|Rotary International Women Directors|
|RID 11/13 Elizabeth S. Demaray, RC of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, District 6290, Zone 29 2011/2013
RI Treasurer 2012/13
(Also see the RGHF Women and Rotary Video Project of 2013)
|25 January 2013: “This morning loving mom, wife, and friend, Betsy (Boyer) Demaray journeyed to heaven to be with Jesus. Embarking on a new adventure, she leaves behind a legacy of compassion and love for all of us to learn from. She is now experiencing all the treasures of heaven….in fact, God has probably put her on the Board of Directors :). God bless you all.” Tina and family Memorial on RGHF’s public Facebook page.|
|Betsy Demaray has been a member of the Sault Ste. Marie, MI Rotary Club since 1988, serving as its president twice. At the District level, she served as DG 6290 2000-01, Foundation chair, Membership chair and numerous other committees. She served as the General Chair of Great Lakes Rotary Multi-district PETS for 2 years. At the RI level, she served as a Training Leader at the International Assembly 2 years, as RRIMC, World Affairs Committee, Leadership and Development Committee, Family of Rotary Task Force, Zone Coordinator for the Brisbane Convention, and TRF Paperwork Review Committee. In her Zone, Betsy was Institute Training Leader, Program Chair and Chief Sgt at Arms. She and Ken have served at 2 International Conventions on the Senior Sgt. at Arms team. Betsy has been a President�s Representative seven times and is a recipient of the Rotary International Service Above Self Award.
She and Ken are both Paul Harris Fellows, benefactors and members of the Bequest Society. They have been host parents to six exchange students, were part of a Discovery Grant mission to Jamaica and were on two working visits to Nicaragua�s Children of the Dump project. Ken is a member and past President of the Chippewa County Sunrise Rotary Club.
In the community, Betsy�s activities have centered around her volunteer work in Rotary, with time taken out to be the President of the United Way and Board of Realtors, and be active in numerous organizations including The New Hope House, Sault Downtown Development Authority, and Chippewa County EDC. She currently sits as a trustee of the Lake Superior State University Foundation and the War Memorial Hospital Board. She is director of her church hand bell choir. In the 1980�s she was named one of the top five woman entrepreneurs in the State of Michigan, with the Athena Award.
Betsy and Ken have a son Eric, who owns an art printing business and gallery with his wife Kathy; and a daughter Tina, a teacher who with husband Scott have 2 daughters and 2 sons. Ken is a retired teacher and currently manages their various rental properties. They are also caregivers for their mothers, ages 93 and 95. Betsy is a commercial real estate broker, formerly a Bank Vice President. They have owned several businesses including an appraisal firm, an accounting firm, a sporting goods store, two motels and a fitness studio. Her educational background includes a B.S. degree in Accounting and Masters of Business Administration.
Prepared by RGHF member RID 11/13 Elizabeth S. Demaray, RC of Sault Ste. Marie, MI, District 6290, Zone 29
|Posted 4 October 2010 by Jack M. B. Selway, updated 25 January 2013|
|White House Speech 2012|
|Sault Ste. Marie, Mich. �
The 2012-13 President of Rotary International, Sakuji Tanaka of Japan, has announced that Elizabeth �Betsy� Demaray, from Sault Ste. Marie has been named as the Treasurer of Rotary International.Demaray currently sits on the 19 member Board of Directors of Rotary International for 2011-13, and each year one member of the board is appointed as the Treasurer. Demaray will be the first woman to ever served as an officer of the organization in its 105 year history and will oversee a $100 million budget. Rotary has 1.2 million members and over 34,000 Rotary clubs in 200 countries and territories around the world.Demaray joined the Rotary Club of Sault Ste. Marie in 1988, soon after women were allowed to join the organization. She became the club�s first female president in 1994 and served again as its president in 2007.
In 2000, she was elected as the first female District Governor for District 6290, which covers as far south as Holland, Mich. and as far north as Wawa, Ontario. She is second woman to sit on the International Board of Rotary, the first from the Western Hemisphere.
