One can invest in stocks and precious metals, from any part of the world

“Our Foundation Newsletter” was created 1 March 2001 by RGHF (Rotary Global History) Founding Member, Past Rotary Foundation Coordinator, and RGHF director emeritus PDG Dr. Eddie Blender and is now edited by Past RGHF chair Calum Thomson, Scotland.

It is not just newsletters, but many rules and regulations get changed over time too. This is done to suit the current needs and also to ensure the concept evolves over time and is in tandem with the current scenario.

If you take investments for that matter, what used to be a small scale operation has now blown over and is a full pledged international operation. One can invest in stocks and precious metals, from any part of the world. And with technology improving, the trading has all gone online for one and all to use, right from the comforts of their own homes. They need not travel to a common place where the stocks are bought and sold, need not shout and get what they want. People can pick up binary options and other stock options, with the touch of a button today. To top it all, we have the automated softwares like HBSwiss, where one need not do much and the App will take care of it all. All the analyses is done by the computer and the investment moves are done for you based on these analyses and calculations. Being developed by an experienced trader, this software takes into account everything a trader would, before making an investment.

However, if you are planning to invest in the stock market by buying some binary options for yourself, here are few of the terms to know about:

Binary options, also known as exotic options are available to invest in and sell within a fixed time period as they have an expiry date. The most common among these options are the high low option, also known as the fixed return option. The expiry time is also called a strike price and this is the price that determines the outcome of a trader’s investment.

If the trader’s judgment is correct and when the option expires, if his quote is on the right side of the option, he is paid in full. The instrument may have moved only a little but if it had gone up as anticipated by the trader, even if it does not match the amount quoted by the trader, he gains.

On the other hand, if the instrument had moved in the other direction, even if only a little, the trader loses it all. Hence the risk is high and the returns are also equally high. Trading in binary options will require one to have a sound knowledge about the market; else they can take help from the various softwares available in the market.

When the market it expected to rise, the trader purchases a call option and when the market is expected to go down, the trader will purchase a put option. When the option expires, the movement of the option is analyzed to see if it has indeed gone up or down. And then the trader is settled, based on his call or put option.

When the binary option is outside the US, it is mostly the current price that is taken as the strike price. When these options are offered, all details are disclosed to the traders. The details include the payout, strike price, expiry, and risks involved. These details are crucial for a trader to decide on his call or put option.

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Painfully engorged veins that are even visible to the naked eye

In the recent past, we all have experienced a great surge of stress in our lives. Most people are almost always overloaded with tension and work pressure. People may be involved in spending long hours standing or sitting in one place or traveling long distances to get to work or complete other chores. All of this results in poor or deteriorated health. It is not uncommon for men and women to have a headache or be extremely tired at the end of every day. Yet another common condition seen amongst stressed people are varices. These are painfully engorged veins that are even visible to the naked eye. It is also a symptom of the condition varicose veins.

This problem has been increasing many folds since quite some time. Statistics prove that as many as one in every three women and one in five men who are older than the age of 45 years have shown effects of engorging veins in their lower limbs. This condition is not just painful but aesthetically unpleasant as well. Many women become conscious of their varicose veins which affects their confidence as well.

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Troxerutine: It is known to remove sensations of fatigue and weakness from the body. It also re-energizes the blood vessels and improves the flow of blood in them.

Caffeine, honey, Ginkgo Balboa: It stimulates the blood vessels to improve the flow of blood. It also helps in the regeneration of cells and tissues of the body.

Chestnut and Birch leaves: It helps to add strength to the blood vessels that invariably improves blood flow. It also improves the tone of blood vessels making them elastic and more flexible.

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Its use is very simple, as it is available in cream form. It must be lightly rubbed on the affected areas of the leg. It must be used for 2 weeks or can also be used as a preventive measure.

Ordering Varikosette is very simple as it is available online at some unbelievable discounted price.

The Rotary Club from all over the world has always attempted to improve relationships

The Rotary Club from all over the world has always attempted to improve relationships and enhance the quality of life. For this, they have explored many avenues right from helping the down trodden, differently abled people or even improve the quality of life for the general public. Within the general public, the women especially have been paid additional attention.

Women have been encouraged to manage the financial portfolio of the house and take up other such empowering responsibilities. However, empowerment is synonymous with confidence. And confidence is achieved when a woman thinks she is perfect aesthetically as well. And to enhance the aesthetic appearance, women feel the need to have lustrous healthy and strong hair.

Sadly, long healthy hair that bounce with volume is hardly a fact for most women. As maximum women face hair fall, dull, brittle hair that lacks volume and strength. It usually is the result of lack of time for self-grooming paired along with increased stress levels. There is always pressure to perform and pressure to achieve goals which tend to put personal care in the backseat.

And even if you choose to take care, there are numerous products in the market that make big promises, and most of the products fail to keep them. While some of the products are exorbitant. So what does a person do, when looking out for an easily available, easy to use and cost effective option? Hair MegaSpray comes to your rescue.

This product is made of natural ingredients that give your hair that ‘Vitamin bomb’ it very much needs. Its natural ingredients include Vitamin A and Vitamin E, these are useful in protecting the hair from harmful effects of exposure to sun and air, also plays a significant role in reducing hair fall. It also helps in improving the strength of hair. Coconut and avocado oil in Hair MegaSpray helps to combat the negative effects of hair coloring and also supports the Vitamins.

Chamomile extracts and boilers help in making the hair naturally stronger and softer to touch. The Argan oil is a naturally available anti-oxidant that helps to make the hair look shiny and soft. The cinnamon oil helps to provide a soothing effect to the scalp and the brittle oil helps to smoothen out unruly hair.

But to get the maximum advantage of this product, one must also take care of other factors that aid improved hair growth.

The first and most important factor is to include a healthy and balanced diet. It is often the lack of nutrients that is the root cause of hair loss. Taking regular multi vitamins and a good diet will improve the results.

The next factor that plays an important role is stress. No matter what products you use, if you have a high stress lifestyle your hair are going to take a hit. Try and reduce the amount of stress or look out for options to cope with it.

Using an inappropriate comb often ends up breaking hair and leaving them brittle. Investing in a good comb that is suitable for your hair is important.

Using Hair MegaSpray is extremely easy. All you have to do is spray it across your hair and then massage your scalp with it. Then using a warm towel, you must cover your hair which will improve the effects of the products. Continue this for about an hour after which you can wash your hair as usual.

