Rotary Singles Fellowship International (RSFI)

Rotary Singles Fellowship International (RSFI)
The Rotarian Singles Fellowship International is a fairly Rotary Fellowship. It began in Oakland California (District 5170) in 2007; RSF California was the first founding Chapter and is quickly growing, with many countries eager to participate.

If you are a Rotary Club member and are single, the RSF is just for you. It is an amazing organization that promotes socialization with fellow Rotarians. Here anyone and everyone can come forward with a hobby of their choice that could include any sport like chess, cricket, or board games etc, and meet fellow members to pursue it. There are also some RSF groups that meet exclusively for socialization as well.

The Rotary Singles Fellowship knows that when you are single, there are many things that you do not take care of, especially with regards to health. There have been numerous instances of especially single people whose body is greatly troubled by parasites. The main reason for parasites is when you make your body toxic by consumption of harmful things as well as excessive consumption of things that must be had in moderation.

In such conditions, singles usually feel the need to detoxify themselves. When we talk about detoxifying it does not necessarily mean having to do that only after a hangover. Meals with excessive sugar and mono sodium glutamate also may be appetizing in taste but have harmful effects. The body tends to become toxic by certain products that are consumed on a daily basis but are still harmful and promote the growth of parasites.

Such foods include excessive consumption of meat and tendons in your meal, products that are prepared in bakeries, or even beverages that may be alcohol free but are harmful at the same time. Apart from that eating excessive processed foods and consumption of alcohol are also agents that lead to the entry of parasites in the body. These parasites grow and proliferate in the body and give rise to various troubles that include, weakness, excessive fatigue, bags under the eyes, lacrimation, skin eruptions and much more.

To all these problems there is a simple and easy solution and that is Detoxic. It not like any other detoxifying agent that will make you feel sick but instead has a pleasant and enjoyable taste. It can help cleanse your body from within and help eliminate all kinds of toxins and harmful parasites from the body.

The main benefits of using Detoxic are as follows:

It gives a supple shiny skin: When parasites enter the body, the result is a lower immunity. And a low immunity invariably causes allergies in the body. Detoxic helps to eliminate these parasites that give a healthy looking skin that shines with good health.

Improved digestive system: When the body gets toxic all organs including the liver, stomach intestine etc. become toxic and need to be detoxified. Detoxic fights the parasites that tend to make these organs toxic that results in an improved digestive function.

When your body becomes toxic with the entry of toxins, you now do not need to visit a doctor or a pharmacy or even undergo expensive treatments that may or may not affect. Detoxic is a perfect solution that is suitable to the pocket.

It is also made of powerful ingredients that are all naturally occurring. Each of the ingredients help in making the body healthy and happy.

Ordering Detoxic is also very easy. All you have to do is place an order online and also take advantage of attractive offers.

Further history is contained in this 2008 Video

RGHF’s list of Missing Fellowship Histories


See also Caravanning Fellowship of Rotarians

Many Rotarians know about our respective club but not about the fellowships of Rotary. The Rotarian magazine has featured some fellowships but the following are excerpts from a story written by the Past President of the Rotary RV Fellowship (RVF), Jim Smith, who has written under the name of J. Oliver, for Family Motor Coach Magazine (FMCA).
The main purpose of this article was to encourage FMCA members in other organizations, such as the RV Fellowship, to talk up the FMCA at their respective rallies.
We hope Rotarians in your (this) district will be interested in the RVF.

The international Rotary organization is a service club of business leaders who meet for lunch to exchange ideas. The club originated in Chicago in 1903. Today Rotary has 1.2 million members in 31,560 clubs in 166 countries. In addition to nation wide and international service activities Rotary has over 70 fellowships that cover both vocational and recreational association. Some of these groups are made up of lawyers, some of physicians, some of computer experts and even those who have had heart surgery. The fellowship that may interest FMCA members, are Rotarians in the RV Fellowship.

Owning and driving these RVs can be a lot of fun and many take pride in it. It is to bring these people together that this fellowship was formed. These people, love driving these vehicles so much that even if they are suffering from chronic varicose veins pain, they will use Varikosette and continue driving as they get a good relief from the pain.

A bit of international RV nomenclature where this Rotary Fellowship is active may be in order. In Europe if you travel in a motorized home or trail a livable trailer you are a caravaner and the trailer is a caravan. The place you stop for the evening, days or week is referred to as a caravan or camping park. In Australia and New Zeeland the caravaner designation is also the term used for motor home and trailer travelers.

The Rotary RV Fellowship in Europe refers to their group as the International Caravanning Fellowship of Rotarians (ICFR).
The same activity on the North American continent we know makes you an RVer (meaning a driver of a recreational vehicle). The place you stop is referred to as a RV Campground. The Rotary Fellowship in North America is named the Rotary RV Fellowship and interestingly, because of the European influence, the quarterly publication of the North American RV Fellowship (RVF) is the Caravanner.

Wherever the caravaner or recreational vehicle driver is, there is always some similarity present in RV�rs. This similarity is the demographics, or the psychographics, of the RV families. The RV participants are gregarious, honest, accommodating, adventurous people. With this description it�s not difficult to liken these homogeneous travelers in movable homes as having many attributes of Rotarians and members of FMCA.
Since 1905, when Paul Harris, one of the Chicago’s businessmen, initiated the first Rotary luncheon the members have reflected these same characteristics. And, Rotarians like the members of the FMCA enjoy being together. These elements of like personalities and the same mode of travel reflect the founding elements for the Rotary Recreational Vehicle Fellowship (RVF) in North American and the International Caravanning Fellowship of Rotarians (ICFR) in Europe.

The ICFR has officers in England, Netherlands and France, in Australia, New Zeeland and South Africa. Tobert Sutcellf founded the fellowship in the UK in 1967. The ICFR has over 2000 members. The group usually tries to organize a caravan to rally at the Rotary International Convention when it is held in Europe. The International group has a newsletter titled �Over The Horizon�. The North American group�s communication vehicle mentioned above is the �Caravanner�. Both have web sites.

The North American RVF was an idea by some Rotarians in Islamorada, Florida in 1971. Rotary International recognized them as a chartered fellowship in 1972. Today there are about 500 members (as in FMCA this usually represents families) organized into 4 zones, Pacific, Mountain, Central and Eastern. The group holds their National Conventions in conjunction with Rotary International Conventions when they are held in North America. The next scheduled International North American Convention will be the organizations 100thanniversary in 2005 and will be in Chicago. The RVF will also hold their annual National Rally in Chicago that year.

The RVing Rotarians hold rallies where they socialize at dinners, breakfast and social hours. As good Rotarians they have not allowed the strictly social aspects of the fellowship to detract for their belief of �service above self�. If there are any excess funds garnered from the registration at rallies they are contributed to local highway safety programs. These range from Emergency Medical Technicians, Hospital Emergency Wards to local Fire Departments. In a conscious effort to augment these funds, the Eastern zone added a raffle. The raffles are for items contributed by fellowship members. The items are many times of questionable value and the winning items may well be up for the raffle at the next rally but the money raised is not. The annual contribution for highway safety has risen from several hundred dollars to several thousand. And the raffle has become an additional fun event and has extended to other zones.

The catalyst for the rallies in Rotary is the �Wagon Master�.
The Wagon master has specific functions and responsibilities. With 30 to 40 recreational vehicles possible at the rallies these defined duties, which include pricing the stay at an RV Resort, meals, tours, recreation, social times and schedule a visit to a local Rotary Club can provide a challenge.
The North American RV Fellowship has many regional rallies scheduled in each of their four designated areas each year. At these events the rallying Rotarians collect around a campfire to exchange tales. And they also gather for an attitude adjustment early evening social hour to discuss the past days events and hear from the Wagon Master about the next days schedule or where the next rally will be held.

