INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF RUNNING AND FITNESS ROTARIANS

INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIP OF RUNNING AND FITNESS 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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ROTARY CLUB OF ST. THOMAS, U.S. VIRGIN ISLANDS � FUND RAISER �THE ST. JOHNATHON – 13 MILE WALK/RUN� By Jan Robinson

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

MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION

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:

 

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_____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.

Those who receive our features by email are not necessarily members of RGHF.

ROTARY’S INVOLVEMENT IN POLIO ERADICATION

ROTARY’S INVOLVEMENT IN POLIO ERADICATION
                         [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
Mission
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: www.RotarianActionGroupForPeace.org

If you are a Rotarian or Rotaractor interested in learning more about the Rotarian Action Group For Peace, please join the following Facebook group to participate in discussion the future direction of this exciting new action group:
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www.historytour.org

1868

 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 http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/presidents/1910harris/paulharris )

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”

1871

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

1872

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”

1888

 "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 

 

1891

 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 

1896

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=”http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/711/story.htm#This%20Rotarian%20Age”> 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

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

Members agree to be on “first name” basis. Singing introduced by <atarget=”_top” href=”http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/leaders/ruggles”> 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=”http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/images/wheel4history.jpg”> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#000000″ href=”http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/leaders/ruggles”>“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”>

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1907 

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.

1908

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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/leaders/index.htm”> 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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/cities/clubs/08tacoma.htm”> 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=”http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/711/story.htm#This”> inadvertently counted the first five clubs.</atarget=”_top”>

1910 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” href=”http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/leaders/morrow”> San Francisco Rotarian <atarget=”_top” href=”http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/leaders/morrow”> 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:>
1910

16 Clubs

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/presidents/conventions/1910″>First Rotary convention <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/presidents/conventions/1910″ 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=”http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/secretariat/perry”> 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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/women/jeanharris”>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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/”> Comely Bank.” There they started their life long friendship garden.</style=”font-size:>
1911

31 Clubs

Convention in <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/presidents/conventions/1911″> <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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/ireland-uk/1911.htm”>United Kingdom were. <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>The following is from Rotary International. <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/”> “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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/cities/clubs/65dublin.htm”>Dublin, Ireland, followed in 1912 by clubs in <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/cities/clubs/67belfast.htm”>Belfast and <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/cities/clubs/50london.htm”>London and <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/cities/clubs/66manchester.htm”>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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/cities/clubs/60glasgow.htm”>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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/library/rotarian/index.htm”>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:>

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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=”http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/leaders/sheldon/platform-today.htm”> Today’s platform is much the same.</style=”font-size:>

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1912

 

50 Clubs meet in <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” color=”#0000FF”> <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/presidents/conventions/1912″> Duluth with delegates from <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/cities/clubs/35winnipeg.htm”> Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and the organization becomes “The International Association of Rotary Clubs.” <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/cities/clubs/50london.htm”> 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:>

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1913

89 Clubs 

During 18-21 August of 1913, 930 Rotarians gathered in <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/presidents/conventions/1913″> Buffalo, NY, USA for the fourth convention. The charter process catches up with six UK clubs. See <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/ireland-uk/”> Ireland-UK & <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/library/archives”>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

1914:

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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/cities/clubs/100phoenix.htm”>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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/100+”>/clubs/100+ to recognize the “other five” clubs of that day.

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1914 Convention

123 Clubs 

15,000 Rotarians

22-26 June and 1,288 Rotarians make the long journey to <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/presidents/conventions/1914″>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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/cities/clubs/19philadelphia.htm”> Philadelphia. Soon the name “Rotary Ann”  belonged to Guy’s wife as well. The term <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/women/issues-early/rotaryanns”>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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/200+/”>Columbus, GA., U.S.A. is Charter #200</style=”font-size:>
1916 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/global/southamerica/havana”> El Club Rotario de la Habana, capital of Cuba. First club in a non-English speaking country. 1 June 1916</style=”font-size:>
1917

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> In 1917, Arch C. Klumph, Rotary’s sixth president, proposed to the Rotary International Convention in <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/presidents/conventions/1917/index.htm”>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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/200+/”>Huntington, Ind., U.S.A.</style=”font-size:>
1918 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Club #400 <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/200+/”>Fort Scott, Kans., U.S.A. 40,000 members world-wide.</style=”font-size:>
1918

<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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/global/europe/clubs/allied.htm”> 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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/cities/clubs/58indianapolis.htm”>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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/200+/”>Fremont, Nebr., U.S.A.