In addition to her involvement of Rotary, Betsy sits on the Board of War Memorial Hospital and on the Foundation Board for LSSU. In the past she has served as president of the United Way and the EUP Board of Realtors and sat on both the Chippewa County EDC and the Downtown Development Authority. She has been a member and the director of the Central United Methodist Church handbell choir for many years.
Betsy has been a licensed Realtor since 1978 and currently is an Associate Broker with Smith & Company Real Estate. During the past years she and husband Ken have owned and operated numerous businesses in Sault Ste. Marie including two motels, a sporting goods store, an accounting business, an appraisal firm and a fitness center. In the 1980s, Betsy was named one of the top five women entrepreneurs in the State of Michigan with the Athena Award. She and Ken have two children, Eric (Kathy) Demaray and Tina (Scott) Nason and four grandchildren.
Women like her have lent a meaning to women and Rotary and have made their presence felt in Rotary International. When it was a men oriented club, women were slowly included and were given the room and freedom to grow and do their part for the society. When women were portrayed as people who only worried about their looks and depended on products like FitoSpray, etc, to keep them slim and looking good for the camera, women like Betsy changed the perception for good.
|History of the Rotarians for Hearing Regeneration
Hearing is another major problem faced by many people around the world. Not being able to hear the voice of your near and dear ones is not a joke. Especially when it is not a serious issue but is just the lack of the right equipment and diagnosis, it can be very depressing. Even people who don’t know about binary options have the option to trade in it via Millionaire Blueprint. But people who have very small issues with the ear, are rendered deaf for life because they don’t have access to the right facilities. Rotary strives hard to reduce this.
In April of 2001 Gene and Margaret Pankey were invited to a luncheon at the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center at the University of Washington. Pankey, a member of the Clover Park Rotary Club in Lakewood, Washington, has severe hearing loss.
The Pankeys were seated at a table with Dr. George Gates, then Director of the VMBHRC, and Dr. Edwin Rubel, lead scientist at VMBHRC and co-discoverer that birds can recover their hearing after an incident causing them to suffer a loss.
After visiting with these two men and later hearing them speak of their project, Pankey asked if Rotary was doing anything to help them. Lions International was helping, they replied, but not Rotary.
Returning home, Pankey contacted PDG Dave Sclair, a friend and fellow member of the Clover Park Rotary Club, asking for his help in forming a committee to respond to the funding needs at VMBHRC. Pankey also asked then President Tom Faubion if he would appoint a club committee to help. Faubion agreed immediately.
Dr. David Cotant became Clover Park Club president in 2002 and continued the committee, consisting of Pankey, Sclair, Bill Imholt and Pete Yantorni.
The committee and VMBHRC staff met and ultimately determined that a video explaining hearing loss and the possibilities of regeneration would be the greatest help possible at the time.
A tour of the facility in the spring spring was attended by then RI Director Floyd and Sandra Olson, DG elect Bill and Karen McCarthy and several Clover Park Rotary Club leaders. During the tour, President Cotant presented a $1,500 donation with a promise that the Rotary Club would raise additional funds for the VMBHRC in the future.
In June of 2003, Rotary International approved formation of a medical fellowship, the International Fellowship of Rotarians Affected by Hearing Loss (IFRAHL �now known as Rotarians for Hearing Regeneration). Supporting this was then Rotary District 5020 Governor J. Ross White and district governors from Taiwan and Australia.
Pankey became Chairman, Sclair served as Vice-Chairman and Dr. David Cotant agreed to be Secretary-Treasurer. A board of directors consisted of Olson and PDG James Harris, later joined by John Manley of Tacoma Rotary North and Dr. Erin Wright of Victoria, B.C. Harbourside Rotary club.
A web site was developed and then updated and refined by the District webmaster, Don Bonner. a member of the Nanaimo, B.C. Rotary Club.
Since organizing the fellowship a lot of work has been done. Members have presented programs to over 40 Rotary clubs, obtained a grant to help finance the video project and produced the video – Hope for Hearing Loss. Programs have been presented at three District Conferences and exhibited at the 2005 RI Convention in Chicago where they passed out nearly 1,000 DVDs of Hope for Hearing Loss.
A new board was formed in June of 2006 to assist Pankey, Sclair and Cotant who were re-elected to serve another three year term.