Arch’s wife

Arch’s wife at the 1924 Toronto convention

A history buff bonus: How Arch Klumph was involved with Abraham Lincoln, his assassin John Wilkes Booth and British PM Tony Blair: Details

A November, 1976 article in The Rotarian, courtesy of the Rotary International archives  Page two
Courtesy of the Rotary International Archives Department.
 Photos from the article April 2002, A Room at RI headquarters is dedicated to Arch Klumph

Arch C. Klumph,
1916-17 president of Rotary
International and founder of
The Rotary Foundation

Died 3 June

In 1917, Arch C. Klumph, Rotary’s sixth president, proposed to the Rotary International Convention in Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the creation of an “endowment fund for Rotary . . . for the purpose of doing good in the world in charitable, educational, and other avenues of community service.” A few months later, the endowment received its first contribution of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri, USA.

Charity work was never big in those days and the value for money was more. What a kid gets as a pocket money in recent times could feed a few families in those years. People never spent much on anything. Be it charity, food, medicines, education, anything. Today when you have parasites in your stomach, you depend on Detoxic to help you out. Whereas, in those days, hokme remedies were followed because going to a doctor was expensive.

In 1928, when the endowment fund had grown to more than US$5,000, the fund was renamed The Rotary Foundation, and it became a distinct entity within Rotary International. Five Trustees, including Klumph, were appointed to “hold, invest, manage, and administer all of its property. . . as a single trust, for the furtherance of the purposes of RI.”

Two years later, the Foundation made its first grant of US$500 to the International Society for Crippled Children. The ISCC � created by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen � later grew into the Easter Seals organization.

The Great Depression and World War II both impeded significant growth for the Foundation, but the need for promoting a lasting world peace generated great post-war interest in developing the Foundation. After Rotary founder Paul P. Harris died in 1947, contributions began pouring into Rotary International, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created for the purpose of building the Foundation.

That same year, the first Foundation program was established � Fellowships for Advanced Study, which was the forerunner of the Rotary Ambassadorial Scholarships program. Then in 1965-66, three new programs were launched � Group Study Exchange, Awards for Technical Training, and Grants for Activities in Keeping with the Objective of The Rotary Foundation, which was later called Matching Grants.

The Health, Hunger and Humanity (3-H) program was launched in 1978, with the Rotary Volunteers program being created as a part of 3-H in 1980. The PolioPlus program was announced in 1984-85, and the following year saw the introduction of Rotary Grants for University Teachers. The first Peace Forums were held in 1987-88, leading to the establishment of Rotary Peace Programs. Then in 1989, 1963-64 RI President Carl P. Miller and his wife, Ruth, donated US$1 million to establish the Discovery Grants program.

Throughout this time, support of the Foundation grew tremendously. Since that first $26.50 donation in 1917, the Foundation has received contributions totaling more than US$1 billion. More than US$68 million was donated in 1998-99 alone. To date, some 726,000 individuals have been recognized as Paul Harris Fellows � that is, someone who has contributed US$1000 or has had that amount contributed in his or her name.

Such strong support and involvement of Rotarians worldwide ensures a secure future for The Rotary

Rotarians’ Wine Appreciation Fellowship

Rotarians’ Wine Appreciation Fellowship

Promotes the making, tasting, consumption, collecting and production of wine

In terms of reach, there might not be many organizations globally that could compete with Rotary International. It has been in existence for more than a hundred years and continues to work towards its goal of a better world for all. Its reach only seems to be growing and proof of this fact is its millions of worldwide members.


Its initiatives such as providing clean water and fighting disease are touching the lives of people in the remotest corners of the world. Some of the other causes associated with Rotary are education and better health for mothers and children.


Rotary aims to handle these issues with the help of its human capital that comes from diverse background and cultures. As an organization, Rotary is a great symbol of the power that healthy interactions and strong friendships all over the world can hold.


No matter which culture one belongs to, an important factor that is common to cultures all over the world is food. Food is the best way to get acquainted with a country, culture and its traditions. Whether it is street food or fine dining, every culture has something to offer for every occasion and palate.


The image of fine dining would be incomplete without the presence of wine. The right pairing of food and wine could bring out the best flavors of both. Getting the right pairing of food and wine is an art. If the pairing and balance are right, it can enhance the distinct characteristics of both the food and wine. On the other hand, a mismatch could lead to a disastrous dining experience.


Rotary International even has a fellowship for wine appreciation. This fellowship has been created to share knowledge about wine, its food pairings and other information related to wine. The members consist of experts and enthusiasts from around the world who share their knowledge and experiences with each other.


Though wine is an alcoholic beverage, which can have some intoxicating effects, consumption in a limited quantity can be beneficial for health. This is true of almost all types of food. Consuming an excessive amount of any food harms the body. Eating well and eating right is the basis of a healthy life.


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Antique, Classic & Historic Auto World Fellowship

Antique, Classic & Historic Auto World Fellowship
The Fellowship was founded about 17 years (1988) ago by Brian Henry of the Rotary Club of Wagga Wagga in Australia under the name of “Rotary Retro Automobile Fellowship” (RRAF).

After successfully prospecting for members throughout the world and getting good response in New Zealand and the United States, Brian Henry met Roger Guinet of the Rotary Club of Cap d’Agde, France at the International Rotary Convention a few years later.

Roger was instrumental in gaining footing for the fellowship in Europe. About 10 years ago he set up the RRAF in Europe as the local coordinating body of the international fellowship.

The RRAF Europe was active for nearly a decade in France, the UK, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Belgium and Germany.

Outside of Europe membership was to be found in Australia, USA and New Zealand.

Because of health problems of the two initial leaders (Henry and Guinet) and the rising popularity and number of classic car clubs outside of the Rotary sphere of influence, the original enthusiasm for the RRAF gradually diminished in a number of countries.

By the year 2000 many of local RRAF organizations had ceased most of their activities except in the UK, Ireland, Switzerland and the Netherlands

In 2001 Brian Henry, notwithstanding his health handicap, started an initiative for revival of the fellowship.

At that point in time the name of the fellowship was changed, in consultation with Rotary International, in order to reflect its area of interest in a better way.

The name became: Antique, Classic & Historic Automobile Fellowship of Rotarians.

Unfortunately, in 2003, Brian’s health problems reappeared.

In order to continue his task of reviving the fellowship he asked Maurice Elzas, chairman of RRAF Netherlands, to take over the international chairmanship after consulting with Rotary International.

The new chairman and his team embarked in this venture with great enthusiasm and got rewarded by serious expression of interest from almost everywhere on the globe.

To celebrate this revival and commemorate the first rally ever held (in 1894) an appropriate event was organized In France in 2004 in which 25 teams of 4 countries participated. (See: Past Events on this website)

A General Assembly was held at this occasion (See minutes on the Organization page) and the structure and name changed into the present one: Antique, Classic & Historic Automobile world Fellowship of Rotarians.




Chair: PDG Harold Friend (Boca Raton/6930),

Vice Chair: Toshi Ihara (Hiroshima West/2710)

Newsletter Editor: Kevin McAuliffe (Tokyo Hiroo/2750 )

Letter from the Editor — In this issue of the IFRFR newsletter Rotarian Jan Robinson writes about a fund raiser in St . Thomas that combines the Fellowship�s goals of running and fitness along with a service above self theme.       In addition there is the summary of a Stanford University study on the benefits of running for the middle aged and beyond and an analysis from Harvard Health on the merits of BMI and other ways to measure whether we are overweight and the risks attached.

For those attending the RI convention in Birmingham in June, please stop by the IFRFR booth and if you have time volunteer to staff it for a short time.     Vice Chair Toshi Ihara will be at the booth some of the time but we could use additional help.     No experience necessary and it is an excellent way to meet other like-minded Rotarians.     Please contact either Harold Friend or Toshi Ihara at the e-mail addresses above if you can help at the convention.

