1696, is the same man who married Mary Rhodes on 28 April 1702. If it is true that the Samuel who married Mary Rhodes was a soldier in 1690, he can hardly be born in 1683 as the IGI suggests. What is possible is that his birth in 1683 is incorrect.

In fact if we move this date back 10 years to 1673, the whole story is possible. At present this is uncertain.


The immediate background of Silvester (also spelled Sylvester) Schiele has been looked into with some success by Amos Thomas of the Brazil RC.

Described by Harris as “my most intimate Chicago friend, and one of the three who first met with me for dinner on Thursday evening, the 23rd of February, 1905”, Schiele became the first President of the club in Chicago, remaining a constant member till his death in 1945.

Perhaps the best source for the background of Silvester Schiele comes from the family bible which is still in the possession of his descendants.

Sylvester (sic) according to the IGI was born on June 29, 1870, in the small township of Montgomery, Pennsylvania, a few miles South of Williamsport. However, the Bible suggests otherwise. It was presented to his wife, “Mrs. Elizabeth Schiele by Her Husband, M. Schiele. April 8th 1882.”

On the page labelled ‘Births’, the entries include:- Michael Schiele Nov 2 1831 in Germany
Mary Margaret Miller born May 15 1839 in Pennsylvania
Elizabeth Krieble born April 3 1844 in Penn
Reuben Jacob Schiele born June 27 1857 Ohio
David Franklin Schiele born Sept 6 1859 Ohio
William Albert Schiele born July 4 1868 Indiana
SILVESTER SCHIELE born June 29 1870 Indiana
Nathan Cook Schiele born Jan 31 1879 Indiana
Andrew Draton Schiele born Dec 20 1882 Indiana
Charles Oscar Schiele born Feb 1 1885 Indiana
There were also six girls and an eighth boy.

In the section in the Bible marked ‘Deaths’, entries include:- Mary Margaret Schiele first wife of Michael Schiele died July 28 1866 in Clay County, Indiana

Michael Schiele died Sept 12 1897 in Clay County, Indiana Elizabeth Schiele died February 12 1922 in Clay City, Indiana Silvester Schiele died Dec 17 1945 in Chicago, Illinois

Michael, born in Germany, married Mary Miller on July 13 1856, in Medina County, Ohio (Travis), some 4 or 5 years after arriving in New York.

According to the IGI, Mary was born in Springfield, Fayette, Pennsylvania, but was of German stock. In their 10 years of marriage, she produced six children but died in 1866 in childbirth, after bearing twins, Rosena who died 3 months later, and Mary Elizabeth who lived until January 10 1948.

A few months later, on February 12, 1867, Michael married Elizabeth Krieble, the union producing a further nine children including Silvester.

The 1880 U.S. Census for Harrison Township, Clay County, Indiana, describes Michael as a farmer, assisted by his sons, Reuben, David and Henry, while Sylvester (sic) and the younger sons and daughters were “at home”. In ‘The History of Clay County, Indiana’ by Battery, published in 1889, there is a section about Michael Schiele. This describes him as:
“farmer and stock raiser, the fourth child of Michael and Mary (Smith) Schiele, both natives of Germany. The subject of this sketch emigrated to America in the spring of 1852, landing in New York City, whence he went to Montgomery County, Penn.” Michael is said to have left Pennsylvania with just 27 cents in his pocket.

After two years in Pennsylvania, 1852-3, he went from there “to Ohio, where he remained until 1861, when he moved to Indiana, stopping a few months in Owen County, then going to Harrison Township, Clay County, where he has since lived.” Owen County is adjacent to Clay County so the move was not a major one.

The mention of Montgomery, PA appears to confirm the Bible and IGI references to Montgomery County, an area frequented by the Pennsylvania Dutch or more properly Deutsch, and Michael’s wife is described elsewhere as being of “German parentage”. Travis in a ‘History of Clay County’ of 1909 describes them spending eight years probably in Copely in Medina County, West of Akron. This must have been from 1853-1861.

According to Battery, Michael was not brought up to be a farmer but after 8 years at school in Germany, he followed his father, also named Michael, into the trade of shoe making. In fact, the young Michael worked as a shoemaker in America until he could afford to buy land for farming. When the family moved to Indiana, their circumstances soon changed. James Walsh quoting Paul Harris says that the family lived in a log cabin in their early days in Clay County and the site of this and of the family farm has been identified by Rtn Amos Thomas of the Brazil RC. By 1889, this farm had grown to one of over 220 acres, triple the size of the one in 1870 when Silvester was born. Michael’s son Reuben later became one of the most prosperous farmers in the County.

The 1880 Census shows Michael as born in ‘Prussia’, the fourth son of an earlier Michael Schiele and his wife Mary Magdalene Smith (Schmidt??). This older Michael, Silvester’s grandfather, was born in Wittenberg, according to Travis, and was also married there. Wittenberg is a small town halfway between Leipzig and Berlin in the area called Halle and had come under Prussian control in 1815. This university town was where Martin Luther nailed his tracts to the church doors. It was from here that Silvester’s father made his way to New York.

It has not been possible so far to trace the German origins of Silvester Schiele.

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