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1921 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>

Club #1000 <a “target=” _top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/200+/1000york/index.htm”>York, England. Rotarians <atarget=”_top” href=”http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/leaders/davidson”> 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

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1922

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>The International Association of Rotary Clubs is shortened to <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/presidents/conventions/1922″>Rotary International<a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/presidents/conventions/1922″>. 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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/200+/”>Ketchikan, Alaska D5010

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

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1928 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>

<a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.whatpaulharriswrote.org/library/founder/index.htm”> Paul Harris’ signature is all that is seen on the cover of his 1928 autobiography <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.whatpaulharriswrote.org/library/founder/book”>”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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.whatpaulharriswrote.org/library/founder/book/”>The entire book is also online to be read or printed

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1928 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.whatpaulharriswrote.org/library/europe1928/index.htm”> Harris’ tour of Europe is described in his <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.whatpaulharriswrote.org/library/europe1928/index.htm”> personal journal</style=”font-size:>
1932

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> <style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/www.rotaryfirst100.org/history/history/timeline/images/fourwaygraphic.jpg”>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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/www.rotaryfirst100.org/history/history/timeline/images/4way-billboardlarge.jpg”> and better friendships? Will if be beneficial to all concerned?”  <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/presidents/1954taylor/taylor/index.htm”> 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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/cities/clubs/03oakland.htm”>Oakland Club 3 billboard-click to enlarge both images)

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Paul Harris’ <a “target=” href=” http:=”” www.whatpaulharriswrote.org=”” library=”” europe1932=”” index.htm”=””>unpublished diary of his journey to Europe in 1932, during which time he planted “<a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/library/trees”>Friendship Trees” in many European cities. The first tree, planted by Harris, on foreign soil was in Berlin.

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1933

<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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/presidents/conventions/1933″>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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.whatpaulharriswrote.org/library/peregrinations/two.htm”> <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:>

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1936 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Club #4,000 <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/200+/”>Hanover, PA., U.S.A.</style=”font-size:>
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<a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.whatpaulharriswrote.org/library/peregrinations/three.htm”> 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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/library/trees”>Friendship Trees. 

The travels are published as <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.whatpaulharriswrote.org/library/peregrinations/three.htm”>Peregrinations III and copyright is by Jean Harris

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1939 <style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> Club #5,000 <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/200+/”>Rockmart, GA, U.S.A.</style=”font-size:>
1942

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=”” href=”http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/secretariat/perry”> “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=”http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/secretariat/perry/retire.htm”> 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?”

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1945

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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/library/adventures/index.htm”> 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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/library/walsh/after-paul/index.htm”>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 www.paulharrismemorial.org

1948

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.whatpaulharriswrote.org/library/myroad/index.htm”> “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: www.whatpaulharrissaid.org

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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/presidents/conventions/1955/index.htm”>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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/women/jeanharris/index.htm”>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=”http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/secretariat/perry/images/memoriam-ches.jpg”> <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

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1962

<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:>
1990-1991

<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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/cities/clubs/43pueblo.htm” 9pt”=””><a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/cities/clubs/43pueblo.htm” 9pt”=””>First provisional Rotary Club in Mainland China since WWII in Shanghai.

2001

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””> <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/www.rotaryfirst100.org/history/history/”>30,000th Rotary club chartered Rotary Global History establishes www.30000partners.org Rotary returns to mainland China in <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/global/asia/clubs/02shanghai.htm”>Shanghai and Beijing</style=”font-size:>

2003

<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=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/rotaryone”>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:>

2005

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

2005

<style=”font-size: 9pt”=””>Rotary International convened the Centennial Convention 19-22 June 2005 in <a “target=”_top” href=”https://web.archive.org/web/20091125185233/http://www.rotaryfirst100.org/clubs/rotaryone”>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:>

2006

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

International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians

International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians
In the early 1990’s, several Rotarians who were also scouters met and discussed how to provide an outlet for both interests through a recreational fellowship within Rotary International.  It was felt that because of these dual interests, there should be many opportunities for PAST and PRESENT Scouters to further Scouting/Rotarian ideals and relationships at local, national, and international levels, depending on the interests of the individual.  A group of British Rotarians interested in Scouting formed the basis for this original impetus.   Among those original members were Sammy Samuels, the late Norman Cooper, Edward Robinson, John Kenny and David Judge. The necessary requirements of RI for formation of a new Rotary Fellowship were met and at the RI Convention in Mexico in 1991 the International Fellowship of Scouting Rotarians (IFSR) was approved and IFSR took its place among the 70 plus interest groups in RI.The first group was formed within RIBI (Rotary International in Britain & Ireland) although IFSR quickly spread throughout the Rotary World, particularly North America.  Sammy Samuels of London, England was selected as the first World Chairman.