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On March 8, 2009, six Rotarians –     Marston Winkles, Roger White, Jan Robinson, Jane Wherren, Wein Demitros, and Sam     Felder, participated and completed the sponsored walk across the island of St. John, a distance of thirteen miles from Hanson Bay to Cruz Bay. This requires starting at sea level, walking up to an elevation of 1,000 feet and then back down to sea level, several times; hills, hills, and more hills. Personal best times were broken and more than $13,000 was raised.

Fitness goals vary from person to person but everyone must have a goal. Staying fit is important and when people accomplish such feat, people not only come to watch but get inspired too. Walking so much can result in smelly feet, but that should not deter you from your goals. A can of Fresh Fingers can save the day and enable you to climb more hills without a worry.

Marston Winkles started this fundraiser with two other Rotarians, four years ago. The Rotary Club of St. Thomas is continuing its support for Rotary�s efforts to assist with land mine issues, which, on some level, affects people in over 60 countries around the world. We were able to leverage the funds raised from the 2006 sponsored walk to obtain further grant money from other areas of Rotary International for a total of $24,600. This has assisted 155 land mine victims of the twenty-year civil conflict in Northern Uganda with lower body prosthetic limbs and provided them with agricultural tools to assist them to be productive members of their society. In round terms this means that for every sponsorship dollar that was given, it enabled us to generate $4 of assistance.

The 2007 funds have been used to contribute to a cooperative effort involving the Rotary Cub of St. Thomas and two Rotary clubs in Denmark as well as our Rotary colleagues in Uganda. The clubs have supplied resettlement assistance to 400 families, representing over 2,000 people, to enable them to move from the displacement camps and reestablish themselves back in their villages. We also continued to provide education assistance to a further 10 former child soldiers to enable them to restart their interrupted education. This continues the theme of our assistance in the past and is what has been chosen by the Rotarians in Uganda who identify the need and then carry out the project on the ground.

From the 2008 fundraiser, we are again working with our Rotary colleagues in Denmark and Uganda on a further project involving resettlement.

The leverage we have been able to achieve in order to obtain equipment for the automotive repair section of the Vocational Education Department of Charlotte Amalie High School has been even better. We are working on another project with our adopted school to continue to provide relevant work related skills to non-college-bound students, again thanks to the support we receive.

The three projects we are supporting this year are:

  1. To provide further supplies to the Vocational Education department of the Charlotte Amalie High School.
  2. To support Rotary�s efforts in land mine eradication and victim support in Uganda.
  3. To provide assistance to the Savan Boys Club in St. Thomas (an after school program for at-risk youth)

P.S. from Sam (Sylvia) Felder

�When I decided to participate in the St. Johnathon, I had no idea what I had actually signed up for.  My very first preview was the previous Monday while I was showing my friends from Oregon the island of St. John. What had I done?  The walk looked absolutely IMPOSSIBLE!

My whole inspiration was Jan Robinson, my dear friend and Rotarian who was now sporting two new hips.  My thought was if she could do it; so could I. Well, I finished as the last turtle across the line after 13 steep, tough hills all the way to Cruz Bay.  My friend, Toni Lacer joined me after the first five miles in Coral Bay and helped me make it through.  I amazed myself and definitely felt entitled to a few bragging rights to my friends and family.  �WHEW! What a walk….�

Group at 5.45 a.m. in Cruz Bay



Start of walk/run Hanson Bay, St. John

Roger White up the hill

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Decades-Long Analysis Finds Older Runners Reap Survival Benefits

From: Arch Internal Med, 2008, Vol. 168, No. 15, pp. 1638-1646

A 21-year study has found that running regularly in middle age and beyond is an effective means of staving off disabilities later, and may increase lifespan. The study comes from the Division of Immunology and Rheumatology in the Department of Medicine at Stanford University in California. It was conducted over two decades on northern California residents aged 50 and over.

The analysis started in 1984, and looked at 538 members of a national masters (50+) running club. The control group was made up of 423 healthy nonmembers of similar age. Annual questionnaires were given, asking both groups to report running and exercise frequency, BMI, and disability as assessed by the Health Assessment Questionnaire Disability Index, which scores from zero (no difficulty) to three (unable to perform). Various techniques compared groups on disability and mortality.

At the start, the runners were leaner and less likely to smoke than the controls. They were also younger. Nevertheless, after adjusting for these factors, runners lived longer and healthier. The mean disability factor was higher for the control group at every time period measured though it increased with age in both groups, but to a lesser degree in runners. After 19 years, 15% of runners had died, compared to 34% of controls. After 21 years, 284 runners and 156 controls remained. In addition to lower disability scores reported among the running group, it took much longer for runners to reach various levels of disability.

The study recommends moderate to vigorous exercise at middle age (and older) for improved health and general wellbeing.

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A Simpler Approach to Fat Measure
From: Harvard Health Publications, Harvard Health Letter, Jan. 09

Most of us have our private ways of assessing how fat we are. We feel our pants getting snug, notice certain lumps and curves during the morning shower, perhaps feel the breathless pinch of the growing midsection as we back out the car or tie our shoes. But there are more objective ways to answer the question�even if they borrow from these time-tested �techniques.� One thing is certain, the simpler the better. Still, body fat measurement benefits from a triangular approach.

Body mass index, or BMI, is computed by taking your weight in kilograms and dividing it by the square of your height in meters. BMI is easy to calculate, and in most people, it correlates reasonably well with overall body fat. It�s also a good measure of health risk: as a rule, when BMIs go up, so do deaths, particularly from cardiovascular disease. But BMI doesn�t distinguish whether the pounds are from fat or from fat-free tissue like muscle and bone. This can be an issue with runners and other athletes, but it also affects those on the opposite end of the continuum. Certain people with BMIs in the normal range are at risk because, while their body weight is not necessarily excessive for their height, more of their weight is simply made up of fat. BMI also doesn�t tell us about the type of fat we�re carrying�a significant shortcoming, as the type of fat that builds up in the abdomen is believed to be particularly unhealthful.

Waist measurement puts a different spin on obesity: it�s no longer about weight or total body fat, but about the metabolically active fat that collects around the organs in our abdomens. In fact, there�s mounting evidence that waist circumference makes a better predictor of diabetes than BMI, and a rather good indicator of heart disease risk. Measuring waist circumference identifies the sizable group of people who pass muster when it comes to BMI but whose large waists put them at higher risk. Still, waist measurement hasn�t become part of routine medical practice for several reasons.

For one thing, there�s some uncertainty about exactly where the waist should be measured, although navel-level is widely accepted. And given all the other information that�s collected on patients�blood pressure, cholesterol levels, BMI�it�s not certain that adding a waist measurement to the mix would affect treatment decisions. The real benefit of this measurement comes from its simplicity and therefore its ability to be self-administered.

To measure your waist circumference, locate the upper hip bone and place a measuring tape around the abdomen (ensuring that the tape measure is horizontal). The tape measure should be snug but should not cause compressions on the skin. Then use the following guidelines:

  1. Regardless of waist circumference, a BMI of under 25 is considered normal weight. The healthy cut-off for waist circumference in a man is 40 inches and for a woman 35 inches, but no data exists on whether there are health issues related to greater waist sizes than this with a BMI in the normal range.
  2. At a BMI of 25 to 29.9 with a waist circumference of up to 40 inches for men, risk of BMI-related disease is �increased�. For women, this remains the same as for men but with a waist circumference cut-off at 35 inches. And at this BMI, a waist circumference of over 40 in men (and over 35 in women) puts the risk at �high�.
  3. At a BMI of 30 and higher with a waist circumference for men of up to 40 inches (35 in women), these risks change from �high� to �very high�. If you are under 40 inches (35 in women), then these risks are categorized as merely �high�.

As the above information illustrates, the problem with relying on waist circumference is that, as an absolute value with a kind of warning-system mentality, it is not that useful for modestly out-of-shape people looking to trim up and then assess what a good waist size may be. Moreover, the definition of �too large a waist� may need revision: some studies show that health risks start well before the current cut-offs.