Acquiring the product is very easy, as it is available online. There are also some great offers and discounts going on the product.



Prepared by the district and not verified by Rotary Global History Fellowship


Early Clubs in Ohio: Rotary arrived in Ohio when Robert Wilson of Cincinnati invited Brad Bullock, President of the New York City Club and a Vice President of The National Association of Rotary Clubs, to come and assist in establishing Rotary in Cincinnati.  As a result of their efforts, the Rotary Club of Cincinnati received charter number 17 and was admitted into Rotary on 26 November 1910.

                  No      Name         Charter Date

18    Cleveland     26 April 1911

                  38    Columbus      5 August 1912

                  44    Toledo           1 June 1912

                  47    Dayton           1 August 1912

                  98    Springfield    1 March 1914

                107    Akron            1 April 1914

                135    Piqua            1 January 1915

                137    Youngstown  1 February 1915

                143    Lima              1 April 1915

                146    Canton           1 April 1915

                156    Zanesville      1 May 1915           

By 1915, Rotary had grown to 160 clubs and 20,000 members. This growth brought on the establishment of districts to facilitate the administration of this expanding organization. Ohio, West Virginia and lower Michigan became known as the 7th District. Each district�s presiding officer was called an International Trustee and later, this title was changed to District Governor.

When the number increases, the process gets streamlined and terminologies change. Everything evolves and adapts to the current trends. If you are an investor, you would be aware of how technology has replaced the need for traders. Earlier people had to choose the right trader or trading company to invest their money with. But today they need to choose between HBSwiss and other such softwares which helps in investments.

District 7 On 1 September 1915, District 7 was created.  It was comprised of the entire state of Ohio, West Virginia, and Michigan (Lower Peninsula).

1915 Charles F. Laughlin*………………………….. Cleveland

1916 Jacob A. Oswald* ……………………………… Dayton

1917 Ed R. Kelsey* ……………………………………. Toledo

District 10 On 1 July 1918, District 10 was created.  It consisted of the entire state of Ohio

1918 Charles H. Brown* ………………………….. Columbus

1919 John R. Bentley* ……………………………. Cleveland

1920 Samuel H. Squire* ………………………….. Elyria

1921 Robert Patterson* …………………………… Dayton

District 21 On 1 July 1922, Districts 21 and 22 were created in the state of Ohio.

District 21 was made up of the following:  that portion north of the southern boundaries of the counties of Mercer, Auglaize, Hardin, Marion, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Ashland, Holmes, Tuscarawas, Stark and Columbiana.  District 22 was:  the portion south of the southern boundaries of the counties of Mercer, Auglaize Hardin, Marion, Morrow, Richland, Ashland, Homes, Tuscarawas, Stark and Columbiana.

1922 Theodore E. Smith* ……………………………. Akron

1923 Samuel Siddall* ……………………………….. Warren

1924 Clarence H. Collings*…………………….. Cleveland

1925 Leonard T. Skeggs* …………………… Youngstown

1926 Charles Hartmann* ……………………………. Toledo

1927 Charles J. Starkey* ………………………. Ashtabula

1928 Joseph M. Markley* ………………………….. Canton

1929 Arthur R. Christy* ……………………………. Fremont

1930 Lawrence H. Webber*………………………….. Elyria

1931 Fred L. Hopkins* ……………………………… Fostoria

1932 Roland L. White* ……………………………….. Toledo

1933 James G. Card* ……………………………. Cleveland

1934 Alva F. Gluck* …………………………………. Minerva

1935 Paul V. Barrett*…………………………………. Findlay

1936 Dillon Crist* …………………………………….. Alliance

District 158 On 1 July 1937, three districts were created in the state of Ohio: 157, 158, and 159.  District 157 was that portion north of the southern boundaries of the counties of Drake, Miami, Champaign, Union, Delaware, Knox and Holmes, and west of the western boundaries of the counties of Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas (previously part of District 21).

On 1 July 1940, there were only two districts: 157 and 159.  On 1 January 1942, again three districts � 157, 158 and 159 � came into effect.

On 1 July 1943 there were minor adjustments in the three districts.

1937-38 O. D. Everhard* …………………….. …….. Barberton

1938-39 Ralph W. Bell* …………………………………. Bedford

1939-40 Ray H. Kasper* ……………………..  ……….. Canton

1940-41 H. K. Carpenter* … Heights of Greater Cleveland

1941-42 Rev. Roland A. Luhman* ……………. Youngstown

1942-43 A. Z. Baker* …………………………………. Cleveland

1943-44 Norman W. Adams* ………………………….. Warren

1944-45 Harry E. Votaw* …………………………………. Akron

1945-46 George S. Baldwin* …………………… E. Cleveland

1946-47 Robert A. Manchester* ……………….. Youngstown

1947-48 Wheeler J. Welday* …………………… Steubenville

1948-49 Russell A. Strausser* …………………….. Louisville

District 229 On 1 July 1949, three districts were renumbered.  #157 became 227, #158 became 229, and #159 became 231, and two more districts were created: #230 (1955-56) and #232 (1950-51).

1949-50 Hugh K. Dawson* ………………………… Lakewood

1950-51 Hiram W. McGrath*…………………….. Columbiana

1951-52 Bryce C. Browning* ……………. New Philadelphia

1952-53 Charles L. Naylor* ………………………….. Ravenna

1953-54 Arthur L. Sayles* ……………………………… Alliance

1954-55 Edward H. Broughton* …………………… Ashtabula


District 230

1955-56 Garrison R. Hostetler* ………………………. Canton

1956-57 Samuel H. Pollock*…………………….. Steubenville

District 665 On 1 July 1957, districts in the state of Ohio were renumbered as follows:  #227 became 660, #229 became 665, #231 became 667 and #232 became 669.

