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The 20th Convention – Dallas, May 27-31 with 9,508 in attendance

 I. B. Sutton, Tampico, Mexico

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The 1929 Convention in Dallas was held between May 27th and 31st. 9,526 registered to attend representing 2,361 Clubs.

Paul Harris message took up a sporting theme -entitled – The Big Game is On. Paul asked Rotarians – What will your batting average be? And Have you learned the rules of the game?

“Rotarians are playing a game”, the President Emeritus wrote, “bigger than baseball, cricket or golf, a game that can be played until the mortal curtains fall, the game of life; it requires all our individual and collective spirit of fair play, courage and the will to win“.

Harris’ conclusion was this: – To play the game you need to know the rules and the result depends on how well you know the rules.

There was a discussion of resolution 7 “to discontinue the use of motto or slogan ‘He profits most who serves best'” as proposed by RIBI- The British had never grown fond of Sheldon’s words, fearing that the reference to ‘profit’ implied Rotarians had a motive of self-interest. The Board of Directors rejected this proposal to great applause. Much of the discussion concentrated on the translation of the phrase. It was the word ‘profit’ that was under question by the British but many foreign Club members pointed out that ‘profit’ often translated into their language as ‘benefit’. There was much ‘frank’ discussion before Rotarian Chadwick of London dared to speak in favor. Chadwick argued that as there was some confusion with the translation and definition – “Let’s kill this idea that we are making profit, that we are making anything out of what we give”. The resolution fell.

President Sutton of Tapico, Mexico took up the cause of the Foundation: “What can the Rotary Foundation do? Many men ask ‘what are we going to do with it?’ A thousand useful things, I answer, but to begin with, we might well promote this magnificent idea of understanding and friendship among the youth of every country.”

Ches Perry announced in his report that “The Rotary Foundation has been organized and is well under way”.

The trustees of the foundation led by Arch Klumph had received several cash donations from the member clubs. The new Board was appointed after the Convention though Minneapolis gave the Constitutional enactment for the Rotary Foundation.

Its first meeting was held in Chicago where Klumph told of the serious necessity for an Endowment Fund – its purposes and administration. The first task of the trustees was to begin a campaign of information and education – “a rare privilege in which every single Rotarian throughout the world would without doubt, when properly apprised of all the facts, seek the opportunity of participating”.

The trustees expected both cash and insurance policies and set a target of some $20,000.

Cal Thomson

“What can the Rotary Foundation do? Many men ask ‘what are we going to do with it?’ A thousand useful things, I answer, but to begin with, we might well promote this magnificent idea of understanding and friendship among the youth of every country.”

As we know that the Rotary Club all over the world is anything but an organization of self interest. Their main aim is to create a happy environment everywhere that they are. They aim at inculcating a feeling of understanding and friendship between people in all the countries. They wish to make people feel happy and good about themselves.

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Herbert J. Taylor*

President’s Name Herbert J. Taylor*
Presidential Year 1954-1954
Biography CLICK HERE
Theme Six Objectives
for 1954-55:
1. glean from the past and act;
2. share with others;
3. build with Rotary’s 4-Way Test;
4. serving youth;
5. international good will; 6. good Rotarians are good citizens.
Home Town (Chicago, Illinois, USA)
Convention Host/

Convention History

Chicago, IL, USA
May 29-June 2 (14,312)
Other Information
  • Author of the “Four Way Test”
  • See our essay on Taylor
  • Also see Rotary’s Golden Jubilee
  • Ted Gifford remembers Taylor
  • Words without any action would never lead to success. The path to succeed and fulfill your desired objectives consists of an equal measure of thoughts and action. Only when this happens, will the change occur to make the world better.This ideology forms the basis of an organization like Rotary International.


    With a strong membership of more than 1.2million members worldwide, it could be one of the most well-known organizations in the world. All of them are working towards a common goal of unity and lasting change.


    From causes such as providing clean water, education and better health for mothers and children, Rotary has been doing some path breaking work. They also offer some great partnership opportunities for far reaching positive effects.


