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License Plate Collecting

License Plate Collecting 

CAR TAGCollectors of Automobile Registration Tags from Around the Globe

Brings together Rotarians around the world who participate in the hobby of license plate collecting.  Publishes a quarterly newsletter and manufactures and distributes unique collectible RI Convention license plates since 1992.

Dues are $20 per year.  For more information contact one of the fellowship officers:

Chair– Marcus Crotts, 10 Gomer Lane, Winston-Salem, NC  27106 USA;

Secretary & Treasurer– Gordon White, PO Box 308, Mt. Sidney, VA  24467 USA;

Vice Chair, Founder, & Bulletin Manager— Don Jacobovitz, 107 Magnolia Dr., East Palatka, FL  32131 USA.


LATIN CULTURE –   Marcelo Frangiosa

The Fellowship maintains a web page with members� information, and gives space to its members to publish material in their spheres of interest.

Translation is one venue which has received a lot of interest for decades. People learn new languages and pass on that knowledge by translating. This translation service helps bridge numerous cultural and language gaps which otherwise splits up people and keep them apart.

Communication is the key to any relationship and this is no less important when it comes to people from different countries or different backgrounds. Rotary International focuses on relationships not only between its members of one club but between members of various clubs too. This includes clubs from other countries and hence the need for translation.

When this need arose and we had people volunteering, it was put out on a bigger scale to help the general public. These members are ready to happily sit and sip on a glass of Chocolate Slim, while translating pages from one language to another.

Some are well versed in quite a number of languages and this helps in getting mpre work done. These people help in translating one document into a number of other languages, without having to seek help from the home country.

The biggest advantage in an international organization like Rotary is, we are never in shortage for a volunteer. There are many people who want to serve others with whatever they have. Not everyone can give money and money is not what is required at all times. Services such as these can add a lot of value and can help build sturdy relationships between clubs and even countries.

The Fellowship members share a very active discussion forum about Rotary Information, including a translation service into Spanish and Portuguese of the latest R.I. News. A volunteer group of translator members feed the Fellowship with the latest R.I. information available, as soon as it gets out of Evanston.

The Fellowship promotes and encourages individual members to circulate information about the activities of their clubs and districts, allowing sharing ideas, and best practical experiences. This is a key area of the fellowship as it allows members to ask/offer advice and help in different regions. Members act as ambassadors and help build bridges across the countries: if something that cannot be solved by a club in one given place is published, a member in some different area of the region will no doubt come forward with a solution. This not only covers activities, but also includes Rotarians traveling in/outside the region, and Rotary Foundation scholars, for example.

The Fellowship participates in Community Service activities proposed by members in a given place, and collectively help to solve problems, including funding some activities. One example is the proposal from Rotary Club Oliva, in Cordoba, Argentina, to help patients at a Mental Hospital in their area by obtaining a milk cow. Mental Health experts believe such a project ameliorates patients conditions and help them develop areas of activity and responsibility. The Rotarian cow is to join a bread producing activity at the same Hospital, and fellowship members not only are donating funds (coming from all over Latin America and Spain and France), but are involving their clubs and individual club colleagues to support this project. A few experts in dairy production have already come forward to advise on this issue.

The Fellowship organizes face to face meetings in different regions of Argentina like Tandil and Mar del Plata, giving members an opportunity to share weekends together, after and in addition to their daily exchanges on the net. Thus, members can reinforce the bonds of friendship and can enrich their knowledge of Rotary.

The Fellowship has participated in promoting its activities at the 99th Rotary International Convention in Los Angeles.


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

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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Glen W. Kinross
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> James L. Lacy
(Cookeville, Tennessee, USA)
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Singapore, Singapore
June 13-16 (17,903) </style=”font-size:>
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Carlo Ravizza
(Milan, Italy)
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June 4-7 (14,301) </style=”font-size:>
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(An�huac in Mexico City, Mexico)
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(Niles in Fremont, California, USA)
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>  Barcelona, Spain
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Bhichai Rattakul
(Dhonburi in Bangkok, Thailand)
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Brisbane, Australia
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(Kano, Kano State, Nigeria)

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22-26 May 2004

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(Shades Valley, Ala., USA)

Celebrate Rotary Chicago, IL, USA

19-22 June 2005

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Service Above Self Malm� / Copenhagen

June 11-14, 2006

 2006-2007 William Boyd

(Pakuranga, New Zealand)