1957-58 Carl A. Lincke* ……………………………… Carrollton

1958-59 Gervis S. Brady*……………………………….. Canton

1959-60 Amos R. Buchman* ………………………… Wooster

1960-61 Ira E. Surbey*…………………….. New Philadelphia

1961-62 Fred W. Lyons* …………………………. Youngstown

1962-63 William J. Hagenlocher* ………….. North Canton

1963-64 S. N. McIntosh* ………………………….. Millersburg

1964-65 Bryce W. Kendall* ……………………………… Salem

1965-66 C. William Hulbert* ………………………… Hubbard

1966-67 Stewart P. Witham*……………………………. Canton

1967-68 Lindsey W. Williams* ………………………… Rittman

1968-69 O. K. Brown* …………………………………….. Dover

1969-70 James R. Allison* …………………… East Palestine

1970-71 Lester R. Stauffer*…………………………….. Warren

1971-72 Herbert O. Zimmer …………………….. Youngstown

1972-73 William H. Elliot* ……………………………… Minerva

1973-74 Francis H. Lang* …………………….. East Liverpool

1974-75 E. R. Malone* ………………………….. North Canton

1975-76 Stanley C. Ewing ……………………………… Canton

1976-77 James E. Neff …………………………………. Canfield

1977-78 John L. Hutson* ………………………… Columbiana

1978-79 Lowell B. Bourns* ……………………………. Wooster

1979-80 Ernest A. Gardner* …………………… Canal Fulton

1980-81 William H. Stull* ………………………… North Canton

1981-82 Donald J. McTigue …………………… Girard-Liberty

1982-83 John A. Maxwell ……………………………….. Canton

1983-84 Emmet L. Riley…………………………………… Dover

1984-85 James E. Tallman…………………………………. Niles

1985-86 Jack K. Vogel* …………………………………… Salem

1986-87 Philip A. Snyder……………………………. Boardman

1987-88 James J. LaPolla ……………………………. Howland

1988-89 Paul E. Paulson*……………………………. Massillon

1989-90 Myron E. Ullman* ……………………………. Canfield

1990-91 Rollin O. McClelland* …………………… Millersburg

District 6650 On 1 July 1991, three-digit numbers of all the districts in the world were switched to four-digit numbers by adding zero to each district.

On 1 July 1995, District 6650 became part of Zone 28, along with Districts 6290, 6310, 6330, 6360, 6380, 6400, 6540, 6600, 6630, 7090,7280,7300,7330.

1991-92 Joseph S. Guenther* ………………………… Canton

1992-93 John A. McKenzie ………………………….. Hubbard

1993-94 Charles B. Lang …………………….. East Liverpool

1994-95 W. Dallas Woodall ……………………………. Warren

1995-96 Leonard E. Schnell ………………………….. Wooster

1996-97 David C. Ewing…………………………………. Canton

1997-98 Michael J. Sabol …………………… Perry Township

1998-99 Jerold A. Haber …………………………..Youngstown

1999-00 Robert J. Beals* …………………….. East Liverpool

2000-01 M. Fred Miller ………………………………… Warren

2001-02 George H. Windate ………………………… Sugarcreek

2002-03 William E. Johnson ………………………. Youngstown

2003-04 Larry J. Warren…………………………………….. Poland

2004-05 Meena Patel………………………………………..Dover

2005-06 Jack E. Polen ……………………………………Malvern

2006-07 Geoffrey S. Goll …………………………………. Salem

2007-08 Dennis D. Huffman������…..North Canton

2008-09 Robert E. Pattison���������..Canton

* Deceased Governors

Distinguished International Officers of 6650

Past Rotary International Presidents

1955-56 A. Z. Baker*����������. Cleveland

1976-77 Robert A. Manchester*����.. Youngstown


Past Rotary International Director from District

1986-88 Bryce W. Kendall* �������.�…Salem


Past Trustee of The Rotary Foundation from District

 1994-95 Bryce W. Kendall* ���������Salem

Current Clubs of District 6650 by Charter Date

1-Feb-1915 Youngstown
1-Apr-1915 Canton
5-Jan-1917 Alliance
1-Feb-1917 Massillon
1-Jan-1918 New Philadelphia
1-Oct-1918 Warren
1-Jan-1920 Dover
1-Dec-1920 East Liverpool
1-Mar-1921 Wooster
1-Apr-1921 Salem
1-Apr-1921 Steubenville
1-Jun-1922 Millersburg
2-Mar-1923 Minerva
26-Mar-1923 Orrville
5-Apr-1923 Columbiana
5-May-1924 Carrollton
9-Jul-1924 Dennison
28-Sep-1925 Louisville
29-Sep-1925 Newcomerstown
19-Oct-1925 Rittman
14-Nov-1925 Niles
11-Jun-1926 Canal Fulton
30-Jan-1929 Sugarcreek
29-Mar-1929 North Canton
11-Mar-1938 Dalton
21-Jul-1938 Malvern
20-Jun-1955 Canfield
25-Jul-1955 Boardman
10-Oct-1955 Struthers
5-Mar-1956 Hubbard
5-Mar-1956 Newton Falls
16-Apr-1956 Girard-Liberty
14-May-1956 East Palestine
15-Mar-1958 Lake
28-Jun-1968 Austintown
9-Jan-1970 Perry
12-Mar-1972 Jackson
19-Jan-1977 Howland
14-Nov-1977 Brookfield
3-Nov-1978 Cortland
7-Mar-1983 Canton South
2-Feb-1984 Calcutta
1-Mar-1984 Champion
10-Dec-1984 Poland
23-Feb-1985 Plain
18-Mar-1988 East Canton
31-Mar-1988 Kinsman
10-Apr-2007 Bolivar-Zoar




A Part of Our History of Rotary in America


Prepared by the district and not verified by Rotary Global History


In mid 2008, after years of compilation, PDG Paul Sanborn, 1974-1975 (R.C. Cape Coral) presented to our district the following information in hopes to document a history of our district. We ask and hope all will continue this effort by contributing to this effort so that each of us help preserve our history and record the major events that occur within our district.


For the origin of Rotary in the area that now comprises our southern history, we go back to 1912 when the Jacksonville Club was founded, just seven years after the start of Rotary. By that time 40 clubs had been chartered by what was then known as the International Association of Rotary Clubs, Jacksonville joining as Number 41

Rotary had enough number of states in the US to expand in. However, when it comes to your money, you may want more options. When you are investing your money outside the US and decide to go in for binary options, you will have to approach individual traders as it is not offered on the stock exchange. Whether you are going through a trader or a software like HBSwiss, one cannot know the exact amount earned or lost in a trade. This is because the traders average it out between the winning and losing rtrades and payout from this money.