    The leaders of an organization help to move it in the right direction. They can be a perfect example to the members with their inspiring thoughts and actions. Rotary International is no exception. With an impressive list of Presidents that have led and continue to lead it, Rotary continues to work with dedication and commitment.


    One such name among its Presidents is that of Herbert Taylor. He served as the President from 1954 to 1955. His expertise and integrity made him stand out as an extraordinary leader.


    The reach that Rotary enjoys today is the result of the hard work of all its members, past and present under various able Presidents. They have performed various roles exceptionally with great success.


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Our fellowship

RGHF’s list of Missing Fellowship Histories

Environment Fellowship of Rotarians
A message from Rtn. Warren Hill, first President of the EFR

Our fellowship began in March 1989 when I noticed in Rotary literature a call for new fellowships to be formed. I used contacts gained through my profession, National Parks, and trough Rotarians I had met world-wide when serving as District Governor in 1986-87. The initial requirements were for five Rotarians in three countries. The first six “charter” Rotarians to join included Aidan Maloney of Canada, Glen Alexander, Dale Engquist, Warren Hill, and Charles Odegaard of the United States, and Maarten Mantje of the Netherlands. Within the first year we were joined by members from Bangladesh and more from the United States. From this beginning the fellowship now includes more than 120 Rotarians in 30 countries.

I first thought that the Fellowship should be entitled National Parks following my own profession. I soon found that there was a general enthusiasm for an environmental fellowship. Early on, I had thought that we should follow the Rotary guideline that members should have the “environment” as a profession. But again I was swayed by the applicants who cam from diverse professions but who shared a passion for protection of the environment, some came to us because they served their club, district or Rotary International in this work. So I thought it best to be inclusive, not exclusive and not apply any pre-tests to qualification. What you will find among the members are Rotarians who do make a difference for the environment through their profession, through Rotary projects, through other volunteer work, or through teaching others in this vital field.

I am happy to see the Rotary Vocational Fellowship Environment continue under the energetic leadership of Marco Kappenberger. He has language skills that I do not. He also has unbounded enthusiasm for doing work in this are and he is committed to carry on. He also has been a member since 1995 and a frequent correspondent during all of these years.

Good wishes to you Marco as you move forward with the Fellowship Environment!

A Rotary fellowship is where the members get together but don’t discuss any projects or issues. There are no minutes for such meetings. This is the informal gathering of the members, so as to give them a chance to get to know each other, better and more personally.

These fellowships help members find likeminded people and new friends. When you are a busy citizen, you will hardly find the time to get in touch with your inner self or your passion. In order to ensure people don’t lose it, Rotary has come up with this concept where everyone gets together informally. People come, make merry, have fun and go back with a few good and prestigious friendships.

While Rotary organizes different fellowships through the year, care is taken to ensure different groups are people are targeted, so that when these members get together, they have something in common to talk about and bond over.

One such fellowship is the environmentalists’ fellowship. Though Rotary members are well recognized in the society and make generous contributions towards the betterment of many lives, not everyone is conscious of the environment or have time to cherish it. This fellowship brings together those who care about the environment and do something about. When these people get together, there are lot of discussions about the environment, pollution, etc, and they come up with new ideas to improve the environment.

When these members meet, they discuss the various aspects of the environment, over a cup of Eco Slim. They ensure they take care of themselves too in addition to nurturing the environment.

ROOM 711 is now a Rotary SHRINE

Paul Harris 711 Club

ROOM 711 is now a Rotary SHRINE

(This page and the domain are provided by RGHF)

