ROTARY/One, the world’s first service club

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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