New Orleans was the only other club then in existence in the ten southwestern states. When the southern division was established in 1912 there were only three clubs, the two just mentioned and Louisville, Kentucky. Club number 117 was the first club in what is now District 6950, formerly District 696. It was organized in Tampa in June 1914. Every club in this District can proudly trace its linage back to the Tampa Club.
Rotary grew rapidly in the south. In 1947, the District had grown to 75 clubs and was very unwieldy to administer. It was divided into three districts. Territory north of Ocala was District 167A, 167B was composed of Miami and the East Coast. Central and Southwest Florida were placed in 167C.
Rotary International again in 1957 adopted a new system for numbering the districts. In that year our District became District 696. The District continued to grow and it became necessary to divide Central Florida from Southwest Florida. This was done in1970, when there were 72 clubs in the District. Southwest Florida retained the 696 designation while Central Florida became District 695. After the redistricting there were 42 clubs in 696.
By 1991 the District had increased to 65 clubs, again a redistricting was necessary. with clubs in the Tampa area going to District 695. It was that year also that Rotary International changed District designations by adding a zero to the number, thus making our District 6960, with 44 clubs.
By 1998 the south was comprised of four zones. Florida had eight Districts and hundreds of clubs. What we know today as District 6960 is the result of 13 areas regrouping, each one resulting in smaller geographical areas. District 6960 in 1998 had 48 clubs.
To see how and where the growth of Rotary has been in our area, we must remember that Jacksonville was organized in 1912. At that time there were only 50 clubs in the world with 5000 members.
Tampa became the sponsor of the Lakeland Club in 1918. Lakeland in turn sponsored 6 clubs from 1922 through 1925. Among those were the Fort Myers Club in 1922. That club celebrated their 86th anniversary on April 21st, 2008. Other clubs, no longer in District 6960 were Avon Park, Sebring, Bartow, Haines City, Winter Haven and Auburndale.
The first club after Fort Myers, now in District 6960 was Sarasota, sponsored by St. Petersburg in 1926. In that same year the Tampa Club sponsored Bradenton. Punta Gorda was sponsored by Fort Myers in 1929. Naples was brought into Rotary in 1951, sponsored by Fort Myers and Fort Myers Beach was sponsored by Fort Myers four years later in 1955. Englewood came into existence in 1959. Cape Coral was sponsored by the Fort Myers Beach Club in 1964. Marco Island, sponsored by Naples was chartered in 1966. There were 6 clubs chartered in 1973, Naples East ( now Naples Bay )North Fort Myers, Lakeland North( now in District 6950), Fort Myers East, Lehigh Acres and Sarasota Gulf Gate.
Bonita Springs, sponsored by Fort Myers Beach was admitted to Rotary on November 3,1978. The San Carlos-Estero Club, sponsored by Bonita Springs in 1986 , unfortunately was dissolved after a few years due to lack of membership. Bonita Springs also sponsored Bonita Springs Noon in 1992. Other clubs chartered in 1992 were; Murdock and Cape Coral North. In 1993 Fort Myers Gateway ( now Fort Myers Sunrise) joined Rotary International, as did Sarasota A.M. It was in 1994 that Harbor Heights/Peace River was chartered and Placida in 1998.

Two clubs, Estero and Lakewood Ranch were chartered in 2000. East Manatee ( originally named Sarasota Lakewood Ranch A.M. ) was chartered in2002. Sarasota Gateway joined Rotary International as a chartered club in 2005. There have been no other clubs chartered since that date and again unfortunately during the 2007-2008 Rotary year the District lost four Rotary Clubs for various reasons. Fort Myers Beach, Longboat Key, Osprey and Sarasota A.M.


As of the start of the 2008-2009 year District 6960 had 52 Rotary Clubs with 2500 members.

This has been an overview of how Rotary has grown in Southwest Florida. For clubs not mentioned in this overview, please refer to Club Genealogy on the following page.
Submitted By;