Waist circumference�s predecessor, waist-to-hip ratio (WHR), works like BMI, on a proportional scale, but with the added value of scrutinizing midsection fat.

The WHR is a simple calculation: waist circumference divided by hip circumference. A small waist combined with big hips yields a smaller number than a big waist with small hips�and smaller is better when it comes to WHR. For women, the risk for heart disease, stroke, and other health problems starts to climb at a ratio of about 0.85, so that is often set as the cut-off for a �good� ratio. For men, the cut-off is at about 0.90. (.89 translates to a 32-inch waist with 36-inch hips.) Waist circumference has eclipsed WHR, but the WHR may be ready for a comeback. Research shows that WHR is more strongly associated with heart disease than waist circumference alone. By taking hip circumference into account, the ratio is more sensitive to the difference between dangerous abdominal fat and the less harmful layer of fat we carry under the skin throughout the body.

Your waist-to-hip ratio is an important tool that helps you determine your overall health risk. People with more weight around their waist are at greater risk of lifestyle related diseases such as heart disease and diabetes than those with weight around their hips. It is a simple and useful measure of fat distribution.

Use a measuring tape to check the waist and hip measurements.

  1. Measure your hip circumference at its widest part.
    2. Measure your waist circumference at the belly button or just above it.
    3. Divide 2. by 1.

And so it seems you really need all of these tools together. Each fat measuring tool tells you one thing in relation to the others, and by triangulating the data a picture emerges of your overall health, fitness level, and risk of overweight or obesity-related disease.

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International Fellowship of Running and Fitness Rotarians


Would you be interested in serving?     IFRFR, as all Rotary activities, needs volunteers to serve as officers and to support specific activities. Indicate your interest:










_____New ($25) for 2 years (includes IFRFR pin)   ______Renewal ($20) for 2 years


_____Rotary Life ($100) (includes pin)

Mail payments (Send check made out to Rotary (US bank, traveler�s check or cash)

or send credit card information (charge will appear as Boca Neurology):

PDG Harold Friend, MD     1500 NW 10th Ave. # 105     Boca Raton, FL 33486, USA

The International Fellowship of Running and Fitness Rotarians is a group of Rotarians dedicated to promoting running, fitness and health as an opportunity for fellowship and service. This fellowship operates in accordance with Rotary International policy, but is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International.


RGHF Member and RI 2007/08 President Wilf Wilkinson

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 Wilf is an RGHF Member)

Membership is only $30.00 USD per Rotary year or $120 USD for five years. Membership is open to Active and Senior Active Rotarians, Spouses, and Rotaractors worldwide. Contributions of $100 USD or more will be acknowledged on our website.

We are grateful to those forward thinking friends who see the value of preserving our history and who are assisting us with their skills and financial contributions. Dues and other contributions from members are used to pay internet, convention, expansion, and other membership related costs.

It requires such forward thinking people to make a difference to the world. One can go on with life as it is and not make even the smallest change. He may think of himself to be content, but where is the improvement? What has he changed for being here? There are a few people who think why not and make the changes. It is because of such thinking that we have something new and inspiring, every now and then.

This organization has given all its members and the other a chance to serve other humans – a chance to think beyond oneself. Though this was started in a small way, there are more people who are warming up to this concept and are using this opportunity to help those who need it the most.

How many of us have really given much thought to those who are in need and don’t have even the basic necessities, while we enjoy luxuries? It takes a visionary and his relentless hard work to come up with something like this where everyone is given a platform to help the needy. Only when every part of your country is developed will you have a wholly developed country. what is the point in one part of the city having state of the art lifestyle while the other part is still backwards and does not have even the basic amenities?

In order to improve this situation funds are needed and no matter how big a person thinks, he will not be ready to step forward and do all this by himself. When it is a group of likeminded people, they not only pool in the money but will also go about the development and changing process meticulously, in an organized manner.

In order to be a part of this group and to contribute this way, one has to have a little surplus income in addition to knowing when he has funds to spare. When you have enough income, rather than letting it sit around invest it where it will get you good returns. One can invest in a number of venues and stocks is something people are increasingly going for today.

But do you know anything about the stock market and how it functions? Yes, you can always learn, but do you have the time and knowledge base to grasp everything that is happening currently? Will you be able to take investment decisions on your own? These are some of the questions that stop many from entering this market.

While one can always go in for a trader or a trading company, it will require you to interact with other humans. You will have to get an appointment, your trader should be reachable, must be available when something major happens in the market, etc. when you start using a fully automated software like Fintech Limited for your investments, it removes the himan interaction completely as the machine does everything for you.

RGHF receives no financial support from Rotary International, we are supported by RGHF members and friends.

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                         [The program to eradicate polio, called Polio Plus, has been Rotary International’s primary effort for over 20 years.     This speech was given to several Rotary clubs who asked if I would relate how Rotary International actually became involved in such a worldwide humanitarian effort.] 

Rotary’s Polio Plus program has been described as the finest humanitarian project by a non-governmental organization the world has ever known.   Rotary has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for our efforts.     It is Rotary’s project of the highest interest for over 20 years.  

Many Rotarians have no idea of how Rotary ever became involved in eradicating polio in the world.     So, let me recall the story. 

In the 1950s, 60s, and 70s, virtually every person knew someone in their family or circle of friends who had polio.     In the early 1950s, there were annually over 55,000 cases of polio in the United States.     Worldwide there were perhaps 500,000 cases of polio.     Of that number 50,000 children a year would die from polio and thousands more would be crippled, paralyzed or suffer lifelong disabilities. 

Polio is a disease that has ruined a number of lives. Many people have been affected by this disease without even know much about it. Though one cannot predict the occurrence of this disease, it can be prevented with medication and this medication was not available for all. When a person is affected with polio, no matter how many Belas Dicas is given to them, their confidence is hit and they are not treated equally by others.

Rotary decided to ensure it was available for all for free, so as to eradicate Polio for good.

So that was the backdrop of our story.     In 1978, Rotary had a committee, appointed by R.I. President Clem Renouf, to design a new direction for Rotary. It was called the Health, Hunger and Humanity Committee. This was a small committee to design a program for Rotary International to undertake projects far greater than any club or district could do. Rotary had never undertaken a corporate or worldwide project – just club programs. I happened to be co-chairman of that 3-H Committee. We knew that if we didn’t have an immediate success, the Rotary world would probably scrap the program the next year.     So we looked for an “immediate success” project.     We had about 16 projects proposed from around the world.     One proposal was from the Philippines.     Dr. Benny Santos wrote that if Rotary could provide the vaccine, they would mobilize all the Rotarians in the entire Philippines and immunize all the children.     So, that was it.     We approved the project; and if I recall correctly, some 6 million children were immunized against polio.     It was a huge success.     Pharmaceutical companies had other types of vaccine – for measles, tetanus, chicken pox and other vaccines which were donated for Rotarians to distribute in several areas of the world. Rotary proved that immunization was the kind of project Rotary volunteers could handle. 

A couple years passed, and another Rotary committee was created in 1982 by R.I. President Stan McCaffrey called the New Horizons Committee.     This group had the job of “looking into the future of Rotary to see what tasks or new directions Rotary could take on the future.” I happened to be chairman of this committee.     We considered hundreds of ideas – some big ones and some rather frivolous. Finally, I suggested that we ought to be thinking 20 or 30 years into the future. Why not do something big for Rotary’s 100th anniversary coming up in 2005? A letter from Rotarian John Sever suggested that we might provide polio vaccine for all the children in the world.     The committee thought that was a good idea, so it was one of the 35 suggestions to the R.I. Board of Directors.     So, in l982 the Board of Rotary International approved the idea of giving polio vaccine to all the children in the world. The project was called “Polio 2005.” 

Two or three years went by, and finally in 1985, Dr. Carlos Canseco, RI Pres. from Monterrey, Mexico said that if we were going to get the task done by 2005, we should get started.     So, he called Dr. Albert Sabin to Evanston and we had a meeting of some of the world’s most distinguished medical and public health leaders.       Dr. Sabin said it would cost at least $100 million dollars and we would have to immunize 500 million children.     Wow what a job! 