During his term, coordinators for the USA and other countries were selected and the membership began to grow.  To this day, the two largest groups are in the UK and the Interamerican region (US, Canada, Mexico, and Caribbean Central and South America). 

Past RIBI President, RI Director & current RI Trustee John Kenny from Scotland became the second World Chairman in 1996.  Under John’s leadership IFSR doubled its membership and expanded to 18 countries.  Groups formed in Australia, New Zealand, Africa, South America, the Philippines, Thailand, Japan and the Mediterranean areas.  Special IFSR membership fees were adopted.  (The Fellowship does not receive monetary support from Rotary International.)  The present membership fee covers a quarterly newsletter, various mailings, phone calls, purchase of membership recognition items and other miscellaneous costs related to operation of the Fellowship.

PDG Harold Friend from Boca Raton Florida became World Chairman 1999 having previously held the position of IFSR Secretary for several years. Harold did much to formulate IFSR procedures, expand membership into 31 countries and was responsible for drafting the current IFSR Constitution.

On lst of July 2002 PDG David A. Judge of Colchester England became World Chairman and almost immediately launched a number of initiatives to increase the support of Scouting by Rotarians throughout the world. David encouraged RIBI members as well as others to support the restoration and redevelopment of Brown Sea Island in time for the Centennial of Scouting in 2007.  In response to a call from World Scout Secretary General Jacques Moreillon as keynote speaker at the 2002 Rotary International Convention in Barcelona for Rotarians to support “Operation One World” he also established the IFSR Centennial Project designed to have each Rotary District sponsor two scouts, one from thier own district and one from a developing country, at the Centennial World Scout Jamboree in England in 2007.  Through contributions by Rotary Clubs, individuals and other interested groups IFSR hopes to increase Rotary’s direct suport for and involvement with Scouting and increase the awareness of Rotarians throughout the world of the special relationship these organizations have had throughout the years.  In addition, we hope to develop special program items, a display for use at Rotary and Scouting events, plus other public relation tools to spread that message.

Scouts is a big group all over the world and have great respect among the public. These scouts are forgotten once they grow up into adults. Many of them live by what they learnt as young scouts and Rotary decided to bring these people together. This fellowship will see people, young and old bonding and working alike as their scouting memories kick in. even those with varicose pains will use a tube of Varikosette and continue tying those knots for the tents. This fellowship will be fun and interesting.

 

Honor Paul Harris

Honor Paul Harris.   One specific way to remember the anniversary of Paul Harris’ death is to check if your own club is properly registered and planning Rotary International Centennial activities.  Has your club actually registered a  Centennial Community Project?  (Over 5000 clubs have already done so, and you can still do it.) Have you created and registered a Centennial Twin Club?  Are you making plans for next year’s Centennial Volunteer Month?  Planning to attend the Centennial Convention in Chicago?  Joining in the Centennial Parade in Chicago?  Writing a club history?  Planning to take part in the United Nations Centennial Peace Seminar?  Organizing a public information, billboard, media program to tell the public what Rotary is and does?  Planning to have one club meeting each month next year dedicated to some Rotary Centennial History program?  And planning many other Centennial activities.  To give proper honor to our founder — let’s all make the 100th Anniversary of Rotary one of distinction, significance, and dignity.  This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.     Cliff Dochterman, Chairman RI Centennial Operations Committee (submitted to Rotary Global History by Past RI President Cliff Dochterman 1992-93 on the 57th anniversary of the passing of Rotary founder Paul P. Harris.)

Rotary International is one of the most well-known and recognized organizations in the world due to the vast scope of the noble initiatives undertaken. With members working in projects all around the globe, it is truly an international organization in every sense of the word.

 

Rotary has been ably guided right from its first President Paul Harris to its current leadership. This is also one of the reasons why it has made great progress in its aim of bringing about positive changes in the world.

 

Among its many leaders, one name that stands out is that of Clifford L. Dochterman. He was the President of Rotary International from 1992 to 1993. He continued the legacy of making the best efforts of a better world for all remarkably well.

 

Among the different causes that Rotary is working for, the most important one is concerning health care. There are millions of people in the world who cannot afford or have access to basic health care facilities. This is an alarming statistic considering the pace at which the world continues to progress in other aspects.