Where Rotary was born � February 23, 1905

The rain beat down on 127 N. Dearborn Street on November 15, 1983, as 100 Rotarians and wives crowded the 7th floor hallway of Chicago�s Unity Building. Before them was the office of mining engineer Gus Loehr: Room 711. Here on February 23, 1905, lawyer Paul Harris met with Gustave Loehr, coal dealer Sylvester Schiele, and merchant tailor Hiram Shorey to create the world�s first Rotary club. ROOM 711 is now a Rotary SHRINE Twenty-two Chicago Rotarians had formed an Illinois corporation to save Room 711 as a Rotary shrine. Illinois Governor James Thompson sent a proclamation of good wishes, and Rotarian Max Bloom scissored the ceremonial ribbon. Guests marveled at the room decorated with antiques and office equipment from the turn of the century: a roll-top desk, an early Dictaphone and check writer, a spittoon, and a Chicago Tribune dated February 23, 1905. One founding member observed that �the Paul Harris 711 Club is not a Rotary Club, but a group of Rotarians interested in preserving the cradle of Rotary. The landmark will be maintained by Rotarian support around the world.� �This room lives,� the Rotarian Magazine stated. �It�s more than wood and plaster. One can feel the presence of Rotary founders. Here, Rotarians can stand, think about our rich heritage, and say, �This is where it all began.�

Such places have a special place in not just history but our hearts and minds too. Such places are always remembered and people often reminiscence about it every time they meet. Then it goes on to become a historical reference for that group and eventually accepted by people around too.

When people began trading, it was looked up on like they were gambling their money. When the promised returns were not received, the companies were called a fraud and people thought they were getting cheated. All this continued until people started understanding the trading practices.

Once the knowledge about trading in stocks increased, people started investing their hard earned money. This money would be used to fund companies and as a return on investment they were paid part of the profits or earnings the company received.

What used to be done only by humans is not w=being done my computers. There are softwares that can help people trade, without knowing much about the stock market. you don’t have to calculate, analyze charts or read graphs. You just have to use Fintech Ltd, and your investments will be taken care of. This automated software will invest on your behalf, removing all rooms for human error or even need for a human trader.

The creator of this software is a real time trader who knows the nuances of trading. It is with this knowledge that he has created this software, so that everyone gets a chance to invest and earn more money without any additional effort.

Now back to Rotary…..



JOIN NOW!! Rotarians past and present, spouses, and lineal descendants who join the Paul Harris 711 Club understand that they are not joining a Rotary Club, but corporation devoted to preserving and maintaining the place where Rotary and the entire worldwide service club movement was born on February 23, 1905. The Paul Harris 711 Club also supports the Rotary International Archives where historic Rotary artifacts, photographs, and documents are preserved. A check for $100 U.S. funds should accompany each application for a lifetime membership and should be made payable to: Paul Harris 711 Club. The certificate of membership, souvenir key to Room 711 and lapel pin will be mailed to the address given on the application form.

Paul Harris 711 Club

� Mission Statement

The mission of the Paul Harris 711 Club is to assist in preserving the Room which is the birthplace of Rotary International and the cradle of the worldwide movement of service clubs comprised of business and professional leaders.

� Objectives

1. Foster research to keep alive the fellowship and mutual friendships created by those men who first met in Room 711 of Chicago�s Unity Building on February 23, 1905;

2. Encourage Rotarians, other service club members, and the general public to recognize and honor Rotary International and other service clubs as pioneers of community volunteerism and global humanitarianism; and

3. Advocate and promote the collection and conservation of Rotary�s history, heritage, and artifacts; and encourage similar activity by others devoted to the preservation, growth, and appreciation of the service club movement.

ROTARY/One, the world’s first service club

ROTARY/One, the world’s first service club

See Rotary’s First Service Project



The Chicago Story
ROTARY/One Archives
Our “Front Door”
 Early Club History
1905 Club Roster
ROTARY/One “Homes”
Paul Harris Home
Richard Harrison ROTARY/One Historian
The Rotary Life of Ches Perry (2005)
Paul Harris Painting
District 6450
World War One
 U of Chicago Study
 Photos & Links
 “Golden Strand”
 RIP’s & Conventions
 Paul Harris Obituary
 ROTARY/One Today
 Centennial Bell
 Chicago Cent Info
 Visitors to Club #1
Chicago Film of Harris
RO President pays homage to Jean Thomson
A thesis on Rotary page 18,

Attention convention goers for the 2043 International Convention: a message from Founder Paul P. Harris

It’s not certain exactly when ROTARY/One began. 23 Feb 1905? Or a few weeks later when Paul Harris suggested several names, “Rotary” being one of them. There is also a notation in the proceedings of the 1910 convention, as follows: “Whereas, on February 25, 1904, there was founded Rotary Club of Chicago”  What we do know, from the writings of Paul Harris, is that he got an idea in 1900 after having dinner with a fellow Chicago attorney. We know, again from his writing, that his idea was for an organization and that he already had some friends in mind.