New Orleans, LA, USA

June 24-28 2007

 2007-2008 Wilfrid J. Wilkinson

(Trenton, Ontario, Canada)

Los Angeles, CA USA

June 15-18 2008

Doug Rudman  Rotary History Fellow

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> In the August 1931 issue of The Rotarian, RI President Sydney W. Pascall of Great Britain wrote an article called “Consolidate, Investigate, Translate.” He was the first European to be elected RIP. In his think-piece he talks about the need for RI to be able to communicate with all its members in their own languages. His third paragraph reads as follows: “I have no slogan to suggest, no motto for the year, and Rotary needs no motto other than “Service” – “Service” unqualified, unconditional. “Let him that would be great among you be servant of all”; that is the Rotarian’s high aim.” My first response is that there are three great mottos here, (1) Consolidate, Investigate, Translate, (2) Service and (3) Service, Unqualified, Unconditional. Second, he embraces the universal concept of service, and everything else in Rotary is a subset.  <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” face=”MS Sans Serif, Verdana, Arial”> Doug Rudman<style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” face=”MS Sans Serif, Verdana, Arial”> </style=”font-size:></style=”font-size:></style=”font-size:>


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 <style=”font-size: 9pt?=””>Paul Harris’ unpublished diary of his journey to Europe in 1932</style=”font-size:>


Rotarians on the Internet

Rotarians on the Internet
The seed for ROTI was planted in the mid 90’s when a Rotarian from the Rotary Club of National City, California, USA established a Rotary interest group list on the original Prodigy system.

The internet is THE place to be today. Everything happens over the internet and it makes the world much more smaller than what telephones did. Anyone and everyone can communicate with one another, irrespective of the distance and the different time zones, absolutely free too.

Today, when one wants to know more about any organization, they seek information on the internet and this makes it very important to make your presence online. Rotary International, though very well known, is always on the lookout for new members and having this internet fellowship will help getting more members easily. One need not speak at length about Rotary to create awareness nor does one have to go from door to door, seeking members. When it is on the internet, it reaches more people than intended or anticipated. As a result more people get to know about Rotary and we have more members coming in each year.

Even communication has become easier with the internet. A group of Rotarians can be contacted at the same time and people can discuss issues in their respective groups rather than one person calling the other or asking all members to meet in person to discuss something.

Also, it opens a lot of doors to Rotary as members from across the world can be reached and other organizations can be contacted too. One does not just get Frumusete Sanatate on the internet but also details about the economy and various other projects that has been carried out in different ideas.

The idea of an actual fellowship grew when Rotarian Darryl McKeller from New Zealand started talking on the list about trying to form a new Rotary International fellowship on the Internet specifically created for Rotarians using the internet. At that time, there were approximately 30 Rotarians from 6 or 7 countries on the list that communicated with each other. The group began to discuss the idea of a group of Rotarians using the internet for better communication for Rotarians all over the world; the goal was to eventually become a Rotary recreational Fellowship with a few hundred members.

After a year of work, developing the total package needed for a fellowship according to the rules set by Rotary International and an organizational effort, fellowship status was granted by RI and by winter of 1996-97, the group welcomed its one hundredth members to the fellowship.

In 1998, the ROTI Fellowship had a booth at the Indianapolis convention, where ROTI was introduced to thousands of Rotarians and hundreds of new members signed up.

ROTI had its first real chance to make a major change in the Rotary World when future RI president Frank Devlyn spent time at the ROTI booth learning about the unlimited potential of the Internet and the value it could be to Rotary International in improved communications and time and cost savings. When he became Rotary International President in 2000-01, Frank called on ROTI members to assist him in creating a major internet presence in every club and District in the Rotary world. That changed the way that all communications between Rotary International and Rotary clubs and Districts, so that everything that used to be handled by snail mail is now conducted through the Internet. We are proud to have been a big part of that revolution.

The Fellowship of Literacy Providers




The Fellowship of Literacy Providers is a group of Rotarians, from around the world, who are interested in sharing ideas, information and techniques for improving literacy.

There are many people who don’t know to read just because they were not given a chance to learn. There are people who are not interested are just don’t have the patience to learn to read and write, but there are people who are smart, quick to learn yet never learnt to read or write due to various reasons.


One of the main reasons for illiteracy is poverty. People don’t have the money to eat a decent meal in a day, leave alone read and write. As a result, every country has a high illiteracy rate.