So, Rotary set a goal of $ 120,000 to raise the funds, and the name of the project was changed to “Polio Plus.”     It was the first major fund raising campaign by Rotarians of the world for a single project.     However, by 1987 we had surpassed the goal and actually raised $240 million.       So, Rotary leaders went to the World Health Organization and said we want to eradicate polio.     It was not well accepted by all the WHO leaders who represented some of the most knowledgeable health authorities in the world. Rotary was “just a service club.”     Finally, when Rotary told them that we had over a million volunteers and $247 million in our pocket, they said, “Come on in.” So we became full partners of the World Health Organization, UNICEF, and the US Centers for Disease Control. 

At that time, in 1988, you could find polio in 125 nations of the world and it was estimated that there were 350,000 cases of polio in the world every year.       But we took on the project – one country at a time.     Our first big immunization day was in Mexico, where we immunized 13 million children. Then we went to Central America and South America. One nation after another became “polio free.” 

Rotary Clubs became “Polio Plus Partners” to raise funds for National Immunization Days.     The Partners purchased ice boxes, colorful vests, caps, leaflets, street banners and many other items needed to mobilize whole nations to immunize their children.      

Mary Elena and I were in India to participate in the national day of immunization.     There were banners on the streets, parades, notices, distribution of thousands of radio and television announcements, plus hand bills and leaflets.     In that one day over 125 million children received the two drops of polio vaccine.     We have gone to some of the most poverty stricken areas of the Philippines, Ethiopia, Turkey and other nations to assist in National Immunization Days.        

The project is an amazing and complicated one. Rotarians and health workers have to go to the most remote areas of the world by canoe, camels, elephants, horseback, motorbikes, and every other conceivable vehicle to reach all the world’s children.      

I remember sitting on a rock on the side of a dusty road in Argentina giving vaccine to children in a remote area.     Dozens of volunteer Rotarians, youth exchange students, health workers, youth organizations and other would go door to door urging parents to bring their children to get the vaccine. 

Even in China, Laos, Vietnam, Cuba, Myanmar and other areas where there is no Rotary, we worked freely to distribute the vaccine.     An interesting experience occurred in China.     There was reluctance by China officials to accept vaccine from the Western Nations.     We said, use Chinese made vaccine.     But there was no polio vaccine made in China.     So, Rotary said, “We will build a pharmaceutical plant in China, and made a grant of $18 million dollars to construct a factory in China.       As soon as the project was under way, China said now we will take the vaccine from the West.     Immediately, China said all the children of China will be immunized, and the first two days, 100 million Chinese youngsters received the polio vaccine. 

The amazing thing is that the pharmaceutical plant has never produced one dose of polio vaccine, and the Chinese officials went ahead and immunized their children when they saw that Rotary International was serious about this mission. 

We were not able to meet the target of a polio-free world by 2005, but we are close.     Over 99% of the children of the world have received polio vaccine. You can find polio only in 4 nations, not the 125 countries when we started. We hope that we can soon stop the incidents in Nigeria, India, Pakistan and Afghanistan.     Last year there were only about a thousand cases in the world – compared to the 350,000 cases a year when Rotary undertook this humanitarian mission. 

There are so many aspects to the polio story.     I recall one day, when I was Chairman of The Rotary Foundation. We had a call from the World Health Organization, saying that they had arranged for a four day cease fire in the civil war in the Sudan so we could go in and immunize their children.     But the WHO did not have any money to purchase the vaccine. I said, “How much does it take?” It was going to cost $400,000.     I said, “You can have it immediately from The Rotary Foundation.” The Chairman can make a grant up to $500,000 for an emergency humanitarian effort. The war stopped, health workers went in and immunized 3 or 4 million children – then the war started again.     The World Health Organization said, “Of all the places in the world, there was no place we could turn – except Rotary, to make that project happen.”     Clearly, without the efforts of Rotary the achievements to eradicate polio would never have happened. 

Perhaps some of you have participated in a National Immunization Day. It is an amazing experience.     I remember when Mary Elena and I sloshed through the mud streets of a poverty stricken village in Ethiopia – one of the poorest nations of the world.     The homes were nothing but shacks, dirt floors, which turned into mud with the occasional showers.     Families cooked on wood fires outside their huts.     This was the first polio immunization in this poor nation. In those few days, nearly 10 million children were given the drops of polio vaccine.  

But of all the experiences of that day, I recall the ceremony to start the immunization.     The President of Ethiopia was on hand. There were about a hundred little children lined up to receive the vaccine from their national president.       And just at that time, on the other side of the room were about 35 small children, perhaps 5 to 10 years of age, all in wheelchairs, or leg braces, or crutches — they were all polio victims with bent backs and withered arms and twisted legs.     They stood up the best they could and sang a song to the President. The song said: “It’s too late for us – but don’t let other children get polio. Do what you can to Kick Polio Out of Africa.”      

If you had been there to hear that song, “It’s too late for us, but don’t let other children get polio,” you would know why Rotary has taken on this monumental task.        

If we had only had the vaccine 2, 5, 10 years before in Ethiopia these children would be walking, running and playing as children want to do.       There are over 2 billion children who have received Rotary’s polio vaccine – and they are now living a life without the fear of paralysis and death from polio. 

We are on the verge of eradicating this dreaded disease.     Perhaps next year, or the year after.       And the amazing thing is it has been made possible because Rotary Clubs, like yours, took a huge step some 20 years ago.   Even today, funding is necessary.     You may have heard that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has contributed $350 million dollars to our efforts in recent months because they believe that Rotary will achieve this dream. 

That’s the story of Rotary’s involvement in our greatest humanitarian program – Polio Plus.     And I thank every one of you who have been a part of this program for so many years.

The leaders of the world have clearly expressed that without Rotary International, this monumental achievement would never be accomplished. We will eradicate polio in the world – and it will happen only because Rotary made a commitment some 25 years ago.     And the world has learned that Rotarians keep their promises. 

Rotarian Action Group For Peace

Rotarian Action Group For Peace
The Rotarian Action Group For Peace is an action-driven group of Rotarians, Rotarians� family members and Rotaractors working together for the purpose of advancing world peace and preventing wars through the education and activities of war prevention, peace building, peacekeeping and peacemaking.The action group strategy is to form a results-focused network that provides action group members with powerful ideas, in-depth knowledge and direct means for action that align with the Rotary Mission and Strategic Plan.As a resource to Rotary clubs and districts, the Rotarian Action Group For Peace will engage in projects by supporting the peace work of the more than 34,000 clubs worldwide and bringing action group members together to be a major factor wherever policies affecting peace are being discussed and made.

If you want to accumulate a largish sum of money in a fairly short period of time then you have very few legit options. Most people will tell you that you should invest in the stock market because besides gambling that’s the next option that’s legitimate.

But investing in the stock market for someone who has no idea about its workings is as good as gambling. You don’t know who the top performers are, you don’t understand the trend, you have no information on what factors motivate/influence the share prices. It’s like betting on a derby with a blindfold, you might as well close your eyes and pick a share. If it does well, yay! If not, better luck next time.

Next safer option is to find a broker who will trade on your behalf. But wait, there’s a catch, these services are really expensive and unless you get a major windfall, each time you have to fork up 30 to 40 percent of your share earnings to your broker you will wince at the money you are losing.

The long process is studying, understanding and comprehending the market so that you can pick your own investments. Or fork up the fees and go with a broker or a hedge fund manager. With large corporations doing this, the annual retainer might even be manageable.

But there is another option for the solo investor, and that is hedge fund apps like the Fincrowd Apps.

Here you can pick the brains of actual hedge fund investors, make smart hedge fund investments without parting with half your profits. It’s a win-win.