Future RfHR plans include updating Hope for Hearing Loss to reflect new scientific breakthroughs and attend the 2007 RI Conference in Salt Lake City. RfHR also will continue to promote and support fundraisers to help the research department at VMBHRC.
Funding is extremely hard for research centers for hearing loss research, yet it has so much promise. RfHR exists today to give as much assistance as possible to help raise the funds needed to find a cure for hearing loss. To achieve this goal the group will continue organizing a variety of fund-raising events.
Greetings, I would like to thank all who have been involved in this important work of providing encouragement and information to Rotarians and their Clubs. In my opinion, in this electronic age, this is a very valuable resource. I offer my congratulations and sincere appreciation to all who have been involved and I urge you to keep up your good work. Sincerely, Wilf Wilkinson, President 2007/08 (President Elect Wilf is an RGHF Member)
Things are not what they used to be. Earlier, when we had to pass some information or let people know about something, we had to give it a good week’s time. This was the average time required for a messenger to deliver the message to the end party. Be it letters, telegram or even face to face messages, they took time. When it was an emergency or an important message to be passed, it was nothing short of a day or a two at least.
But today? People can pass messages within seconds. Sometimes reaching people electronically is faster than reaching them in person, despite being on the same floor. Offices use instant messaging services that allow them to communicate with one another. There are no peons or people carrying files from desk to desk, or asking the people to come to the boss’ cabin.
Everything has been revamped by the intrusion of technology. People don’t use a pen and a paper to make notes or write, they use computers and a variety of Apps to make notes, organize their schedule, inform other or intimate about an upcoming meeting, etc.
When people used to trade in the stock market, it used to be shunned by many as they were not aware of what really happens in a stock exchange and did not have sufficient knowledge either. They feared losing their money in the name of investments. But today, people want to beg, borrow, steal and invest money in the stock market. Whether they know about the market, are able to understand the various figures and charts or have the time to follow the stock movements carefully, they want to invest.
For those who are ignorant about the stock market, the binary options trading could be a good option as there are only two outcomes and there is no complication whatsoever. They may require to know a little about the market, to make the right purchasing decision. But with the introduction of automated software like Orion Code, one need not know anything about software or trading. They just have to download this software and it will od the rest. It will take decisions based on the signals it receives and the parameters chosen by the user. Hence one is invested without knowing about the market. the investor can sit back and relax now, without having to worry about their lack of stock market knowledge.
In such an age, when Rotarians come together to discuss and unearth the history behind rotary, so that others can know more about this wonderful organization and the next generation can know the origin or Rotary too, is a great move. When there is a comprehensive website with all the details present, one can learn a lot about Rotary and will also know where to contribute any information they have. When there is a website accessible by one and all, one can send in the details there or contact someone through the website. They don’t have to go on a man hunt, looking for the person who wrote the history book.
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| Jean Thomson Harris
This project, to document the life of Jean Harris, was begun on 27 January 2002 at the suggestion of Maureen Bonds, Bulawayo Rotary Club / Zimbabwe, South Africa
|The young hiker had not noticed the underbrush’s damage to his jacket. “Oh, it’s torn!” cried somebody sympathetically. “But I could easily repair it for you. My name’s Jean Thomson.”|
He looked at her and promptly forgot all about the rip.
“I’m Paul Harris,” said he. “I enjoy hiking. I think it’s wonderful.”
The Golden Strand (An informal history of the Rotary Club of Chicago) Quadrangle Books, Chicago 1966
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| Rotary at 105
By Frank Deaver
Rotary Club of Tuscaloosa, Alabama USAHappy 105th birthday, Rotary! When you were born in Chicago more than a century ago, it was a cold winter month. In neighboring Kansas and Missouri, state records were set in February 1905, with the temperature reaching 40 degrees below zero in each state (and at that level, Fahrenheit and Celsius readings are identical).
Things have changed dramatically, Rotary, during your life-span. In the year of your birth, more than 95 percent of babies in the United States were born in the home, and life expectancy was 47 years. Only 6 percent of adults had graduated from high school; 14 percent of homes had a bathtub, and 8 percent had a telephone.