There are many people around the world who realize this to be a problem and want to do something about it. There are literacy providers who go from place to place to teach the poor and illiterate to read and write for free. There are volunteers who conduct classes on a regular basis, s that a section of the illiterate people can be educated.


At Rotary, its visionaries realized this problem has to be handled and people need to be taught, thus the idea of bringing all the literacy providers together. Bringing these people together will not only create a good bond between these people but will also throw the doors open for new ideas and programs that can benefit people in a great way.


The idea for the Fellowship was developed by PDG Harold C. (Hal) Shipley of Rotary International District 5180 which covers much of the Sacramento Valley of California, USA.  Hal had been the District Chairman of the Literacy Committee since 1998 and was very interested in finding ways to improve the literacy level in his district.


Hal contacted several like-minded District Governors and Past District Governors from around the world and in 2004 applied to the Board of Directors of Rotary International for approval of the Fellowship and the approval was granted in November 2004.


The Fellowship started with 18 members from five different countries and three different states.  During the 2005 International Convention in Chicago, Illinois, USA, Hal set up a Literacy Booth in the House of Friendship and was able to increase the size of the Fellowship to 139 members from 34 different countries and 35 different states.  The Fellowship also has members from 137 different Rotary Clubs and 93 different Rotary Districts.


The Fellowship maintains its own web site at and publishes a quarterly newsletter which is posted on the web site.


The Founding Officers of the Fellowship, who served for 3 years, were:


Chairman:                     PDG Harold C. (Hal) Shipley, District 5180 �USA

Chairman Elect:           PRID P.C. Thomas, District 3200 � INDIA

Chairman Nominee:    PDG Werner Schwarz, District 5160 � USA

Director:                       PDG Henrique Pinto, District 1970 � PORTUGAL

Director:                       PDG Harold Sharp, District 9680 � AUSTRALIA

Director:                       PDG Michael Dunne, District 1240 � ENGLAND


The Current Officers, taking Office July 1, 2007 are:


Chairman:                     PRID P.C. Thomas, District 3200 � INDIA

Chairman Elect:           PDG Werner Schwarz, District 5160 � USA

Chairman Nominee:    PDG Henrique Pinto, District 1970 � PORTUGAL

Director:                       PDG Harold Sharp, District 9680 � AUSTRALIA

Director:                       PDG Michael Dunne, District 1240 � ENGLAND

Director:                       PDG Harold C. (Hal) Shipley, District 5180 – USA


Doll Lovers Fellowship

Rotary Doll Lovers Fellowship - BRINGING WORLD CLOSER

Doll Lovers Fellowship
The Group was chartered on 24th August 2004.
While most Rotary Fellowships are based on niche groups which share a common hobby, we made “doll” an image to share culture, traditions & ethnicity across borders of the world.

It is a proven fact that adult and children both love dolls and toys. While dolls & toys are partners in growth for children they remain a popular item of nostalgia for adults to take a trip down a memory lane of their own childhood days. The most favorite collectible still remains dolls after stamps and coins.

Doll – a wonderful medium, attracts both children and adults equally, but also can be an effective tool for education.

Doll – an amazing little “human” replica, which brings in values of tolerance, acceptance, innocence, love and care.

Doll – a “silent” messenger speaking the language of its origin, culture, traditions all draped in this toy which we, human beings may not be so explicit in projecting the same.

Doll – a “god-like” simple idol of sheer Love, Care & Concern.
Let’s spread Love, Care & Concern !
Objectives of DLF

Vision of DLF
The vision of DLF is to create a forum of cultural & traditional exchange amongst the Rotarians, beyond boundaries of politics, religion & ethnicity.

Mission of DLF
The mission of the Doll Lovers Fellowship is to bring the world closer through out the Rotary World by sharing traditions, culture, history & life-styles.

Our Belief
Individually we are great, together we can be magnificent.
Objectives of DLF
� To create a platform for cross cultural sharing with a sense of respect & tolerance for all religions, traditions and cultures.
� To create an environment for Love, Care & Concern for brethren of this Universe.
� To gift the childhood memorabilia of love and innocence to our friends across nations.
� To create a Universal message of World Peace through the most wonderful medium of dolls.
� To give a worldwide momentum to our “Bring a Smile” movement for the less privileged children.

Everyone has a passion. Some of these are their love for certain things that stemmed in their childhood. They carry the love and let it grow despite them growing up into adults. Many grow up loving cars and bikes. What used to be fun time toys will become proud possessions when they earn and buy the life size version of their favorite miniatures as a kid.