So many of us land up in situations where medically or circumstantially, we need to increase our income to ensure that all the bills are paid or debts are repaid. In such scenarios, borrowing money only increases the financial load and the math eventually gets too complicated and tiresome to compute.

Investing your income in the right places at the right time to make the most profit is a great way to stretch your purse strings. And with apps nowadays you don’t have to devote too much time this process either, once you have set up your account and made your deposit, someone at the backend does all the work for you, so all you have to do is log in and keep track of how much your initial deposit is worth now.

It’s a great idea for someone who cannot wrap their heads around financial investments. You don’t need to be an expert or keep track of what’s happening in the finance world. You deposit money, set your profit expectations and let someone else figure out where to put and how much to put to ensure you get the best returns.

The rotary clubs and other such organisations also look in on these products. While the bulk of their funding is voluntary and sponsored, several of their members use such techniques to maximise returns which they can then divert to these organisations for a good cause.

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This action group supports Rotary Club and Rotary District peace projects and education about conflict resolution and peace. The action group is in startup mode and will launch a website in early 2013:

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

(There is a complete, illustrated history timeline on Paul Harris, his family, Rotary and his career at )

29 June 1870

Paul’s client, friend, and founding member Silvester Schiele is born. “Silvester Schiele, my most intimate Chicago friend, and one of the three who first met with me, was made our first president, and has been a constant member.” Paul Harris, from “My Road to Rotary”


 Paul and his older brother Cecil are brought to live with his grand-parents, Howard and Pamela Rustin Harris in Wallingford, Vermont


The advancement of international understanding, goodwill and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional persons united in the ideal of service.�  -The Fourth Object of Rotary initially composed by Donald MacRae, born 13 June 1872 and died in 1957.

Just one day later, James Wheeler Davidson, was born  14 June 1872

An American Born, Calgary Rotarian who carried Rotary “Around the World”


 "I think I inherited something of grandfather's broad spirit of tolerance. Grandfather was an ambassador of good-will in the eyes of the youngster who sat at his table during his impressionable years; he never spoke evil of any man nor of any man's religion or politics."  (My Road to Rotary, by Paul Harris, page 208, copyright Rotary International)

History is something we keep visiting from time to time. History of your city, your organization, etc, is always used in reference to enhance the impact or to make people understand better. When one joins Rotary International, there is a lot of history to cover and to know about. Similarly when an investor enters into binary options, the introduction of automated trading software like The Brit Method will go down in history as one that changed the face of trading.

(There is a complete, illustrated history timeline on Paul Harris, his family, Rotary and his career at 



 Paul gains his law degree and upon hearing a former law student tell his class, “Go to a small town and make a fool of yourself for five years, then go to the big city.” Instead Paul gave himself five years to see the world.

(There is a complete, illustrated history timeline on Paul Harris, his family, Rotary and his career at 


1900  Invited to dinner by a fellow attorney, Paul Harris is inspired to start an organization where men of different professions could gather in fellowship. He spends some five years considering this possibility.

1905 1 Club

 First gathering, on Thursday evening,  23 February 1905 in Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. by attorney Paul P. HarrisYoung Harris, fresh from a wild five years as a reporter, actor, cowboy, seaman, granite salesman, fruit picker and hotel clerk, five years building a successful law practice, then had an idea. It was regarding observations of success and respect which could come from organizing professional acquaintances. More years past. He had given this much thought by the time he and Silvester Schiele walked over to Gus Loehr’s office, in Room 711 that cold winter night in 1905, almost 9 years from his arrival in Chicago.  Several weeks later, Schiele was elected the first president of Rotary when the meeting was held in his office. Harris <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#000000″> suggested several names, one of them being “Rotary.”Who were “Members 2-5?”  From Paul Harris’ second book, “This Rotarian Age” 1935, you can now know the truth and very interesting <atarget=”_top” href=””> stories of those first men. It also stands as the best textbook on Rotary.</atarget=”_top”>

For a timeline of the first 100 clubs and other early clubs, visit this page


1906 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#000080″>

Members agree to be on “first name” basis. Singing introduced by <atarget=”_top” href=””> Harry L. Ruggles.<style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#0000FF”> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#000000″>Rotary “Wagon Wheel” emblem adopted, the first of many varieties of <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#000080″ href=””> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#000000″ href=””>“wheel emblems” to be used by different clubs, until 1912, when a geared wheel was adopted, this to be follow by authorization of an official emblem (1924), a wheel of six spokes, twenty-four cogs, and a “keyway.” </style=”font-size:></style=”font-size:></style=”font-size:></style=”font-size:></atarget=”_top”>




First community service project: a “public comfort station” in Chicago near City Hall for men and women.  Harris writes that he was pressured by both the saloon keepers and lady’s garment stores not to install such a convenience.


2 Clubs

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>Second club formed in San Francisco California, U.S.A. by businessman Homer Wood. Paul Harris had asked Chicago Rotarian, Manuel Munoz, who was being sent to San Francisco by his employer, to “spread the word” about Rotary. The timing was perfect. San Francisco businessmen needed a boost. It has been just two years since the devastating earthquake of 1906 which nearly destroyed the city. </style=”font-size:>
19097 Clubs <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> <a “target=”_top” href=””> Homer Wood then organized Oakland, California, USA #3, Seattle, Washington, USA #4 and Los Angeles, California, USA #5 by the end of 1909. Two days after Christmas, Seattle #4 organized <a “target=”_top” href=””> Tacoma, Washington, USA #8. It was an answer to Paul Harris’ prayers. Rotary was an idea that could be taken to many cities. </style=”font-size:>


Now read the order in which Rotary Founder Paul Harris<atarget=”_top” href=””> inadvertently counted the first five clubs.</atarget=”_top”>

1910 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” href=””> San Francisco Rotarian <atarget=”_top” href=””> William Stuart Morrow becomes an unlikely figure in Rotary Global History. His San Francisco business dissolves and he returns home to Dublin, Ireland and brings Rotary with him. He organizes several clubs in Ireland and the UK He has the full the endorsement of Paul Harris and Ches Perry, until he runs afoul of London Rotarians.</atarget=”_top”></style=”font-size:>

16 Clubs

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> <a “target=”_top” href=”″>First Rotary convention <a “target=”_top” href=”″ name=”16clubs1910″>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. <atarget=”_top” href=””> Chesley R. Perry began 32 years of service as Secretary, then General Secretary of Rotary from 1910-1942.</atarget=”_top”></style=”font-size:>
1910 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Rotary “principles” adopted in form of five objectives</style=”font-size:>
1910 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Rotary becomes “international” on 3 November 1910 with the “organization” of Rotary Club of Winnipeg, Canada. Winnipeg then was chartered as Club #35 on 13 April 1912 prior to the Duluth, Minnesota USA convention when Rotary become the International Association of  Rotary Clubs.</style=”font-size:>
1910 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> 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. <a “target=”_top” href=””>Jean Thomson and Paul Harris were married several months later. In two years he bought her a large home and they named their home after a road in Edinburgh, <a “target=”_top” href=””> Comely Bank.” There they started their life long friendship garden.</style=”font-size:>

31 Clubs

Convention in <a “target=”_top” href=”″> <style=”text-decoration: none”=””>Portland</style=”text-decoration:>. 15 new clubs had joined the ranks of NARC. Many others were organized and “doing” business as those in the <a “target=”_top” href=””>United Kingdom were. <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>The following is from Rotary International. <a “target=”_top” href=””> “Rotary spread like wildfire across the Atlantic to Ireland, Great Britain, continental Europe, and the Middle East. Six years after Chicago lawyer Paul Harris formed the first Rotary club in 1905, Rotary admitted the Rotary Club of <a “target=”_top” href=””>Dublin, Ireland, followed in 1912 by clubs in <a “target=”_top” href=””>Belfast and <a “target=”_top” href=””>London and <a “target=”_top” href=””>Manchester, England.  Harry Lauder was one among many Europeans who embraced Rotary in those early days. As one of the world’s most popular entertainers through the first half of the century, Lauder joined the Rotary Club of <a “target=”_top” href=””>Glasgow in 1914. A year later he wrote, ‘Rotary is going to be the greatest and grandest cooperative institution ever founded.'”  </style=”font-size:>
1911 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#000000″>The <a “target=”_top” href=””>National Rotarian magazine was born with General Secretary Ches Perry as the editor. Also see editorial.