Paul W. Sanborn

PDG 1974-1975

District Historian



Tampa June 1914 5 In Organization None  
Lakeland    2-1-18    5 Tampa Malcom Jones
Fort Myers 4-1-22 8  Lakeland John Turner  
Avon Park   8-22-24    39  Lakeland Will Lanier
Sebring 9-8-24  39  Lakeland Will Lanier
Bartow 12-9-24  39  Lakeland Will Lanier
Haines City   5-12-25   39  Lakeland Will Lanier
Winter Haven 6-1-25  39  Lakeland Will Lanier
Auburndale 12-24-25     39  Lakeland John B. Orr
Lake Wales 3-4-26 39 Tampa John B.Orr
Sarasota 3-8-26 39 St. Petersburg John B.Orr
Bradenton 6-9-26 39 Tampa John B.Orr
Frostproof 11-10-27 39 Avon Park Bert Arnold
Punta Gorda 4-10-29 39 Fort Myers Will Lanier
Arcadia 5-10-46 167 Fort Myers  Fred Bultman
Palmetto 12-1-47 167C Bradenton Paul Stine
Venice-Nokomis 12-26-47 167C Sarasota Paul Stine
Naples 11-26-51 244 Fort Myers Mallory Roberts
Fort Myers Beach 4-28-55 244 Fort Myers Chesley Perry
South Manatee 11-23-55 244 Bradenton Arthur Kitchen  
Clewiston 6-26-56 243  Belle Glade William R. Robins
Sarasota Bay 11-13-58 696 Sarasota Richard Cuming
Englewood 5-28-59 696 Venice-Nokomis Richard Cuming
Sarasota Keys 5-12-60 696 Sarasota Everett Sumner
Fort Meade  6-10-60 696 Bartow Everett Sumner
Port Charlotte 2-10-61 696 Englewood  Stephen Grimes
Immokalee 6-13-62 696 Naples Robert Baynard
Cape Coral 5-21-64 696 Fort Myers Beach Lester Ginkel
Marco Island 5-28-66 696 Naples James Franklin, Jr.
Anna Maria Island 12-19-66 696 Bradenton John Neuner
Lakeland South 10-17-68 696 Lakeland Les Anderson Jr.
Fort Myers South 12-30-68 696 Fort Myers Les Anderson Jr.
Naples North 6-13-69 696 Naples Les Anderson Jr.
Cypress Gardens 6-20-70 696 Winter Haven Les Anderson Jr.
Lake Placid 3-8-71 695 Sebring Mark Hollis
Winter Haven North 5-13-72 595 Winter Haven Bob Neel
Naples East 3-10-73 696 Naples & Naples North Joe Selden Jr.
North Fort Myers 6-14-73 696 Cape Coral Joe Selden Jr.
Lakeland North 6-17-73 696  Lakeland K. R. Popham
Fort Myers East 6-25-73 696  Fort Myers Joe Selden Jr.
Lehigh Acres 6-30-73 696 Fort Myers & Cape Coral Joe Selden Jr.
Sarasota Gulf Gate 12-11-73 696 Sarasota Moody Rinehart
South Venice 9-27-76 696 Venice-Nokomis Woody Register
Bonita Springs 11-3-79 696 Ft. Myers Beach Joe Pendleton
Sanibel-Captiva 3-18-80 696 Ft. Myers Beach Joe Pendleton
Charlotte Harbor 4-4-80 696 Punta Gorda Joe Pendleton
Naples Gulfshore 1-28-81 696 Naples W.O. Gillenwaters
Sarasota Sunrise 3-30-81 696 Sarasota & Sarasota Bay &
Sarasota Gulf Gate & Sarasota Keys
W.O. Gillenwaters
West Bradenton 5-23-81 696 Bradenton W.O. Gillenwaters
Naples-Pelican Bay 6-11-81 696 Naples North W.O. Gillenwaters
Lake Wales A.M. 3-4-82 696 Lake Wales Roy Asbury
Lakeland Christina 6-30-82 696 Lakeland South Roy Asbury
Naples Sunset 4-26-83 696 Naples, Naples North Bill Hendry
Marco Sunrise 6-21-83 696 Marco Island Bill Hendry
Naples Golden Gate 3-5-84 696 Naples & Naples North Welch Whitesell
Sebring Sunrise 4-5-84 696 Sebring Welch Whitesell
Labelle 4-10-84 696 Fort Myers East Welch Whitesell
Englewood Lemon Bay 3-4-85 696 Englewood John Impertore
Cape Coral Goldcoast 8-6-85 696 Cape Coral Neal Patterson
San Carlos- Estero 2-19-86 696 Bonita Springs Neal Patterson
Lake Placid Noon 2-21-86 696 Lake Placid Neal Patterson
Avon Park Breakfast 5-17-87 696 Avon Park Robert Koo
Northport 5-27-87 696 Englewood Robert Koo
Sarasota Sunset 4-29-88 696 Sarasota Sunrise George Cobb II  
Cape Coral North 10-21-92 6960 Cape Coral Bernard Soep
Murdock 1-28-92 6960 Port Charlotte Desmond Farrell
Bonita Springs Noon  6-30-92 6960 Bonita Springs Desmond Farrell
Ft. Myers Gateway 9-12-93  6960 Ft. Myers East Henry Dawson
Sarasota A.M. 4-13-94  6960 Sarasota Sunrise Henry Dawson
Harbor Heights/Peace River 3-3-98 6960 Charlotte Harbor Pete Cypher
Placida 6-4-98 6960 Englewood Pete Cypher
Lakewood Ranch 4-20-01 6960 Sarasota Bay Gary Wilson
Estero 5-1-01 6960 Bonita Springs Noon Gary Wilson
North Port Central 1-4-02 6960 North Port  Dick Rehmeyer
East Manatee 6-15-02 6960 Sarasota Sunrise  Dick Rehmeyer
Sarasota Gateway 6-7-05 6960 Extension per R.I. Jerry Hearn

 NOTE: The following named clubs have changed club names since originally chartered

Fort Myers Gateway to Fort Myers Sunrise; Marco Island to Marco Island Noontime; Naples East to Naples Bay; Naples Golden Gate: to Naples Collier, South Venice to Venice Sunrise,  Sarasota Lakewood Ranch AM to East Manatee.

Convention” – Chicago August 15-17 1910 with 60 in attendance

The First “Convention” – Chicago August 15-17 1910 with 60 in attendance

More properly a meeting, or gathering that did result in an association

The Organization of the National Association of Rotary Clubs of America

  • The First National Convention of The Rotary Clubs of America

    • “Delegates from North, South, East and West, delegates from all parts of the United States: We have been called here to organize a national association of Rotary Clubs, and we have a great deal of business to transact.” With that statement “Rotary” as a larger organization began!

  • Harris’ first comments to the convention

  • Convention Banquet

  • Harris as banquet toastmaster

  • Harris’ first address as the new president

  • Visit Paul Harris’ president’s home page

  • 1940 Scrapbook photos of the 1910 convention

  • The Road I Have Traveled

  • Editor, RGHF senior historian Dr. Wolfgang Ziegler, Bavaria

  • Establishment of the Rotary Year

1910 Delegates to first convention of Rotary in Chicago. Click to enlarge. Description below.
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In attendance, with links to their histories: L-R San Francisco #2, Detroit #16, Milwaukee which would become #57 in 1913, Boston #7, Kansas City #13, Los Angeles #5, Chicago #1, Saint Louis #11, Seattle #4, New York City #6, New Orleans #12, Minneapolis #9, Lincoln #14, Portland #15, and Tacoma #8.  St. Paul #10 cannot be found in the photograph and may not have attended.  (Oakland #3, known then as Tri-City was having very poor attendance. “It was at its lowest in August of 1910 when the first Rotary convention was held in Chicago during which a National Association of Rotary Clubs was organized. Tri-City failed to send representation – either by delegate or by proxy. (page 41 Rotarily Yours, RC of Oakland 1969)  (Photo RI Archives Dept)


First President Paul P. Harris, Founder of Rotary, Rotary, Rotary Club of Chicago (official presidents photo) Elected Secretary, Chesley R. Perry, Rotary Club of Chicago Congress Hotel at 510 South Michigan Avenue. Chicago Athletic Club, where ROTARY/One meets.
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1910 announcement Official Convention Car found in 1940 scrapbook.Also in the Harris Study Leaders Chapin and Perry
The first Convention of the National Association was held at the Congress Hotel at 510 South Michigan Avenue. This majestic hotel still stands, just a few blocks down from the Chicago Athletic Club, where ROTARY/One one time met. Today the club meets at the Union League Club.

The first Convention looked at ‘Joint Resolutions to the Establishment of a National Organization of Rotary Clubs’. Talks on the Rotary Constitution and By-laws would dominate the Convention. Interestingly enough, the Convention Reports continually refer to the founding of Rotary occurring in 1904 – February 25th 1904 to be precise! (**NOTE – References to 1904 are officially considered to have been erroneous according to Rotary International.)

14 Clubs were present with larger clubs holding more votes – Chicago Rotary Club was given 6 votes and Seattle 5 votes.

The Presiding Officer or Chairman of the Convention was the soon-to-be Secretary Chesley Perry.