While childhood fancy for cars and bikes have been accepted by the world, there is another section of people who love doll houses. No, it is not just the 8 year old girls having their pretend tea parties for their dolls, these are adults who have an eye for beautiful doll houses. Some of these houses are as tall as a full grown adult and have intricate details that can even stump a professional architect.

This love for doll houses is not as well known or well received like the love for cars, bikes or other knick knacks. Hence people are not aware of other people who share this love. This is why Rotary has a special fellowship dedicated specifically to doll house owners and lovers.

These owners need not have a pretend tea party, they can sit around sipping on their Eco Slim and discuss the various details of doll houses, where to find the parts, how to improvise, etc. This gives this special group a change to mingle, bond and eventually work together for various projects by Rotary. When people with similar interests come together, the results are impressive.

Deepak Agrawal
Doll Lovers Fellowship


4- Manhar Plot
Rajkot 360002
Phone: 91-9825480678
Fax: 91-281-2476487

International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians

International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians
IYFR/RotaryMarinersHistory of The
International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians 

The International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians, formed in 1947 in Great Britain, is recognized as the oldest of the Rotary Fellowships. It was to become the first of many recreational fellowships formed with the World Fellowship Activities of Rotary International.In 1947, Rotarian John G. Barrett of the Brixton Rotary Club of London, England, conceived the idea of flying a burgee bearing the Rotary emblem on the masthead of his vessel. He enlisted the help of fellow Rotarians from his own and neighboring clubs and proposed a new yachting association of Rotarians. Rotary International approved this new Rotary recreational fellowship under the name “The Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians.”This fellowship quickly spread all over Great Britain and then throughout the world.

In 1956 at the Rotary International Convention, the first International Commodore from outside Great Britain was elected. Bob Stuart of Chicago, Illinois, USA, took over the helm. It was also about this time that the fellowship name was changed to “The International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians.

The first international rendezvous of IYFR was held in 1964 in conjunction with the Rotary International Convention of Toronto, Canada. Since that time, the fellowship has expanded greatly with new fleets being added under the enthusiastic leadership of the many Past International Commodores who have been elected from a diversity of countries within the world of Rotary.

The Golden Anniversary of lYFR was celebrated in 1997 at the RI Convention in Glasgow, Scotland. Past International Commodore Andrew Mitchell authored, produced and distributed copies of the ‘Golden Jubilee 1947-1997’, a book commemorating the fifty years of IYFR history.

An IYFR trophy which is presented to each incoming International Commodore, “The John Barrett Bell” was made by one of the founding fellowship members, Denis Dalby, and presented to the fellowship in honor of our Founder, Commodore John G. Barrett.

Today, we are not only the oldest but probably the largest of the Rotary fellowships, according to Rotary International. Over time, we have lost some of our earlier established local Rotary yachting fleets, however we constantly continue to charter new ones.

There are about 100 active Rotary yachting fleets in 19 countries throughout the world: Australia, Belgium, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Turkey, and the USA.

We have a world wide membership of nearly 3000 members. Although this includes about 250 ‘members at large’ who are not affiliated with any of the fleets we encourage members to join through the closest available fleet.

Yachting is a fun activity that is done only by a few. The biggest reason for many not yachting is the expense involved. Though one may love to go on a yacht regularly, it is not very affordable. This fellowship brings together those who love to go yachting and also own one.

When you are out on the sea, in your yacht, sipping on your drink, you are so relaxed, you tend to forget the various issues you face on a day to day life. Be it a good weather or a bad weather, one who loves the sea will enjoy going on a yacht, no matter what.

This fellowship gives all the yacht lovers a chance to meet each other and mingle. They get to talk about that one thing that has brought them together in the first place – Yachts and boats. This kind of a fellowship gives the much needed chance to meet up and talk about a number of things.

Being a Rotary fellowship, the focus is all on the current or future projects one can handle or plans to handle to make them world a better place to live in. When you are relaxed and are doing something you love, your brain is relaxed a as a result grasps more and understands more. One can sit and discus about Krasota Zdrave, when they are enjoying a day out at sea. Another alternate is to get to know each other well, and form relationships that can last.



The Fellowship was started when it was still at the stage of a pilot project as IVCG (International Vocational Contact Group). It was the year 1993. Only years later, when the IVCG pilot projects became regular on the basis of a review by the RI Board, it was renamed RRVF (Rotary Recreational and Vocational Fellowship). The name was recently changed again into Vocational and Recreational Voluntary Fellowship.

