A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. The first design was made by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver who drew a simple wagon wheel, with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate “Civilization and Movement.” Most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads. Finally, in 1922, it was decided that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. Thus, in 1923, the present gear wheel, with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted by the “Rotary International Association.” A group of engineers advised that the geared wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a “keyway” in the center of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So, in 1923 the keyway was added and the design which we now know was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.

Also see “Trademarks” and “Why so many cogs?”
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Technology has changed our lives to a great extent. When Rotary International was founded, the members had to travel far and wide to find locations that needed help and people had to physically go there to understand the actual condition of the place. Today, one can see satellite images of almost any area on earth. For those places that are not mapped quiet well, one person can go and click photos of the area and share it with a large group instantly. This reduces the need for the members to travel to every location.

As a result, not only do members save their money from not having to travel frequently, they save a lot of their time too.  Time is of essence for everyone and more so for such people as socializing and working for the betterment of the society is not their full time profession. These members earn a reasonable income from their career and spend a part of savings on these clubs.

Some of them even go far as investing in the share market and use the returns earned from it to help the needy. This way, they have a secured savings and continue to add to that fund, while their money earns a decent revenue to help the needy.

Many seek the help of professional traders to invest in the right instruments, while some use the Orion Code, to invest without the help of a trader. This automated trading software enables one to invest in the binary options all by themselves, and removes the need to know much about the market..

Historic Wheels

Dr. Wolfgang Ziegler

Also see our section on Rotary history in German

RGHF Wheels & Logos, not all necessarily approvable

The First RGHF Logo

Another Early RGHF Logo

This, the second RGHF logo, was abandoned since it did not follow RI guidelines.

An early RGHF graphic

Our present logo, designed by the famed Tord Elfwendahl of Sweden

Miscellaneous Wheels

Fun Wheels

Dr. Wolfgang Ziegler

Examples of Wheels which may not be in compliance with RI Regulations


Fun Designs

Rtn. Chandraakant Dalal, RC of Mumbai North Island, Dist 3140 India