Though it is world famous today and many know about and are a part of the Rotary fraternity, it all started in a small room with a bunch of people with similar ideas and interests these visionaries wanted a different world and hence got down to work and founded this club that has grown many branches today.

If you are into trading, you will know how the stock trading has evolved over the years. What initially used to be a chaos is now civilized and smooth. People had to come to a place at a given time, shout and sell and buy the stocks they are interested in. today, one can invest and change the investments every second, with the tap of a button.

Many use the help of physical traders who sit at the computer, watching the numbers and the market move, and make their moves accordingly. Sometimes, despite their expertise and knowledge, it can lead to errors and even a slight delay could make you lose a lot of money. One cannot avoid such human errors.

This is why automated software like Fintech Ltd, is preferred by many. it has been created to help people invest more easily and not have to depend on a human trader every time. One need not know much about the stock market or follow the stocks very closely either. The software will do all the readings, analysis and comparisons and make the investment moves accordingly. One can sit back and relax as the computer takes care of everything.

However, it was five years before anything formal occurred! Did he discuss it with anyone. He says he talked to his good friend Silvester Schiele, who became the first president of the club and Harry Ruggles, whom you’ll meet if you spend time here. Then, he writes, in “The Founder of Rotary” on page 95, just this brief description: 

“On the night of February 23, 1905, the first meeting took place at Gus’ office in the Unity Building.


Silvester and Paul had dined together at an Italian restaurant on Chicago’s near north side. Gus, by prearrangement, had invited a personal friend, Hiram Shorey, a merchant tailor, a native of the village of Litchfield, in the State of Maine, to whom he had previously introduced Paul.


The meeting was enlivened by the relation of personal experiences, after which Paul unfolded the general purposes of his plan.


The “Rest of the Story” as Chicago’s Paul Harvey would say, “is history,” and there’s nowhere on earth to explore it like where you are right now.


     Jack M. B. Selway, Webmaster and Editor for the ROTARY/One History Section  & Rotary Global History Founder

Rotary Singles Fellowship International (RSFI)

Rotary Singles Fellowship International (RSFI)
The Rotarian Singles Fellowship International is a fairly Rotary Fellowship. It began in Oakland California (District 5170) in 2007; RSF California was the first founding Chapter and is quickly growing, with many countries eager to participate.

If you are a Rotary Club member and are single, the RSF is just for you. It is an amazing organization that promotes socialization with fellow Rotarians. Here anyone and everyone can come forward with a hobby of their choice that could include any sport like chess, cricket, or board games etc, and meet fellow members to pursue it. There are also some RSF groups that meet exclusively for socialization as well.

The Rotary Singles Fellowship knows that when you are single, there are many things that you do not take care of, especially with regards to health. There have been numerous instances of especially single people whose body is greatly troubled by parasites. The main reason for parasites is when you make your body toxic by consumption of harmful things as well as excessive consumption of things that must be had in moderation.

In such conditions, singles usually feel the need to detoxify themselves. When we talk about detoxifying it does not necessarily mean having to do that only after a hangover. Meals with excessive sugar and mono sodium glutamate also may be appetizing in taste but have harmful effects. The body tends to become toxic by certain products that are consumed on a daily basis but are still harmful and promote the growth of parasites.

Such foods include excessive consumption of meat and tendons in your meal, products that are prepared in bakeries, or even beverages that may be alcohol free but are harmful at the same time. Apart from that eating excessive processed foods and consumption of alcohol are also agents that lead to the entry of parasites in the body. These parasites grow and proliferate in the body and give rise to various troubles that include, weakness, excessive fatigue, bags under the eyes, lacrimation, skin eruptions and much more.