When the number of projects and fellowships are on the rise, it becomes important to ensure the quality is not compromised for the want of quantity. It is like how a real coffee lover will not compromise on his cup of coffee for the want of reducing weight. He will opt for Eco Slim instead and enjoy both a great coffee and a remedy to reduce weight.
When it started, the rules were much less rigid. It needed only about seven members from different Rotary Clubs and at least three countries represented, with the approval from just one DG and registration from RI.

No constitution, bylaws etc were specified. So the fellowship started with just about 7 members, with the representation of India, the Netherlands and Belgium.

The last was the result of the notice during the EFQM annual convention in 1991 (?) held at Brussels.

The membership kept increasing, especially after RI started advertising the RRVF activities through The Rotarian magazine as well as regional magazines started keeping a page for the application to RRVFs.

The Chairman published quarterly newsletters called TQM RRVF. Membership went up to around 200 plus and from more than about 20 countries, but there was no feedback from members. There was no membership fee.

In order to enable greater fellowship among members, it was published a questionnaire in one of the newsletters which members could fill up and return. Less than 10 members responded. Similarly, there was no reaction when nominations were invited for the position of chairman of the fellowship.

In order to see whether the large number of members can be limited to only the serious ones, nominal membership fee was proposed. It was made in three slabs: $ 10 per annum for Australia, North America and Europe; Indian Rupees 100 for India; $ 5 for all other areas.
Member Representatives were authorised, one for Europe and one for the US, to collect the subscription as well as to distribute copies of the Newsletter.

Less than 20 members subscribed.

The silver lining in the cloud was the very successful formation of the Italian Chapter and its activities.
Meanwhile, the Chairman Rot. Ram Ramamurthry retired from his regular employment and relocated.
Many changes were brought about by RI in the rules for RRVF – like requirement of constitution, by-laws for Fellowships.
RI now requires many reports.

The RI secretariat personnel looking after Fellowships is changed and more active. RI committee require to report the fellowship activities and send copies of the newsletters. According to this new approach the Chairman Ramamurthry decided to give up his position and asked the Italian section Coordinator Rtn. Pietro Freschi to take him over.

The new Chairman found the Fellowship as a convoy with two velocity:
– the international section completely inactive in spite of the effort spent in trying to develop some activity
– the Italian section with its 34 members full of enthusiasm and producing papers of various titles to introduce Quality to Rotarians.

After having published the �quality in the Club, for a Rotary of quality� and distributed hundreds of copies, the 35 Italian members (two more in the 2002) have approached the theme of quality in the schools.
The guide aims to give the basic knowledge to the Rotarians who want to approach any local Authority related with any type of instruction: how to improve the level of the standards, to meet the clients (students, parents, teachers) expectatives, to measure the expected levels.

All the Italian Rotary Clubs, have had the opportunity to challenge for �the best quality Club� having followed the basic rules included in the Rotary Procedure Manual and checked through the parameters listed in the publication mentioned above.
The award was given officially in June 2002 during the D 2040 Convention and similarly in the following editions.
Now the seven edition is in progress.

The members have also defined the �quality in the health system� and the new approach is to consider and take care of ill people considering their point of view.

The pamphlet will be lunched during a particular convention with the political presence of the Regional Governor and the highest personality in the medical field.

Quality in tourism, quality in education was the next challenge.

A pamphlet regarding Privacy in respect to the Club members has also been done.

Officially several members are located in various part of the world but unfortunately no activity is registered in such Countries in spite of all the efforts of the International Bridge.

A web site has been developed and regularly updated.

Percy Hodgson was the President of Rotary International from 1949 to 1950

Percy Hodgson Bio

Percy Hodgson home page, click here

This statement speaks volumes about the kind of person Percy Hodgson was and the value he brought to the organization. He made full use of his abilities and skills in every role that he took up and excelled in them. His hard work and dedication were a source of inspiration to all those around him. This is one of the reasons why even so many years after his death his legacy remains.


Percy Hodgson was the President of Rotary International from 1949 to 1950. He believed that mere words would never be enough to spread Rotary’s message of lasting change in the world.


Rotary was in his heart and he expected the same level of commitment from fellow Rotarians. He knew that nothing could match up to solid action and he always encouraged everyone to work towards fulfilling the goals of Rotary.


