1931 RI convention in Vienna, Austria, were thrilled by a performance of Franz Lehar’s “The Merry Widow” operetta conducted by the composer himself. Local Rotarians took extra pleasure in the performance, for Lehar was an active member of the Rotary Club of Vienna.
 Other Rotarian composers have included Jean Sibelius, once a member of the Rotary Club of Helsinki- Helsingfors, Finland; and … Sigmund Romberg (the operetta, “May time”), a former member of the Rotary Club of New York, New York, U.S.A.   Rotarians have been, and are, prominent in other areas of the arts.   German novelist Thomas Mann was an active member of the Rotary Club of Munich.  
 J. Sibelius  autographs for sale    

The Nobel Prize in Literature 1929


 U.S. poet James Whitcomb Riley was a member of the Rotary Club of Indianapolis, Indiana.    Edgar A. Guest (a frequent contributor to THE ROTARIAN) was also a Rotarian in Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.    Joel Chandler Harris, author of the “Uncle Remus” stories, was an active Rotarian, and his son, Joel Chandler Harris, Jr., was a district governor and member of the Rotary Club of Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.    Admiral Richard E. Byrd, the intrepid Arctic explorer, was a member of the Rotary Club of Winchester, Virginia, U.S.A. (See a flag presented to Paul Harris) 
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Science fiction author Jack Williamson comes down to earth to meet with the Rotary Club of Portales, New Mexico, U.S.A. </style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> His fellow writer, John Jakes � author of an extremely popular series of novels about U.S. history � is also a Rotarian. </style=”font-size:> Sir Nigel Gresley. There are probably few if any Rotarians who have had a mainline railway steam engine named after them. A founder member of the Doncaster Rotary Club, he was elected as one of the first two Vice Presidents. Friederich Bergius, Nobel Laureate in Chemistry, was born on October 11, 1884, in Goldschmieden near Breslau, and died on March 31, 1949, in Buenos Aires, Argentine.
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Many of the illustrious figures in world affairs have been and are Rotarians.  Royalty and elected political officials have been drawn to Rotary’s ideal of “Service Above Self.”  </style=”font-size:>
<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Another “Real Rotarian” was Warren G. Harding – Member Washington D.C. Rotary Club since December 10, 1920. See The Rotarian March, 1921 Vol. XVIII No. 3.</style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Gerald R. Ford – Grand Rapids, MI since 1966</style=”font-size:> Adlai E. Stevenson, U.S. Ambassador to the UN and governor of Illinois, was a member of the Rotary Club of Springfield in that state.  <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>Earl Warren, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, was a Rotarian, …</style=”font-size:></style=”font-size:>
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>  as was Associate Justice William O. Douglas. </style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Wayne Morse, former U.S. senator from Oregon, was a past president of the Rotary Club of Eugene.  </style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Mark O. Hatfield, former governor of and present U.S. senator from Oregon, was also a member of the Eugene club.  </style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> J. Millard Tawes, former governor of Maryland, was a charter member of the Rotary Cub of Crisfield. </style=”font-size:>
<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas</style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> </style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> </style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> J. Millard Tawes</style=”font-size:>
<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Two former RI presidents, Luther H. Hodges (1967-68) (Mr. Hodges served as governor of North Carolina and U.S. secretary of commerce). and</style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Clinton P. Anderson (1932-33) achieved levels of importance in U.S. (Mr. Anderson served as U.S. secretary of agriculture and U.S. senator from New Mexico.) </style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Carlos P. Romulo, Rotary Club of Manila – Philippine Brigadier General in WWII, Ambassador of the Philippines to the US, Permanent Representative to the UN, President of the 4th session of the United Nations 1949 and Past Director of Rotary International. (speech by Romulo at UN page)</style=”font-size:> Guglielmo Marconi inventor of the wireless, was an active member of the Rotary Club of Bologna, Italy
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Aesgeir Asgeirsson, former president of Iceland, was a charter member of the Rotary Club of Reykjavik.  </style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Jan Masaryk, former president of the former Republic of Czechoslovakia, and …</style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Eduard Benes, former minister of foreign affairs for that country, were members of the Rotary Club of Prague. (Then RI District 66) (Today, according to the Rotary International Directory 2005-2006 – District 2240 there are some 40 clubs in The Czech Republic and 11 in The Republic of Slovakia.</style=”font-size:>
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> There is royalty in Rotary.</style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Italian politician and couturier Emilio Pucci, is a member of the Rotary Club of Florence.<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> </style=”font-size:></style=”font-size:>
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Many of the world’s leading industrialists and businessmen are Rotarians. </style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Konosuke Matsushita, president of Japan’s Matsushita Electric Company was a member of the Rotary Club of Osaka.</style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> The late J.C. Penney, founder and chairman of the board for the J.C. Penney stores, was a member of the Rotary Cub of New York, New York, U.S.A.</style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Charles R. Walgreen, Jr., chairman of the board of the Walgreen Drug Company, is a member of the Rotary Club of Chicago, Illinois, USA</style=”font-size:>
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> U.S. sports figures Tris Speaker and ….</style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Cornelius “Connie Mack” McGillicuddie were Rotarians</style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> as was Olympic gold medalist swimmer Duke Kahanamoko.</style=”font-size:>
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Dr. Charles H. Mayo, co-founder of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, U.S.A., is a member of that city’s Rotary club.</style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Francoise Barre-Sinoussi along with her partner Jean-Claude Chermann (right) isolated the aids virus at the Pasteur Institute</style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>They are both PHF of “La Rochelle-Aunis D1690”  The first publication of the discovery of AIDS Virus was in 1983.