A lot has changed over the years. Things are not what it used to be when Rotary was initiated. Money had a different use and meaning back then. Today, money has become a highly demanded commodity and no amount of money seems to be enough. People want to invest and increase their income. Many don’t know how to trade in a stock market but automated trading platforms like HBSwiss, seems to have changed all that.
Sugar, when you were an infant organization, cost four cents a pound, eggs were 14 cents a dozen, and coffee was 15 cents a pound. There were 8,000 cars in the United States, and only 144 miles of paved roads. It was the year in which Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt were married, and when Orville and Wilbur Wright first took flight. Jean-Paul Sartre, Dag Hammarskjold, Howard Hughes, and Henry Fonda were born in 1905.
But perhaps, Rotary, the event of 1905 that stands in greatest contrast to you was the birth that year of the city of Las Vegas, Nevada. In the midst of largely barren and arid land, artesian springs created a valley oasis, a stopping point for 19th century travelers. The name Las Vegas is a translation from Spanish, meaning “The Meadows.” But when the railroad was extended through the valley, 1200 lots were auctioned off in a single day, and the meadows became an instant town.
What is remarkable, Rotary, is how different you and Las Vegas have become. Although both of you have grown phenomenally, Las Vegas is known as a place of pleasure, while you, Rotary, are recognized world-wide as a citadel of service. You stand as distinctly contrasting examples of egoism and altruism.
It’s not that there is anything wrong with pleasure and egoism. Even you, Rotary, offer great pleasure to your members, and a degree of healthy egoism in your accomplishments. And countless of your members have delighted in the pleasures of Las Vegas.
But you, Rotary, have grown to be the world’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious service organization of all time. You contribute more than any other non-government entity to the welfare of mankind. You count among your members some of the leading figures of many nations.
As you look back, Rotary, on your past 105 years and their accomplishments, you have all the more reason to look forward to many years of opportunities and successes that lie before you.
Your birthday cake has many candles, Rotary, but there is room for many more. As your life already has extended far beyond that of your creators, it will similarly go far beyond the lives of your present members. As far into the future as we can see, Rotary, you will continue to be the inspiration for Service Above Self, because The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands
|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.|
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)|
|<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”=””> 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.||
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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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|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.
ROTARY IN THE BALKANS: ROMANIA
There are a lot of people around the world who don’t have even the basic necessities. It is not just the third world countries, many of the developed countries have spots where such people exist. They can see the development around them but they live a very backward lifestyle.
Not all of them want money to buy things or get better amenities. Many of them want a chance or a venue to use their abilities to earn themselves a better lifestyle. These people have the talent and the determination to do things on their own. Rotary helps such people by giving them what they need the most.
A lady with a big family to feed can do with a bank account filled with money or a big bundle of notes in her hand. But what will she do after she runs out of that money ask for more? She will definitely need money till her kids grow up and will also need money to educate them for a decent future.
What Rotary does is teaches her a skill like tailoring and buys her a sewing machine. Now she can sew and earn her own living instead of depending on others or just charity. Rotary helps people stand on their own feet. With the money she earns, she can feed her children, educate them and if she has some savings, she can invest in the stock market through HBSwiss too. Since this software does not require the user to know much about the stock market, anyone can benefit out of this as they can invest in various stocks.
Like other former Eastern Bloc countries, ROMANIA had a flourishing Rotary District (84) in the 1930s, but under totalitarian influence, firstly as part of the Axis, and later under Communist control, Rotary and Freemasonry were both banned.
The first club to be chartered was in Bucharest on 20 May 1929 with Timisoara close behind on May 24 1929. Others followed with Brasov inaugurated on November 5 1930, Cernauti on November 17, 1930, and then Arad on January 3 1933, Campina on January 29 1934, Iasi on March 30 1934 and finally Ploesti on June 13 1936.
In 1938, Agripa Popescu from the Bucharest Club, became the first Romanian to serve as a Director of RI . A letter from him to Paul Harris asking whether Harris was a freemason received this response from Harris.