22 August 1911, Rotarian Frank Collins, introduced what was to become “Service above Self” to Rotary.

At the same convention, “He Profits Most Who Serves Best” was introduced to the convention. This was the work of <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#0000FF”> Arthur “Fred” Sheldon, teacher of business, creator of Rotary’s “classification system,” author of one of our mottos. One of Rotary’s most forward “Early Leaders.”</style=”font-size:>


1911 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#000080″>

At the 1911 convention in Portland, the Rotary Club of Seattle proposes a platform that becomes the Rotary platform  —  <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#000080″ href=””> Today’s platform is much the same.</style=”font-size:>

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#0000FF” href=””> “He Profits Most Who Serves Best” is also part of that platform</style=”font-size:>




50 Clubs meet in <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#0000FF”> <a “target=”_top” href=”″> Duluth with delegates from <a “target=”_top” href=””> Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and the organization becomes “The International Association of Rotary Clubs.” <a “target=”_top” href=””> London joins the same year as the 50th club. 5,000 members. Paul Harris is named President emeritus.</style=”font-size:>

1912 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#000000″>First districts (then called divisions) are established, 8 in U.S.A., 2 in Canada, one in Britain and Ireland.</style=”font-size:>

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#000080″>by year’s end there were 54 Clubs </style=”font-size:>


89 Clubs 

During 18-21 August of 1913, 930 Rotarians gathered in <a “target=”_top” href=”″> Buffalo, NY, USA for the fourth convention. The charter process catches up with six UK clubs. See <a “target=”_top” href=””> Ireland-UK & <a “target=”_top” href=””>Archives

Rotary contributes $25,000 active relief funds to help flood victims in Ohio/Indiana

30 October 1913, the first meeting of British Clubs which would become RIBI (Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland)

The First Crisis


100th Club

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The 100th club of the International Association of Rotary Clubs is formed on 1 March in <a “target=”_top” href=””>Phoenix, AZ, USA.  However, on that particular Sunday, and only that one day in March, there was not one qualified application but six. There is no record of how #100, of the six (#100 – 105) was determined from that selection. And, so this website, with the “Four Way Test” as a guide, has created <a “target=”_top” href=””>/clubs/100+ to recognize the “other five” clubs of that day.


1914 Convention

123 Clubs 

15,000 Rotarians

22-26 June and 1,288 Rotarians make the long journey to <a “target=”_top” href=”″>Houston, <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#000000″>TX, USA.  Rotarian Henry Brunier (RIP 1952)  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 <a “target=”_top” href=””> Philadelphia. Soon the name “Rotary Ann”  belonged to Guy’s wife as well. The term <a “target=”_top” href=””>Rotary Ann lasted until the late 1980’s. Gundaker was RIP 1923-24.</style=”font-size:>

1914 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#000000″> War – British Clubs involved in relief work e.g., housing Belgian refugees</style=”font-size:>
1915 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> The term “Governor” is established for districts. <a “target=”_top” href=””>Columbus, GA., U.S.A. is Charter #200</style=”font-size:>
1916 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> <a “target=”_top” href=””> El Club Rotario de la Habana, capital of Cuba. First club in a non-English speaking country. 1 June 1916</style=”font-size:>

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> In 1917, Arch C. Klumph, Rotary’s sixth president, proposed to the Rotary International Convention in <a “target=”_top” href=””>Atlanta, Georgia, USA, the creation of an “endowment fund for Rotary . . . for the purpose of doing good in the world in charitable, educational, and other avenues of community service.” A few months later, the endowment received its first contribution of $26.50 from the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri, USA.</style=”font-size:>

Also at the 1917 convention: Klumph insisted that the District Governors know the International Constitution and be acquainted with Rotary Global History.

1917 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Club #300 <a “target=”_top” href=””>Huntington, Ind., U.S.A.</style=”font-size:>
1918 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Club #400 <a “target=”_top” href=””>Fort Scott, Kans., U.S.A. 40,000 members world-wide.</style=”font-size:>

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>One of the less well known Rotary Clubs and, indeed, one that was never chartered was the <a “target=”_top” href=””> ALLIED ROTARY CLUB OF FRANCE. Before he left the United States for Europe in the later days of world war one, <a “target=”_top” href=””>Ancil Brown, the secretary of the Indianapolis RC and auditor for the YMCA, was authorized by the Board of the IARC to arrange regular meetings for Rotarians stationed in Paris or its vicinity.</style=”font-size:>

1919 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> First Rotary Club in Asia is chartered in Manila. 1 June 1919Club #500 <a “target=”_top” href=””>Fremont, Nebr., U.S.A.


1921 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>

Club #1000 <a “target=” _top” href=””>York, England. Rotarians <atarget=”_top” href=””> James W. Davidson, of Calgary, and J. Layton Ralston of Halifax, appointed as commissioners to organize clubs in Australia and New Zealand.</atarget=”_top”>

First Club of Europe (except Ireland and Great Britain) 1 January 1921 RC of Madrid

First Rotary Club of Australia 21 April 1921 RC of Melbourne

First Rotary Club of Africa 1 July 1921, RC of Johannesburg



<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>The International Association of Rotary Clubs is shortened to <a “target=”_top” href=”″>Rotary International<a “target=”_top” href=”″>. Also see the comment by the King of England.</style=”font-size:>

1923: Another Crisis Met.

1925 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Club #2000 <a “target=”_top” href=””>Ketchikan, Alaska D5010

The Aims and Objects Plan was adopted by Rotary International at the Ostend, Belgium, Convention in 1927. See editorial


1928 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>

<a “target=”_top” href=””> Paul Harris’ signature is all that is seen on the cover of his 1928 autobiography <a “target=”_top” href=””>”The Founder of Rotary,” with a forward by RI General Secretary Chesley R. Perry. Portions of this rare book are displayed here for Rotarians to read.

<a “target=”_top” href=””>The entire book is also online to be read or printed


1928 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> <a “target=”_top” href=””> Harris’ tour of Europe is described in his <a “target=”_top” href=””> personal journal</style=”font-size:>

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” href=””>4-Way Test was formulated by Chicago Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor who, in the summer of 1932 had a serious business problem.  How he solved it is a legend of Rotary.  In 1968 Taylor wrote: “I leaned over my desk, rested my head in my hands, and prayed. After a few moments, I looked up and reached for a white paper card. Then I wrote down the twenty-four words that had come to me: “Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” href=””> and better friendships? Will if be beneficial to all concerned?”  <a “target=”_top” href=””> The “Four Way Test” was adopted by Rotary International in January of 1943</style=”font-size:></style=”font-size:></style=”font-size:>

(On the right a 1959 <a “target=”_top” href=””>Oakland Club 3 billboard-click to enlarge both images)

1932 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>

Paul Harris’ <a “target=” href=” http:=”””” library=”” europe1932=”” index.htm”=””>unpublished diary of his journey to Europe in 1932, during which time he planted “<a “target=”_top” href=””>Friendship Trees” in many European cities. The first tree, planted by Harris, on foreign soil was in Berlin.