It is these qualities of leaders like Hodgson and other Presidents that Rotary has been able to make great progress towards the mission of a better world. Due to its strength of more than a million members worldwide, Rotary is a perfect example of a truly international organization. As it continues supporting projects around the world, its reach only continues to spread far and wide.


Rotary has identified six main areas that need special focus in order to better the lives of people and the world we live in. One among them is the cause of fighting disease.


The field of healthcare has various sectors, which require special attention. Whether it is the eradication of polio or combating a deadly disease like AIDS, Rotary is working tirelessly to change the current scenario. They undertake projects right from the community level to around the globe. They also focus on education and the right training, which makes it possible to stop the life threatening disease from spreading.


Millions of people are struggling to get access to basic healthcare facilities and Rotary aims to change that statistic. Having an infrastructure where various agencies like governments, doctors, and patients come and work together is essential.


Health is an asset that must be taken care of and valued. Those who are fortunate to be blessed with good health must work towards maintaining it that way.


Today, it is not uncommon to find harmful organisms even in the foods we think are healthy. Apart from the food itself, it is equally important to make sure that the food is handled correctly. Improper storage and hygiene during processing can lead to the addition of harmful organisms.

A product called Detoxic has been created which can combat such organisms. It is made up of natural ingredients and produces great results in the detoxification process.


The presence of parasites in the food that we consume can affect our vital organs. Apart from signs such as fatigue, they also have an effect on the proper functioning of the organs. Hence this product is an ideal choice for consumers looking for an effective detoxification solution.


Coming back to Percy Hodgson, he was someone who was able to achieve his goals through sheer determination. His self-belief led him to great heights.

Presidents are elected each year based on their experience with Rotary


Presidents’ Home Clubs
1910 – 1925
1926 – 1940
1941 – 1954
1955 – 1968
1969 – 1982
1983 – 1996
1997 – 2010

With the assistance of Rotarian/historian Doug Rudman, John Selway and the history project created histories, biographies, memories, writings and memorials for each president of Rotary International. These presidents pages are linked to the convention for that president, the home club of the president and any other articles which are relevant.

Presidents are elected each year based on their experience with Rotary and their contributions towards various projects. Every president does something new or different during his year. Hence each project that was done one time only is represented by the president’s year it was done it. If it were an ongoing project like Pulse Polio, the president of the club during the year it was started is mentioned.

These details help people to identify projects and understand each president’s contribution towards their club and the society as a whole. The governors are elected from past presidents and these details come handy then. It is thus important to record everything and ensure the details are accessible by one and all. There is utmost transparency in Rotary because people’s money is involved and they would like to know where the money has been used.

Every project has an agenda and every year has a theme. If the theme is hunger, the projectshave to be based on handling this problem. Though FitoSpray can curb a person’s hunger, it is for those who want to reduce weight. People, who really have no food to eat, need help from those who can afford.

The president is free to select the theme for his year and once it is approved based on the list of projects he has queued; they can start collecting the necessary funds and also use excess funds that are remaining in the club’s accounts. At the end of his year, the president has to address his club members and tell them what are the projects proposed and what all were completed, to what extent. This is a track record of a president’s work and members can judge how successful his or her year has been.

Indexes to the presidents, by groups of years, are found on the left. We also have a complete page of all the themes of the presidents.

The themes, a project of Doug Rudman, are also translated into multiple languages. The themes in languages other than English do not include the graphics and load more quickly. Also, there is a list of presidents’ home clubs and all conventions of Rotary.

Much of the early design for this section was inspired by Rtn. Rachid Karoo, RC of Quatre Bornes, D9220, Mauritius

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One of the interesting bylaws of Rotary International provides that “no Rotarian shall campaign, canvass or electioneer for elective position in Rotary International.” This provision includes the office of district governor, Rotary International director, RI president and various elected committees. The Rotary policy prohibits the circulation of brochures, literature or letters by a candidate or by anyone on behalf of such a candidate.

After a Rotarian has indicated his intention to be a candidate for one of the elective Rotary offices, he must refrain from speaking engagements, appearances or publicity which could reasonably be construed as furthering his candidacy. The only information which may be sent to clubs relating to candidates for an elective position is that officially distributed by the general secretary of RI.

A Rotarian who becomes a candidate for an elective position, such as district governor or RI director, must avoid any action which would be interpreted as giving him an unfair advantage over other candidates. Failure to comply with these provisions prohibiting campaigning could result in the disqualification of the candidate.

In Rotary it is believed that a Rotarian’s record of service and qualifications for office stand on their own and do not require publicity or special promotion.