 

Rotary believes that each and everyone deserves good health, as it is his or her right. Consistent efforts are made to treat various diseases and prevent its occurrences.  No effort is considered big or small considering the deep negative impact diseases have on human life. Apart from the pain it also results in poverty.

 

Rotarians also believe that educating people about diseases helps them to make the necessary changes to prevent it. Individuals and communities are given the right information and education in order to stop the spread of diseases especially the ones that are life threatening.

 

Living a healthy and disease free life is a dream that most people would like to turn into reality. This does take effort, strong will, and commitment. It requires one to consistently make healthy choices to experience the positive life changes.

 

The key to prevent diseases largely depends on the body’s immune system.  A strong immune system works as a great form of defense to keep any health problems away. It also plays an important role in recovering from injuries. Some of the major factors that affect immunity are food, stress, exercise, rest, etc.

 

There may also be times where in spite of making all these choices one has to deal with an infection. One such common example of an infection is called mycosis. It is a foot fungal infection, which could lead to serious complications if left untreated for a long time.

A product called Fresh Fingers is the perfect solution to get rid of this problem forever. It is a spray and contains a formula of natural ingredients, which gets rid of the contamination and gives protection against another occurrence.

 

It relieves the itching sensation and also prevents the growth of bacteria. It also nourishes and moisturizes the skin leaving it soft and smelling fresh.

 

Coming back to Rotary International, it was established primarily to make a significant contribution back to the community. Only when this happens on a large scale will the effects be evident in society and the world at large.

Paul Harris on “Fellowship”

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www.globalnetworkinggroups.org

  • Rotarian Action Groups

  • Recreational and Vocational Fellowships

 

 

1911 First National Rotarian
Edinburgh 1921
“Sixth Object” 1925
“The Founder of Rotary” 1928
Ches Perry forward to above
Tour of Europe 1928
Europe Tour 1932
Radio Address 1933
Tour of Africa 1934
“This Rotarian Age” 1935
“Peregrinations III” 1937
1946 Comments
From “My Road to Rotary” 1947
David Nichol “The Golden Wheel”
 Articles discussing the basic values of fellowship in Rotary (and the Rotary Fellowships). For further information, please contact RGHF

RGHF is indebted to Don Higgins, who kept much of this material safe for many years and who generously offered to share it with our project.

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Fellowship Links
RI Fellowships Home Site
The First Fellowship
How Fellowships Began
1989 article in The Rotarian on fellowships
All Rotarian Action Groups Histories Posted
All Fellowship Histories Posted
RI PowerPoint on Fellowships
As of 1 July 2005, the Rotary Fellowships program belongs to a new parent entity known as Global Networking Groups. The new entity includes groups of individual Rotarians organized to focus on shared topics of interest on an international basis. Effective 1 July 2006, all existing and future fellowship groups with a service-oriented focus will be reclassified under a new category called Rotarian Action Groups, while existing and future fellowship groups focusing on fellowship of a recreational or vocational nature will remain under the designation of Rotary Fellowships. For more information, please refer to Frequently Asked Questions.

Rotary fellowships were a combination of both services to the needy and to get to know each other through get-togethers. Though the Rotarians were aware of which fellowship group did what or could find the details on the internet, thanks to proper documentation, it was a little confusing and misleading for outsiders who were checking about rotary for the first time.

When a person from the public or an aspiring member checks the Rotary International website and reads about fellowships, they may be misleaded to think all Rotary does are get people of similar interests or profession together and let them come up with ideas or have fun and get to know each other better. While there are many socializing clubs spread across the globe, Rotary International is not on of them., hence, to avoid being misunderstood, this demarcation was necessary.

Now when a person checks the website, they will be able to know about both the service oriented fellowships as well as the recreation oriented fellowships. This gives them a fair idea as to what Rotary does exactly and how it functions. For aspiring members, who are keen on social service, to know they can meet new people and develop their social circle as well, in addition to contributing to the society, is definitely a major advantage, which will encourage them to join. Now they can know that they can bond or work over a cup of Chocolate Slim, because this organization does both and has a good balance of it.

During this period of transition, both Rotary Fellowships and Rotarian Action Groups will be represented on the Rotary Fellowships pages of the RI Web site. Pending the development of a separate Rotarian Action Groups Web page, both pages will be linked through a common portal for Global Networking Groups. Please check back periodically for further updates.