<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>Hear Paul Here!  In 1933, Rotary International held its 24th convention inPaul Harris "on the air" speaks to non-Rotarians, who he says may be "Rotarians in their hearts." <a “target=”_top” href=”″>Boston, MA, USA, from 26-30 June with 8,430 in attendance. Rotary’s president was from Albuquerque, NM. General Secretary was Chesley Perry. Paul Harris remained active as president emeritus. During the convention, a radio broadcast was arranged heard “around the world” and addressed to “non-Rotarians.” Perry introduced Harris who told his audience “of the air” that if they have “Love of ‘men’ in their heart,” then they are potential Rotarians! Now you can listen to a recording of this famous broadcast.</style=”font-size:>

The first of what may be several non‑English editions of THE ROTARIAN, very appropriately named REVISTA ROTARIA, was published in Spanish


James Wheeler Davidson   June 14, 1872 – July 18, 1933

An American Born, Calgary Rotarian who carried Rotary “Around the World”

1935 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> 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. </style=”font-size:>
1935 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> <a “target=”_top” href=””> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” face=”Arial”> Paul and Jean travel, on behalf of Rotary, to Hawaii, Japan, China, The Philippines, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. He records their travels, meetings and his philosophy in Peregrinations II. Paul writes a statement of international philosophy from Parramatta, Australia. Along the way they plant many of the Friendship Trees, now on display as part of our project.</style=”font-size:>


1936 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Club #4,000 <a “target=”_top” href=””>Hanover, PA., U.S.A.</style=”font-size:>
1936 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>

<a “target=”_top” href=””> Paul and Jean travel, again, at the invitation of the board of directors, to Colombia, Panama, Ecuador, Peru Argentina, Uruguay and Brazil. Harris writes about the travels, but continues to record his philosophy of Rotary’s power for peace.  They also plant many more <a “target=”_top” href=””>Friendship Trees. 

The travels are published as <a “target=”_top” href=””>Peregrinations III and copyright is by Jean Harris


1939 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Club #5,000 <a “target=”_top” href=””>Rockmart, GA, U.S.A.</style=”font-size:>

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” href=””> “Ches” Perry retires as the first secretary of the National Association of Rotary and then Rotary International after serving over three decades.  See tribute in <atarget=”_top” href=””> The Rotarian</atarget=”_top”></style=”font-size:>

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>Seven Rotarians conferred honorary membership on General Douglas Macarthur, in a dark tunnel amongst wounded soldiers, prior to the fall of Corregidor.</style=”font-size:>

1943 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>

January, 1943 Adoption of the Four Way Test, written by Chicago Rotarian Herb Taylor: “Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build good will  and better friendships? Will if be beneficial to all concerned?”



Rotary and the UNROTARY AND THE UNITED NATIONS:<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””></style=”font-size:> Forty-nine Rotarians help draft the United Nations Charter in San Francisco. Many of the delegates from around the world were also members of Rotary clubs. Question? How did it come to pass that the U.S. government called upon Rotary to become involved in this peace movement in 1945?

17 December 1945 Silvester Schiele dies

1946 <a “target=”_top” href=””> Adventures in Service <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>was first published in the last year of Paul Harris’ life, 1946. It continued to be updated and printed for many years.  For Rotary Global History it constitutes a summary of our project in that it reflects the history and Rotary orientation of the “Paul Harris” years.</style=”font-size:>
January 27 1947 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> After a many years of ill health, Rotary founder Paul Harris dies (see obituary)  Paul Harris was prominent in other civic and professional work. </style=”font-size:>
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Paul’s widow, Jean Thomson Harris, suffers a nervous breakdown. Then, alone and childless, sold “Comely Bank” and lived in a Chicago hotel. Until 1955, she was involved in <a “target=”_top” href=””>charity and philanthropy.


Also, in 1947 the first 18 Rotary Foundation scholarships were granted.


Both Paul’s and Silvester Schiele’s graves have become a memorial


<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> <a “target=”_top” href=””> “My Road to Rotary,” the third book and second autobiography, written by Paul P. Harris is published. The first edition included 14 pages of highlights from 1905 – 1948. These were written for the publisher A. Kroch and Son, by Rotary International under the direction of Rotary’s second General Secretary, Philip Lovejoy.</style=”font-size:>

    In this book you’ll hear Paul tell how Rotary came to be. How he became the person who had the vision to create this great movement. It is the only way to understand the values of Rotary from the man who taught them.  For his words, sent to you each week by email:

1955 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Rotary’s Golden Jubilee is celebrated on 23 February with much fanfare in Chicago. Then on May 29 through June 2, <a “target=”_top” href=””>the 46th Convention again celebrates the 50th year of Rotary and features a last appearance by Rotary’s “First Lady.” Following the 50th anniversary convention (1955), held in Chicago, <a “target=”_top” href=””>Jean Thomson Harris returned to Edinburgh.</style=”font-size:>
1957 Donald MacRae, died in 1957
23 April 1959 Harry Ruggles, the “Fifth Rotarian” dies
1960 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” href=””> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>Chesley Reynolds Perry, secretary of Rotary 1910-1942 dies 21 February 1960. Called the “Builder of Rotary” by founder Paul Harris.

Article from the April issue of The Rotarian



<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>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.</style=”font-size:>

1963 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Jean Harris, dies in Edinburgh, Scotland </style=”font-size:>
1965 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Rotary Foundation launches Matching Grants and Group Study Exchange programs</style=”font-size:>
1976 Homer Wood, founder of RC of San Francisco, and instrumental in the formation of Oakland, Seattle, and Los Angeles, dies in June.
1978 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Tokyo convention, R.I.’s largest ever � 39,834 registrants</style=”font-size:>
1985 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Rotary announces PolioPlus program to immunize all the children of the world against polio</style=”font-size:>
1987 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#0000FF”> US Supreme Court rules women can join be members of Rotary</style=”font-size:>
1989 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Council on Legislation changes the constitution and MOP to include women</style=”font-size:>
1990 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Rotary Club of Moscow charted first ever club in then Soviet Union</style=”font-size:>

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Preserve Planet Earth program inspires some 2,000 Rotary-sponsored environmental projects. A re-birth of Paul and Jean Harris’ “Friendship Trees” good-will trips of the 30’s and forty’s results in the planting of hundreds of thousands of trees under the leadership of another “Paul” PRIP Paulo Costa, 1990-1991 Brazil (d2000)</style=”font-size:>

1994 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>Western Hemisphere declared polio-free</style=”font-size:>
1997 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Rotary returns to China, in Hong Kong</style=”font-size:>
1999 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Rotary Centers for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution established</style=”font-size:>
2000 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>(Rotary Global History) is organized 11 October 2000 by club #43 in Pueblo, Colorado USA The first Rotary Global History Day</style=”font-size:>

<a “target=”_top” href=”” 9pt”=””><a “target=”_top” href=”” 9pt”=””>First provisional Rotary Club in Mainland China since WWII in Shanghai.


<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> <a “target=”_top” href=””>30,000th Rotary club chartered Rotary Global History establishes Rotary returns to mainland China in <a “target=”_top” href=””>Shanghai and Beijing</style=”font-size:>


<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>Rotary Global History adds the “First Club” of each Rotary country to the project.  Following the convention in Brisbane, the Centennial Bell begins its journey to all of the “First 100 Clubs” of Rotary to conclude that tour at Chicago for the convention in 2005.  Rotary Global History combines 12 websites into 1 and surrenders 59 domain names to Rotary International in compliance with newly written domain policy. RI’s board officially congratulates the ambitious project.</style=”font-size:>

3 October 2003, the Board of Directors of Rotary International officially recognizes Rotary Global History as the newest fellowship of Rotary, under the name “Rotary Global History

2005 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> 23 February 2005: The <a “target=”_top” href=””>Rotary Club of Chicago and Rotary International celebrated the centennial of the first meeting of four men whose gathering became a world wide movement.</style=”font-size:>


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Centennial of the “Room 711” meeting — It’s23 February 2005!


<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>Rotary International convened the Centennial Convention 19-22 June 2005 in <a “target=”_top” href=””>Chicago, Illinois, the birthplace of Rotary</style=”font-size:>

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#FFFF00″>Now that you’ve followed the history, why not take theRotary Global History “quiz?</style=”font-size:>


Rotary opens extension to China and Cuba (source Rotary International)