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It gives a supple shiny skin: When parasites enter the body, the result is a lower immunity. And a low immunity invariably causes allergies in the body. Detoxic helps to eliminate these parasites that give a healthy looking skin that shines with good health.

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Further history is contained in this 2008 Video

RGHF’s list of Missing Fellowship Histories


See also Caravanning Fellowship of Rotarians

Many Rotarians know about our respective club but not about the fellowships of Rotary. The Rotarian magazine has featured some fellowships but the following are excerpts from a story written by the Past President of the Rotary RV Fellowship (RVF), Jim Smith, who has written under the name of J. Oliver, for Family Motor Coach Magazine (FMCA).
The main purpose of this article was to encourage FMCA members in other organizations, such as the RV Fellowship, to talk up the FMCA at their respective rallies.
We hope Rotarians in your (this) district will be interested in the RVF.

The international Rotary organization is a service club of business leaders who meet for lunch to exchange ideas. The club originated in Chicago in 1903. Today Rotary has 1.2 million members in 31,560 clubs in 166 countries. In addition to nation wide and international service activities Rotary has over 70 fellowships that cover both vocational and recreational association. Some of these groups are made up of lawyers, some of physicians, some of computer experts and even those who have had heart surgery. The fellowship that may interest FMCA members, are Rotarians in the RV Fellowship.

Owning and driving these RVs can be a lot of fun and many take pride in it. It is to bring these people together that this fellowship was formed. These people, love driving these vehicles so much that even if they are suffering from chronic varicose veins pain, they will use Varikosette and continue driving as they get a good relief from the pain.

A bit of international RV nomenclature where this Rotary Fellowship is active may be in order. In Europe if you travel in a motorized home or trail a livable trailer you are a caravaner and the trailer is a caravan. The place you stop for the evening, days or week is referred to as a caravan or camping park. In Australia and New Zeeland the caravaner designation is also the term used for motor home and trailer travelers.

The Rotary RV Fellowship in Europe refers to their group as the International Caravanning Fellowship of Rotarians (ICFR).
The same activity on the North American continent we know makes you an RVer (meaning a driver of a recreational vehicle). The place you stop is referred to as a RV Campground. The Rotary Fellowship in North America is named the Rotary RV Fellowship and interestingly, because of the European influence, the quarterly publication of the North American RV Fellowship (RVF) is the Caravanner.

Wherever the caravaner or recreational vehicle driver is, there is always some similarity present in RV�rs. This similarity is the demographics, or the psychographics, of the RV families. The RV participants are gregarious, honest, accommodating, adventurous people. With this description it�s not difficult to liken these homogeneous travelers in movable homes as having many attributes of Rotarians and members of FMCA.
Since 1905, when Paul Harris, one of the Chicago’s businessmen, initiated the first Rotary luncheon the members have reflected these same characteristics. And, Rotarians like the members of the FMCA enjoy being together. These elements of like personalities and the same mode of travel reflect the founding elements for the Rotary Recreational Vehicle Fellowship (RVF) in North American and the International Caravanning Fellowship of Rotarians (ICFR) in Europe.

The ICFR has officers in England, Netherlands and France, in Australia, New Zeeland and South Africa. Tobert Sutcellf founded the fellowship in the UK in 1967. The ICFR has over 2000 members. The group usually tries to organize a caravan to rally at the Rotary International Convention when it is held in Europe. The International group has a newsletter titled �Over The Horizon�. The North American group�s communication vehicle mentioned above is the �Caravanner�. Both have web sites.

The North American RVF was an idea by some Rotarians in Islamorada, Florida in 1971. Rotary International recognized them as a chartered fellowship in 1972. Today there are about 500 members (as in FMCA this usually represents families) organized into 4 zones, Pacific, Mountain, Central and Eastern. The group holds their National Conventions in conjunction with Rotary International Conventions when they are held in North America. The next scheduled International North American Convention will be the organizations 100thanniversary in 2005 and will be in Chicago. The RVF will also hold their annual National Rally in Chicago that year.