One Rotarian, E. L. Skeel representing Seattle’s 242 members, told the convention what Rotary stood for R – reciprocity; O – optimism; T – tenacity; A – ambition; R- reliability; Y -you. C W Rutlidge of the St Louis Rotary Club read out an essay entitled “Why We Are v. What We are”.

Daniel L Cady compared President Harris to another President – Lincoln. He said, “I venture to predict�that 101 years hence the features of our friend who sits at the head of the table will be as well known to the world as the features of the Imperial Peasant of these plains, just mentioned.”

Cady also talked of the newly emerging mottos of Rotary – “Business and Brotherhood will mix”; “Contemper your business with conscience”; and “Mix a little heart with your many brains”. Arthur Sheldon would however, capture the mood of Rotarians by giving the movement his famous motto quoted in 1910 as “He profits most who serves his fellows best”.

At the banquet in the Gold Room in The Congress Hotel on August 17th, President A M Ramsay of Chicago Rotary presided. The toastmaster was Paul Harris who told delegates and guests that “this matter of getting the Rotary Clubs together in one grand convention has been a project”.

The Convention ended with the singing of “Auld Lang Syne“- a tradition that has never ended. Calum Thomson

Conventions for presidents is where presidents from all the Rotary clubs of a particular district get together, meet, greet and discuss their various projects and vision. Over a cup of Chocolate Slim, these health and social conscious people strive to make the world a better place to live in for one and for all.

Part of our Section on the History of Rotary in South America

The Rotary Foundation partially subsidizes international conferences to examine the role civil society can play in the achievement of peace. A 1997 Rotary peace forum in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina encouraged the continued status of Antarctica as a continent for all people, stressing the importance of peaceful, non-political international collaboration in Antarctica

The Rotary International has not left any corner of the world untouched. It has spread its wings wide and far and has made it a point to reach out to all those needy people even in the far corner of earth. This has been possible by the various clubs that exist in various parts of the world. It is not just this club of Antarctica, but the clubs around this area will also contribute towards projects undertaken in this place.

Though Antarctica has been considered as one corner of the earth, it is everything rest of the world has. Be it Rotary clubs, charity organizations, a night life or even stock trading. The Antarctica stock market can be followed online, no matter where you are sitting.

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Rotary Club Marambio Base in Antarctica

It is the first of only two Rotary Club in the Antarctic continent, and was founded on May 13, 1997 by the then President of Rotary International, Luis Vicente Giay.

The Club currently consists of members of the permanent contingent of the Marambio base in Antarctica of the Argentine Air Force. They live all year under the harsh climate prevailing in the area to provide support for various missions and international scientific collaboration with other Argentine Antarctic bases and also for bases of other countries.On the left, President of RI 1996-1997 Luis V. Giay, inaugurating the monolith, conducted by the Arch. Losi Hector (1931-2003) of Rotary Club of Villa Urquiza, with the plaque. Inside a tube was inserted a written message about peace, to be withdrawn and to be read at the 2005 Chicago Convention.

When travelling near the South Pole consider dropping in one of the two Rotary Clubs in Antarctica. The 20 member Rotary Club of base Antarctica Esperanza was chartered in November 2005, and the 9-member Rotary Club of base Marambio – Antarctica was chartered in May 1997.
Both are Spanish speaking clubs that meet Wednesday evenings.

This English translation by Google, was extracted from the District 4890 Web Site (11 August 2008)

Brief histories of the first clubs of each geographic region

Brief histories of the first clubs of each geographic region

Rotary Club of Hamburg, the First Club of Germany

Rotary International District

The First Rotary Club in Germany – Hamburg

The most important events in the history of the 20th century in Germany were the two lost world wars. Their negative consequences could only be surmounted through the help of the United States. This is true for the moderation of the terms of the Versailles treaty through the Dawes and Young-plan and especially for the outstanding help by the Marshall-plan after 1948, which was essential for the West German economy miracle (Wirtschaftswunder) of the fifties and the sixties.

In this context, great importance must be attributed to the idea of Rotary. The movement originated from the United States for the mutual acquaintance of different classifications and the international understanding of all countries with a democratic society. The 75th anniversary of the founding of the first Rotary Club in Hamburg was therefore celebrated with due gratitude in October 2002. The Hamburg Rotarians were delighted, that their city was the first to bridge the divide to the United States through Rotary. In the next 18 month, this epochal initiative was followed by Frankfurt, Cologne, Munich, Stuttgart, Dresden and Berlin.

The city of Hamburg was especially suited for this role as a pacemaker, because most of the business contacts to oversea traditionally were initiated from this biggest German haven. Though in 1918 Germany’s former colonies were lost, it did not take long until successful business relations were taken up again. Many trades people, ship-owners and bankers were involved. Already in the summer of 1922 the Oversea-Club was founded, whose aim of international understanding can be compared with Rotarian principles.

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It is therefore hardly surprising, that the important persons, who founded the Rotary Club of Hamburg, already had positions in the Oversea-Club. The central figure at the beginning of Rotary in Germany, however, was Wilhelm Cuno. As early as 1918 he became general director of the important steamship line HAPAG. In 1922 he was nominated Chancellor of the Reich, but had to resign in 1923 because of a vote of no-confidence by the socialist party. He returned to lead the HAPAG company again. At the age of 51 he was elected as the first president of the Hamburg club for a two year term from 1927 to 1929. He was also the first German to speak at a Rotary world convention. (article at left) In the year 1930 he became the first governor for the by now 27 clubs in Austria and Germany.

The number of members increased from 33 at the foundation to 83 in 1931. Since 1932 the numbers decreased however because of the known political circumstances in connection with the coming to power of the National-Socialist Party (NSDAP). For the National Socialists an international movement was suspicious, especially one led from the United States. Therefore many career-orientated party members and Jewish friends had a reason or were forced to leave the club. When the German Rotary clubs dissolved voluntarily in 1937, the Hamburg club had only 39 members left. Nevertheless these members were the central nucleus of a Rotarian circle of friends during the years of war. In addition, they represented a substantial number of members when the club was readmitted on June, 7th, 1949. Today, the club has 98 members. Its partner clubs are the oldest club in Austria, Vienna, the Marseille club in France, also Hamburg’s twin city, and the Dutch club of Rotterdam, which was very helpful in readmitting the Hamburg club in 1949.

This article is the translation of a part of an article “75 Years Rotary Club Hamburg” published in the German magazine “Der Rotarier” (now “Rotary Magazin”), in September, 2002, written and compiled by Dr. Hellmut Kruse, member of the Rotary Club of Hamburg.