Cernauti’s existence was terminated on August 6 1940 but the other six officially remained until December 31 1941. However, the Germans had entered Romania on October 6 1940 and as elsewhere, Rotary meetings were discouraged, if not immediately banned.
It was not until May 1 1992 that Bucharest was re-admitted and in the 2005/6 RI Directory, some 58 clubs are listed for Romania. Their chartering dates are all post 1992.
Posted by Historian Basil Lewis 18 December 2005
Elsewhere in this archive, there are articles about ‘Freemasons’ and their relations with Rotary. One question sometimes asked is whether Paul Harris was a mason. We know that other early Chicago Rotarians were masons, and details of Gus Loehr’s membership appear on our pages. However, from a letter written in 1937 (above left) to Governor Agripa Popescu, it appears that Paul Harris was never a freemason.
A Review of District 5040 Numbers
Rotary arrived in the Pacific Northwest of North America when the Vancouver, B.C. Club was chartered in 1913. RI established districts in 1915 and designated British Columbia, Alaska, Washington, and Oregon as District 15. Three years later, the district number was changed to 22. In 1937, it was renumbered 101 and Idaho was added, making it the largest geographical district in the world of Rotary. The number changed again in 1949 to 151, but the district was reduced in size. In 1956, the District was split into two, and a year later the 151 part was renumbered 504, with no change in boundaries. Rotary growth dictated further changes in the boundaries in 1973 and again in 1987. In 1992, the computer age dictated the change to the four digit number of 5040.
A Brief History of the District
From the beginning, and for many years, the area that is now District 5040 was part of an international district. In the late 1980s, district boundaries were changed, putting it completely within the province of British Columbia. In 1950, prior to this change, this international aspect of the District began to take on a more concrete form, when the concept of an International House, on the campus of the University of British Columbia, was put forth. A committee was set up to investigate the possibility.
Initially, a corner of a room in one of the university buildings was used as a sort of social centre for Canadian and foreign students. In the spring of 1951, the Rotary Club of Marpole (now Vancouver South) became interested, and after some months of negotiations, an old army hut (twenty-six by fifty-two feet) was made available. Members of the Rotary Club turned out en masse and spent more than four hundred hours, working evenings to refurbish the building. Furniture was supplied by the Zonta Club, an international business woman�s organization. The Rotary Club budget for the project was four thousand dollars. A large poster was affixed to the outside of the building. reading:
THAT BROTHERHOOD MAY PREVAIL THROUGHOUT THE WORLD
Activities consisted of Sunday dinners with Swedish, Spanish, Burmese, Chinese, French, and East and West Indian dishes. Various speakers discussed aspects of their life, with one hundred and twenty students or more attending daily sessions.
It soon became apparent that a larger and more permanent House was needed. In 1953,
following consultations with the Marpole Club, the University of British Columbia, and the Rotary Club of Vancouver, the latter club agreed to raise at least $150,000. Four years later, on the 20 November 1957, Reg Rose presented a cheque for $150,000 on behalf of the Vancouver Club, and construction began. Some fifteen months later, the new House was opened by former First Lady Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt. This became the first permanent International House to be established in this zone, with the purpose of promoting ��.understanding and goodwill among the students of different nationalities and races attending the University of British Columbia, and thereby fostering more friendly international relationships and world peace.�
In 1973, District 503 was formed from parts of District 504 and District 502, which reduced not only the geographic size of the District 504 but also the number of clubs. As a result, the District became more manageable. Eighteen new clubs were added over the next decade, the record year being 1980-81, under DG Chuck Wong, when six clubs were added. This decade also saw a visit from RI President Bob Manchester. World Community Service (WCS) projects were initiated. In co-operation with District 386 in the Philippines, the District, assisted by a grant from the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), spent one hundred thousand dollars to provide pure water and decent sanitation in several urban and rural areas in the Philippines. DG Jack Hotell emphasized �world understanding and peace through Rotary� by finalizing two more WCS programs in the Philippines. Meanwhile, two Group Study Exchange (GSE) teams were exchanged with England and Japan.
Once again with sixty-three clubs, the District had grown too large for effective administration, so it was split into two, leaving it with thirty-one clubs. Negotiated by DG Mel Sprowat in 1985, the division became effective on 1 July 1987 under DG Dick Metcalfe. Again, the smaller, more manageable district led to new clubs being chartered, nineteen in all.