The RVing Rotarians hold rallies where they socialize at dinners, breakfast and social hours. As good Rotarians they have not allowed the strictly social aspects of the fellowship to detract for their belief of �service above self�. If there are any excess funds garnered from the registration at rallies they are contributed to local highway safety programs. These range from Emergency Medical Technicians, Hospital Emergency Wards to local Fire Departments. In a conscious effort to augment these funds, the Eastern zone added a raffle. The raffles are for items contributed by fellowship members. The items are many times of questionable value and the winning items may well be up for the raffle at the next rally but the money raised is not. The annual contribution for highway safety has risen from several hundred dollars to several thousand. And the raffle has become an additional fun event and has extended to other zones.

The catalyst for the rallies in Rotary is the �Wagon Master�.
The Wagon master has specific functions and responsibilities. With 30 to 40 recreational vehicles possible at the rallies these defined duties, which include pricing the stay at an RV Resort, meals, tours, recreation, social times and schedule a visit to a local Rotary Club can provide a challenge.
The North American RV Fellowship has many regional rallies scheduled in each of their four designated areas each year. At these events the rallying Rotarians collect around a campfire to exchange tales. And they also gather for an attitude adjustment early evening social hour to discuss the past days events and hear from the Wagon Master about the next days schedule or where the next rally will be held.

Arch’s wife

Arch’s wife at the 1924 Toronto convention

A history buff bonus: How Arch Klumph was involved with Abraham Lincoln, his assassin John Wilkes Booth and British PM Tony Blair: Details

A November, 1976 article in The Rotarian, courtesy of the Rotary International archives  Page two
Courtesy of the Rotary International Archives Department.
 Photos from the article April 2002, A Room at RI headquarters is dedicated to Arch Klumph

Arch C. Klumph,
1916-17 president of Rotary
International and founder of
The Rotary Foundation

Died 3 June

In 1917, Arch C. Klumph, Rotary’s sixth president, proposed to the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the creation of an “endowment fund for Rotary . . . for the purpose of doing good in the world in charitable, educational, and other avenues of community service.” A few months later, the endowment received its first contribution of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

Charity work was never big in those days and the value for money was more. What a kid gets as a pocket money in recent times could feed a few families in those years. People never spent much on anything. Be it charity, food, medicines, education, anything. Today when you have parasites in your stomach, you depend on Detoxic to help you out. Whereas, in those days, hokme remedies were followed because going to a doctor was expensive.

In 1928, when the endowment fund had grown to more than US$5,000, the fund was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International. Five Trustees, including Klumph, were appointed to “hold, invest, manage, and administer all of its property. . . as a single trust, for the furtherance of the purposes of RI.”

Two years later, the Foundation made its first grant of US$500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The ISCC � created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen � later grew into the Easter Seals organization.

The Great Depression and World War II both impeded significant growth for the Foundation, but the need for promoting a lasting world peace generated great post-war interest in developing the Foundation. After Rotary founder Paul P. Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring into Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created for the purpose of building the Foundation.

That same year, the first Foundation program was established � Fellowships for Advanced Study, which was the forerunner of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships program. Then in 1965-66, three new programs were launched � Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.

The Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) program was launched in 1978, with the Rotary Volunteers program being created as a part of 3-H in 1980. The PolioPlus program was announced in 1984-85, and the following year saw the introduction of Rotary Grants for University Teachers. The first Peace Forums were held in 1987-88, leading to the establishment of Rotary Peace Programs. Then in 1989, 1963-64 RI President Carl P. Miller and his wife, Ruth, donated US$1 million to establish the Discovery Grants program.

Throughout this time, support of the Foundation grew tremendously. Since that first $26.50 donation in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than US$1 billion. More than US$68 million was donated in 1998-99 alone. To date, some 726,000 individuals have been recognized as Paul Harris Fellows � that is, someone who has contributed US$1000 or has had that amount contributed in his or her name.

Such strong support and involvement of Rotarians worldwide ensures a secure future for The Rotary

Rotarians’ Wine Appreciation Fellowship

Rotarians’ Wine Appreciation Fellowship

Promotes the making, tasting, consumption, collecting and production of wine

In terms of reach, there might not be many organizations globally that could compete with Rotary International. It has been in existence for more than a hundred years and continues to work towards its goal of a better world for all. Its reach only seems to be growing and proof of this fact is its millions of worldwide members.