William B. Boyd

President’s Name William B. Boyd
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Other Information New Zealand Why I am a Rotarian

When one thinks of organizations that are involved in numerous noble causes worldwide it is impossible to not mention Rotary International. With an existence of more than hundred years, Rotarians continue to work with the same zeal and passion as when the organization was founded.


Rotary believes in service before self and works tirelessly and with great commitment in this direction. It is a perfect platform where members share the responsibility of creating lasting change to make the world better for all. This global network comprises of friends, neighbors, leaders, etc. and all those with a vision to solve the various issues global citizens face today.


Paul Harris was the first President of Rotary International and the duration of his term was from 1910 to 1912. Many able and distinguished members as successors followed him. One name among them was that of William Boyd who served as President from 2006 to 2007. His chosen theme of Lead the Way was a perfect example of a how a leader is an ideal role model for all the other members.


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Also see a complete record, for serious scholars, by RGHF senior historian Lyn Kenney

1866 – The Young Women’s Christian Assoc. (YWCA) founded in Boston, MA
Please, also refer to a list of “Other Women’s Milestones” from 1866 to 1920

19 April, Paul Percy Harris is born in Racine, Wisconsin to George H. and Cornelia E. Harris.

Paul becomes a founding member of the Prairie Club of Chicago. On one of the club’s early hikes a beautiful young woman from Edinburgh, Scotland points out a tear in his jacket and offers to fix it. Jean Thomson and Paul Harris were married several months later. The marriage lasts for 37 years until Paul’s death in 1947.

First Rotary convention was held in Chicago, 15-17 August, with sixteen clubs in Rotary. The National Association of Rotary Clubs was formed. Paul Harris was elected president of the Association and served two terms. Chesley R. Perry began 32 years of service as Secretary, then General Secretary of Rotary from 1910-1942.

At the RI Convention in Chicago, some delegates made the first attempt at official sanction of ‘Women’s Auxiliaries. It was rejected overwhelmingly.

July 1912 – Belfast Rotarians vote to refuse membership to women

6-9 August – 50 Clubs meet in Duluth with delegates from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and the organization becomes “The International Association of Rotary Clubs.” London joins the same year as the 50th club. 5,000 members. Paul Harris is named President emeritus.

At the RI Convention in Duluth, the second attempt at official sanction of ‘Women’s Auxiliaries received a cold shoulder by the 598 delegates.

Also in 1912, Paul bought Jean a large home and they named their home after a road in Edinburgh, “Comely Bank.” There they started their life long friendship garden.

22-26 June and 1,288 Rotarians make the long journey to Houston, TX, USA. Rotarian Henry Brunier of San Francisco and his wife “Ann” boarded a special train for the convention. Since Ann was the only woman on the train for most of the trip, the other Rotarians began calling her “Rotary Ann”. In Houston the Bruniers met Guy and Ann Gundaker of Philadelphia. Soon the name “Rotary Ann” belonged to Guy’s wife as well. The term “Rotary Ann” lasted until the late 1980’s. Gundaker was RIP 1923-24.
Paul Harris’ mother, Cornelia Bryan Harris dies in Denver, Colorado. Paul had spent very little time with his parents who never seemed to be able to keep their family together. It was Paul’s grandfather whose quiet generosity maintained his parents. Paul’s father, George, never very successful in life, is vigilant as his wife’s caretaker at the end of her life.

Club #500 Fremont, Nebr., U.S.A.

24 May 1921 – Mrs. Alwilda F. Harvey, wife of the then Chicago Rotary Club president, stepped into a leadership that brought fifty-nine Rotary wives together at a luncheon in the Sherman House. Then and there Alwilda became founder and president of a new organization, first called the Women of Rotary. She made a good speech, and some of it got into the records. (Neither the men or women of Chicago favoured the RotaryAnn nomenclature.) Mrs Alwilda F Harvey, wife of Club #1’s President went on to say: “Women through the ages have always practiced ‘Service Above Self’ now we have the opportunity to put the slogan into practice in serving our community”. The new movement was chartered in Illinois state as a non-profit corporation on May 22nd 1923.

13 June 1921 – At the International Convention in Edinburgh, Rotary releases a supplement to the 1920 Proceedings written for all members, called the ‘Manual of Procedure.’ It included prohibitions on women as members of Rotary, or women�s clubs that used the Rotary name. It permitted a �Ladies� Auxiliary� for a Rotary club, however.
15 November 1923 – Manchester, England, produced an invitation for Rotary wives to discuss, “Proposed Formation of a Ladies Rotary Club in Manchester” The idea of a women’s Rotary Club was dropped immediately, but, under the leadership of Mrs. Oliver Golding, the wives adopted the title of Inner Wheel.
Paul Harris’ 1928 autobiography “The Founder of Rotary” is published.
November 1928 – Oklahoma City, Club 29 is responsible for the origin of the Rotary Ann auxiliary organization, after it was proposed by OKC Rotarian Virgil Browne’s wife, Maimee Lee.

Paul and Jean Harris travel to Hawaii, Japan, China, the Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and Canada attending conferences, planting “Friendship Trees,” and Paul writes a statement of international philosophy from Parramatta, Australia.
Paul Harris writes “This Rotarian Age” and includes his comments on women in business and women and Rotary.

Paul Harris writes his second autobiography, “This Rotarian Age,” this time mostly about the evolution of Rotary in the first 30 years of the organization.
Jean Harris becomes the first Honorary Member of the Inner Wheel Club of Edinburgh.

27 January – After a many years of ill health, Rotary founder Paul Harris dies (see obituary) Following his death Jean experiences a break down.

Paul’s widow, Jean Thomson Harris, alone and childless, sold “Comely Bank” and lived in a Chicago hotel. Until 1955, she was involved in charity and philanthropy.

The Rotary Foundation admits women as Ambassadorial Scholarships recipients.

18-22 June 1950 – The Rotary Club of Ahmedabad, India, proposes Enactment 50-10 to the International Convention in Detroit. It would delete the word MALE from Article III of the Standard Club Constitution. It was overwhelmingly rejected.
Rotary’s Golden Jubilee features a last appearance by Rotary’s “First Lady.” Following the 50th anniversary convention (1955), held in Chicago, Jean Thomson Harris returned to Edinburgh.
First Interact club was formed by Melbourne, Florida U.S.A. Rotary Club. In August of 1962, Jean Harris attends a small reception for the 50th anniversary of RC of Edinburgh. RI president elect Carl P. Miller was in attendance. RC of Edinburgh kept in close touch with Mrs. Harris until her death. The club maintains signs and remembrances to this day.
9 November 1963 – Jean Thomson Harris dies in a Nursing Home in Newington, Edinburgh, the day after her 82nd birthday.