The Kentucky Colonel, Harlan Sanders belonged to several Rotary Clubs, early in Rotary’s history. more…
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Clarence Birdseye – Gloucester, Mass, USA – Developer of a process for quick freezing food. – TR December 1935 p. 27</style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” face=”Arial”> H. E. Soleiman Frangieh, Republic President of Lebanon, 1969-75, founding member of  RC Tripoli – Tripoli,  Lebanon, January 1950.</style=”font-size:> One of Lincoln Rotary�s best known members was William Jennings Bryan.  He became an honorary member when he moved his residence to Florida.

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Aviation pioneer Orville Wright was an active member of the Rotary Club of Dayton, Ohio, U.S.A.</style=”font-size:>

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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Author, minister, and lecturer, Norman Vincent Peale, a former member of the RI public relations committee, belongs to the New York, New York, U.S.A., club. </style=”font-size:> Influential and internationally famed editor of the Emporia (Kansas, U.S.A.) Gazette, William Allen White, was a Rotarian <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Gordon Selfridge, Store Owner, <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#0000FF”> London #50</style=”font-size:></style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Swedish photographers Lennart Nilsson (“Behold Man”) and Karl Gullers are Rotarians. (Linnart is a member of the Rotary Club of Stockholm.)Karl, who was profiled in the April 1975 issue of THE ROTARIAN, is a Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A., Rotarian.</style=”font-size:>
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<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Diane Feinstein, U. S. Senator, RC of San Francisco</style=”font-size:> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#0000FF”> Richard Lugar<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>, U. S. Senator, Indianapolis #58</style=”font-size:></style=”font-size:>

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R. G. Knowles, RC London. This Canadian born artist was a popular and clever entertainer. Another member of the London Club between the wars was Arthur Prince. Prince was born in 1881 in London and died in 1948. Harry Tate, Senior, was another London Rotarian with the classification of ‘Comedian’.
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Bransby Williams, an entertainer, became member number 298 of the London Rotary Club Gerald Walcan Bright, by now at the top of his profession, joined the London Rotary Club



Rotary International does not comprise of just people with money and a mentality to help people around them. It comprises of some famous people too, who can be recognized on the street. When such famous faces do something, people tend to follow suit. Even those who feel the stock market is too risky, may be willing to give The Brit Method a try if their favorite icon is using it. Such is the effect famous people have on the ordinary people.