Its initiatives such as providing clean water and fighting disease are touching the lives of people in the remotest corners of the world. Some of the other causes associated with Rotary are education and better health for mothers and children.


Rotary aims to handle these issues with the help of its human capital that comes from diverse background and cultures. As an organization, Rotary is a great symbol of the power that healthy interactions and strong friendships all over the world can hold.


No matter which culture one belongs to, an important factor that is common to cultures all over the world is food. Food is the best way to get acquainted with a country, culture and its traditions. Whether it is street food or fine dining, every culture has something to offer for every occasion and palate.


The image of fine dining would be incomplete without the presence of wine. The right pairing of food and wine could bring out the best flavors of both. Getting the right pairing of food and wine is an art. If the pairing and balance are right, it can enhance the distinct characteristics of both the food and wine. On the other hand, a mismatch could lead to a disastrous dining experience.


Rotary International even has a fellowship for wine appreciation. This fellowship has been created to share knowledge about wine, its food pairings and other information related to wine. The members consist of experts and enthusiasts from around the world who share their knowledge and experiences with each other.


Though wine is an alcoholic beverage, which can have some intoxicating effects, consumption in a limited quantity can be beneficial for health. This is true of almost all types of food. Consuming an excessive amount of any food harms the body. Eating well and eating right is the basis of a healthy life.


There may be times where one is eating right but they are not able to achieve the desired results. It seems impossible to lose the kilos no matter how hard they try. One of the reasons behind this is a number of components such as preservatives in the food.


A product called Eco Slim has been designed keeping such individuals in mind who want to lose weight but are unable to do so. It is a unique combination of extracts from natural products.


It ensures that various nutrients are assimilated well in the body and helps in eliminating excess fat. Consuming it is convenient as it is available in a vial form. All you would need to do is dilute it into the water to consume it.

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Antique, Classic & Historic Auto World Fellowship

Antique, Classic & Historic Auto World Fellowship
The Fellowship was founded about 17 years (1988) ago by Brian Henry of the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga in Australia under the name of “Rotary Retro Automobile Fellowship” (RRAF).

After successfully prospecting for members throughout the world and getting good response in New Zealand and the United States, Brian Henry met Roger Guinet of the Rotary Club of Cap d’Agde, France at the International Rotary Convention a few years later.

Roger was instrumental in gaining footing for the fellowship in Europe. About 10 years ago he set up the RRAF in Europe as the local coordinating body of the international fellowship.

The RRAF Europe was active for nearly a decade in France, the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and Germany.

Outside of Europe membership was to be found in Australia, USA and New Zealand.

Because of health problems of the two initial leaders (Henry and Guinet) and the rising popularity and number of classic car clubs outside of the Rotary sphere of influence, the original enthusiasm for the RRAF gradually diminished in a number of countries.

By the year 2000 many of local RRAF organizations had ceased most of their activities except in the UK, Ireland, Switzerland and the Netherlands

In 2001 Brian Henry, notwithstanding his health handicap, started an initiative for revival of the fellowship.

At that point in time the name of the fellowship was changed, in consultation with Rotary International, in order to reflect its area of interest in a better way.

The name became: Antique, Classic & Historic Automobile Fellowship of Rotarians.

Unfortunately, in 2003, Brian’s health problems reappeared.

In order to continue his task of reviving the fellowship he asked Maurice Elzas, chairman of RRAF Netherlands, to take over the international chairmanship after consulting with Rotary International.

The new chairman and his team embarked in this venture with great enthusiasm and got rewarded by serious expression of interest from almost everywhere on the globe.

To celebrate this revival and commemorate the first rally ever held (in 1894) an appropriate event was organized In France in 2004 in which 25 teams of 4 countries participated. (See: Past Events on this website)

A General Assembly was held at this occasion (See minutes on the Organization page) and the structure and name changed into the present one: Antique, Classic & Historic Automobile world Fellowship of Rotarians.