The PolioPlus project was inaugurated by RI, and DG Jack Campbell (87-88) headed up a very successful fundraising project. The following year was a milestone year as it saw the admission of women into Rotary. DG Al Cheshire and his spouse acted as a team to encourage the participation of women in Rotary. District 504 had the honour of hosting the RI board of directors for ten days in 1990. In the following year, DG Corey Holob initiated the Zone Representative concept, and held the first annual Foundation dinner. The next year, under DG Art Gambrel, the Foundation dinners were increased to four, to cover all of the clubs of this vast district. DG Art held his District (now numbered 5040) Conference out-of-district at Penticton, in conjunction with District 5050.
In 1992-93, with Charles Loh as district governor, the following RI awards were presented to members of the District. The Significant Achievement award was won by the Rotary Club of Vancouver South for the unique project Heritage Forest; Service Above Self awards were presented to Rotarians Anup Jubbal and Michael Cruise; eleven clubs received Presidential Citation awards; Special Recognition was made of Charles and Carol Loh for their contributions to The Rotary Foundation. The Foundation fundraising campaign, including the four regional dinners, raised U.S.$412,324.16, a District record. DG Charles held a Cruise District Conference, the first for the district, and the last allowed by RI. Two scholarship funds were established: one by the Prince George and the Prince George-Nechako Clubs for the new University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) with a matching provincial grant; the other scholarship was donated by Charles and Carol Loh for the exchange of medical students between China and British Columbia, under Rotary�s Ambassadorial Scholarship Program.
This decade ended with DG Irwin Stewart at the helm. He increased the number of Foundation Dinners to five. In addition to organizing a WCS project in Uganda-Operation Hearing, Dr. Stewart and his wife, Lois, travelled twice to Kenya as Rotary volunteers to participate in another Operation Hearing, under the sponsorship of the Rotary 3-H Program. They also carried out extensive volunteer medical work in the Canadian north, Thailand, and in the South Pacific. A second GSE team was exchanged with District 1060 in England. Another out-of-district conference was held at Victoria, again with District 5050.
Rotarian Dave Ker, acted as special representative of the District Governor of District 5010 to charter the Rotary Clubs of Novosibirsk and Barnaul in eastern Russia The involvement in Russia of Dave and his wife Lis, inspired Lis, and other spouses of members of the Vancouver South Rotary Club to set up the Spouses Program for Siberia. DG Dave and Lis established a Scholarship Endowment Fund with TRF to provide scholarships for students from Siberia to attend an introductory business program at the British Columbia Institute of Technology at Burnaby, B.C.
The District had the honour of twice hosting RI President Luis Giay and his wife, Celia, during the summer of 1996.
The Rotary World Help Network, which facilitates the distribution of medical and educational materials around the world, was formed in 1997, through the hard work of Bill Richwa and a number of Vancouver Rotarians. Assistant district governors were first appointed in 1998 by DG Neil King. A district liability insurance policy covering twenty-five clubs was instituted, and a District web site was started.
The Blue Denim Seminar (a training session for DGNs, DGEs and DGs from the ten districts that form the Pacific Northwest President�s Elect Training Seminar [PETS]) was brought to Vancouver by DG Chris Offer in 1999. He also brought the Zone 22 Institute to Vancouver in 2000. Four new clubs were chartered. The District received the award for the district in Zone 22 with the highest percentage increase of giving to The Rotary Foundation. DG Chris is remembered for his thirty-six thousand dollar haircut that contributed to the high level of giving to TRF.
Dr. Shafique Pirani of the Rotary Club of Burnaby started the Uganda Clubfoot Project, described below, with a Rotary Foundation matching grant. An all-medical GSE Team, led by PDG Dr. Irwin Stewart, and funded by the Charles and Carol Loh Rotary Foundation Endowment Fund, was sent to China.
When charity goes global, Rotary International is the first name that comes to our minds. This is how this club has changed the mindset of the people all over the world. People and their thoughts evolve to make the world what it is today.
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