Historians who continue this project

Basil LewisHistorians who continue this project

Senior Historian for Rotary Global History FellowshipSenior Historian, advisor, RGHF AMBASSADOR,  and contributor: Basil Lewis: Education Adviser (retired and currently working for BBC Radio); RC of Humberside D1270; District PRO 1993-1998, RIBI Communications Committee 1996-7. Sometime columnist RIBI magazine ‘Rotary’; International Genealogy and Heraldry Fellowship of Rotarians (IGHFR) RIBI Branch Secretary and Newsletter Editor 1995-2001, International President IGHFR  2002 – 2005.  www.1905society.org 2007

Author of ‘Paul Harris in Britain’ available at a now discounted price 10 dollars for US. 5 pounds for UK and equivalent elsewhere.

Basil has been a contributor to the Rotary History Project since 2002. Lewis became a contributor to this archive in 2005.

“The origins and development of the Rotary movement are important in a full understanding of our present world position. It is only in such an understanding that we can move into a relevant future. This project seeks to encapsulate the evolution of the whole of Rotary in a way no book or other medium has done so effectively before.”

Left – Basil Lewis at the 2004 Osaka Convention booth

This page was edited on Thursday, January 24, 2008

  • Paul Harris’ Signature

      • The publisher of Harris’ third book, “My Road to Rotary”

      • Paul Harris’ office, now in Evanston

        • A special gift of a painting from RC of Cheltenham Spa, UK

      • Harris and Perry listen to the RIBI-RI difficulties in 1934

      • The tale of a photo (?) of Paul Harris

      • Reference to the Victor Hugo autographs

      • The Paul Harris “Study” project

      • British Memorial Service

      • The Founder’s visits

        • Liverpool

        • Manchester

        • London

        • Glasgow

        • Dublin

        • Belfast

        • Edinburgh

        • Newcastle

        • Douglas, Isle of Man

    • Bill Huntley 1994-95

      • The interesting story of UK’s RI president Bill Huntley and his presidential year theme.

      • Remembering Bill Huntley

  • Conventions of Rotary

    • 1910 Chicago

      • Story of the official car

    • 1930 Chicago

  • Women in Rotary

    • Women in 1912?

    • Women’s Auxiliaries

  • General History

    • Genealogy contributions http://www.rotarylibrary.org/genealogy/

      • Jean Thomson Harris’ Parents

    • Early critics of Rotary. http://www.rotarylibrary.org/critics.htm

    • Issues of Club Business

      • Do Rotarians everywhere sing?

      • Do all clubs meet every week?

      • The question of extending new clubs

        • “Why One Only”

      • Rotary the World Over – types of clubs/meetings

    • Famous Rotarians

      • Harlan Sanders (Kentucky Colonel)

      • British Stage Stars of Rotary

      • SIR NIGEL GRESLEY

        • Rotary and the Railroads

    • Rotary during global conflicts

      • Rotary in World War I

      • Onset of World War II

      • End of World War II

      • The Outpost Club of Rotary in England

      • Revival of Rotary in Estonia

    • Friendship Trees

      • The first tree, according to Walsh

      • Trees in the “Harris Study”

    • Other Organizations

      • Free Masonry

        • Rotary “Lodge” #4195

      • Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

  • Region History

    • History of Rotary in Australia

      • AN ENQUIRY LEADING TO A LINK BETWEEN THE UK AND AUSTRALIA: TEN POUND POMS

    • History of Rotary in Europe

    • History of Rotary in Poland

    • History of Rotary in Russia

      • Re-entry of Russia

    • ROTARY IN BELARUS (BYELO-RUSSIA)

    • Rotary Club of Liechtenstein, the First Club of Liechtenstein
    • Rotary Club of Luxembourg, the First Club of Luxembourg
  • The early clubs

    • DISTRICTING IN RIBI, amended 3 August 2006

      • RI RIBI Peace Initiative

    • Early notes to Australia from President Greiner and Secretary Perry

    • How clubs are chartered and numbers? Notes on the UK & Ireland

    • The Allied Rotary Club of France Where America’s World War One Soldiers gathered

    • Rotaryclubhistory?  “#100” — was there more than one?

    • 13 Kansas City “Stand Together Club”

    • 50 London

      • Early Clubs of London

    • 60 Glasgow

      • Harry Lauder, Glasgow’s famous Rotarian

    • 66 Manchester UK

    • Birmingham, UK

    • Brighton, UK

    • Newcastle, UK

    • Battersea, UK 1926, home of RIP Carter 1973

    • The formation of RC of Tokyo, the war and reconstruction

    • Wolverhampton

      • The constitutional “vacation” issue

    • Amsterdam, Holland

    • Hilversum, Netherlands. Home of RI President C. P. H. Teenstra 1965-66

    • First Club in community of less than 25,000 “Galesburg”

  • First Club of Rotary Countries (Also see Terminated Clubs)

    • Sofia, First Club of Bulgaria

    • Praha (Prague) first of Czechoslovakia 1925

      • History of Rotary in Czechoslovakia

    • Cardiff, First Club of Wales (1917)

      • Paul Harris Visits Cardiff

    • Isle of Man (first club of country) (including a visit from Paul Harris)

    • �land  Islands – Mariehamn

    • Kenya � Nairobi

    • Zimbabwe – Harare

    • Channel Islands – Guernsey

    • Rotary Club of Tallinn, the First Club of Estonia

    • Rotary Clubs of Kaunas & Vilnius, the First Clubs of Lithuania

    • Rotary Club of Riga, the First Club of Latvia

    • Rotary Club of Bucharest, the First Club of Romania

      • Letter from Harris to an RID from Bucharest

    • Rotary Club of Budapest, the First Club of Hungary

    • Rotary Club of Belgrade, the First Club of Yugoslavia

    • Rotary Club of Nanking, first club of Nanking

  • District Histories

    • D1090 UK

    • D1110 UK

    • D1170 UK

    • D1230 UK

    • D1270 UK

  • Histories of Global Networking Groups

    • Esperanto

    • RGHF History

Rotary made its presence in many countries around the world and has created history. Despite all the developments that were going on in and around many areas, people wanted to contribute towards funds that helped many other people. Many wanted their money to make a bigger impact rather than just investing in binary options through HBSwiss. Thus rotary became a growing organization that seemed to attract people with money and a heart to help, like a moth to a flame.