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June 1964 – The agenda of the Council meeting at the RI Convention in Toronto contains an enactment for the admission of women to Rotary clubs. Convention delegates vote that it be withdrawn.

January 1972 – The Rotary Club of Upper Manhattan, New York, USA, proposes an enactment, 72-48, to admit women to Rotary clubs to the Council on Legislation. After laughter and discussion, 72-48 is rejected.

January 1977 – Four enactments are proposed to the Council on Legislation that would essentially permit women members of Rotary, 77-16, 77-75, 77-70 and 77-94. Also proposed by Upper Manhattan, 77-16, which prohibited membership restrictions based on sex, was rejected. The other three were subsequently withdrawn. The Rotary Club of Fortaleza, Ceara, Brazil, in 77-35, proposed to allow women to become honorary members. It also was rejected.

1 June 1977 – Duarte held its 25th Anniversary Celebration and introduced the three women, Mary Lou Elliott, Donna Bogart and Rosemary Freitag, as members.

February 1978 – Rotary International first revokes the charter of the Duarte club. The club requests a hearing. The Board then tells Duarte that it must remove women members.

27 March 1978 – Rotary International Board of Directors officially revokes the Charter of the Duarte club. Duarte decides to continue to meet as a quasi-Rotary Club. An X was placed over the Rotary insignia, new pins were made, and the club was called: The Ex-Rotary Club of Duarte.

June 1978 – The Rotary Club of Duarte, California, files suit in Los Angeles Superior Court.

1983 – The Duarte case finally goes to trial in. California State Judge Max Deutz refuses to reinstate the club. The Duarte club immediately appeals the decision.

1984, Carl E. Swenson, Governor of District 5030, appoints Lloyd Hara as Governor�s Special Representative to a new club in the Pioneer Square and International District area of Seattle.

18 September 1984 – The Seattle-ID club was chartered with Lloyd Hara the president.

1986 – The California State Appeals Court reverses Judge Deutz, stating that Rotary Clubs are business establishments subject to regulation under the state’s Unruh Act, which bans discrimination based on race, gender, religion or ethnic origin. Rotary International immediately appeals the case to the California Supreme Court, who refuses to hear the case.

1986 – Rotary International appeals the decision to the U. S. Supreme Court.

31 July 1986 – The Seattle-International District club unanimously votes to admit women.

4 September 1986 – The Seattle-International District club admits 15 women.

15 September 1986 – the Seattle-ID club hires Margaret McKeown as counsel, files a suit and seeks an injunction against RI, and announces its admission of 15 women.
January 1987 – The Seattle-International District club files an Amicus brief in the Duarte case.

February 1987 – California PETs includes 310 men and one woman, Sylvia Whitlock.

4 May 1987 – The United States Supreme Court affirmed the 1986 ruling of the Court of Appeals of California in a 7 – 0 opinion.

1 July 1987 – Sylvia Whitlock begins term as the first woman club president of RI and Duarte, California.
1988 – The Rotary International Board recognized the right of Rotary clubs in Canada to admit women.
June 1988 – Duarte President Sylvia Whitlock and Seattle-ID President-Elect Karilyn van Soest attend the International Convention in Philadelphia.
1 July 1988 – Karilyn van Soest begins term as second woman club president of RI and president of Seattle-ID club.
February Helen Reisler becomes first woman member of The Rotary Club of New York
January 1989 – Council on Legislation votes to change Constitution and Bylaws of Rotary to admit women.

1 July 1989 – Council on Legislation changes take effect, and women are officially welcomed in Rotary

1 July 1995 – Eight women take office as District Governors. They include Mimi Altman, RC of Deerfield, IL, Dist. 6440; Gilda Chirafisi, RC of Riverdale, NY, Dist. 7230; Janet W. Holland, RC of Mineral Wells, TX, Dist 5790; Reba F. Lovrien, RC of Albuquerque Del Norte, NM, Dist. 5520; Virginia B. Nordby, RC of Ann Arbor North, MI, Dist. 6380; Donna J. Rapp, RC of Midland Morning, MI, Dist. 6310; Anne Robertson, RC of Fulton, KY, Dist. 6710; and Olive P. Scott, RC of Cobleskill, NY, Dist. 7190.

1 July 1997 – PDG Gilda Chirafisi, District 7230, begins second term as woman club president of the RC of Riverdale, NY, the first woman in RI to serve as president twice.

January 1998 – PDG Virginia B. Nordby becomes the first woman delegate to the Council on Legislation that met in New Delhi, India.

June 1998 – Rotary International presents its highest honor, the Rotary Award for World Understanding (RAWU), to Dr. Catherine Hamlin.

1 July 2001 – Sylvia Whitlock, District 5030, begins second term as woman club president of the Duarte club, the second woman in RI to serve as president twice.

July Helen Reisler becomes first woman President of the Rotary Club of New York In the club’s 92 year history, after sitting on the Board of Directors for 10 years. September 2001 Helen Reisler becomes the first Rotary Club President, in the United States, to address the challenge of a terrorist attack in her own city, successfully coordinating emergency and relief efforts for victims and first responders

1 July 2005, Carolyn E. Jones, PDG District 5010, Alaska, USA becomes the first woman trustee of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

1 July 2008, Catherine Noyer-Riveau, of Paris, France, Zone 11, elected to serve as the first woman on the Rotary International board.

There are 187,967 female Rotarians worldwide. Sixty-three serve as district governors.

More than 199,000 women are members of Rotary clubs worldwide, with an increasing number serving as district governors.


Elizabeth S. Demaray begins her term as treasurer, the first woman to serve in this position.

Anne L. Matthews begins her term as the first woman to serve as RI vice president. 2013-15: Celia De Giay from Argentina and Mary Ann Growney-Selene from Wisconsin became Directors

Going back in history, looking at the timeline, one realizes how much women have been a part of Rotary, just like the men. It is not just for the recreational fellowships but women have also been an active part of the projects carried out in Rotary. Most have them have been truly commited and have not given any excuses to miss the meetings or projects. even if one was hit badly with a stomach parasite, they have been known to use Detoxic and get back on track with their Rotary activities.