Global Networking Groups currently comprise more than 90 independent Rotary Fellowships and Rotarian Action Groups. Join the growing number of Rotarians who are sharing their favorite activities and professional interests through organized recreational and vocational groups in Rotary Fellowships, or explore new opportunities for international partnership in service in Rotarian Action Groups. Whether you are interested in bird watching, motorcycling, volunteer dentistry, or the fight against AIDS, Rotary�s Global Networking Groups are fantastic resources for all Rotarians to develop new friendships and to advance opportunities for service.  (Rotary International information)

Arch C. Klumph

Arch C. Klumph 1916-1917

From The Rotarian, September 1916

The main aim of Rotarians is to spread happiness and help build new relationships no matter wherever in the world. As the world off late has become a negative place with its increased stress levels.

This has led to a lot of problems especially in the case where people are under a lot of pressure to perform, meet deadlines etc. they tend to have a lack of sleep, poor dietary habits and worst of all lack of time to take care of themselves. This invariably leads to physical problems like obesity, which is now on the rise. All of these problems also come against the main aim of the Rotary Club.

To all these problems there is a simple solution. It goes by the name of Chocolate Slim. This is a wonder drink that makes your dream of battling obesity and that too very easily. Everyone is aware of the fact that one must work out and do simple exercises like walking, running, and swimming and have a balanced diet along with that. This is the difficult way of losing weight. But why do that, when Chocolate Slim is your easy way out?

With Chocolate Slim, you can continue to enjoy the delicious taste of chocolate and avoid all the binge eating sessions as well. It is an all natural and hence safe for consumption. It is also devoid of any harmful artificial agents, colors, chemicals, GMO, and paraben. The ingredients of Chocolate Slim are such that it becomes a natural supplement towards weight loss. It is suitable for both men and women. Also, the main aim of this product is to curb the hunger pangs by simply suppressing the appetite. So the people always have a sense of fullness as well and a pleasant taste of chocolate too.

You now do not need to spend hours sweating it out at the gym or curbing your appetite or cravings for chocolates. You can relish the chocolate flavor along with losing weight.

The main ingredients include:

Green tea seeds: We all must be aware, green tea helps in burning fat and reducing the accumulation of fat in the body. It is also a natural anti-oxidant and an excellent source of energy.

Asian: It is a cyanide that is available inside the cartilage that blocks the adipocyte and reduces weight. It is also a natural anti-oxidant.

Gotz Beri: Most useful in destroying fat cells that are accumulated in the body. It also prevents it from accumulation.

Chia Seeds: It is an excellent source of energy and also plays a significant role in preventing the accumulation of fats in the body.

Rajish Seeds: It helps to maintain the overall condition of the body and prevents any wear and tear from occurring.

It has several advantages like:

The weight reduction is sensible, as the appetite is curbed. This prevents a person from excessive eating resulting in weight loss.

The appearance of cellulite is a problem that affects many women, but Chocolate Slim reduces the fat cells in the body that gives the skin a firm and smooth appearance.

Since Chocolate Slim is a natural product it serves as an ideal dietary supplement. It suppresses hunger and so a person does not feel the need to eat and because of its chocolate flavor, the craving for sweets or chocolates is also curbed.

What is a Paul Harris Fellow?

By PRIP Clifford L. Dochterman, 1992 – 1993

Cliff Dochterman RI President, l992-93

“Recently, I joined in a discussion about the importance of the dignity in the presentation of a Paul Harris Fellow.

That is why The Rotary Foundation has the beautiful medallion on a blue and gold ribbon, in order that it can actually be presented around the neck of the individual, along with the certificate and lapel pin to show that it is an event of special significance.

When someone commented that the presentation itself “gives a PHF its true value as a recognition of exceptional service,” I felt that a little more explaining should be made. Certainly, to recognize a person as a Paul Harris Fellow should always be an honor to the individual, because it demonstrates significant support for the wonderful work of The Rotary Foundation.. But, just as a Paul Harris Fellow can be a “recognition of exceptional service,” it can also be many other things, as well.

To describe a PHF only in terms of “exceptional service” is far too limiting for the entire Rotary world, and totally disregards the historical background of the expression of appreciation for a very generous contribution to The Rotary Foundation. If we did not think much broader in describing a Paul Harris Fellow, and realize it is primarily a magnificent way to raise money for The Foundation, I assure you that The Rotary Foundation would not be one of the great humanitarian and educational foundations of the world. What is the historical fact?

A few years ago, when I was a Trustee of The Rotary Foundation, I went back and read all of the minutes of the Trustees during the year l956-57. In the year l956, the total contributions to The Rotary Foundation were a little less than $500,000 US dollars ( $493,722 to be exact). The Trustees began to think about how they could raise more money for the Foundation. What would be a good way to encourage Rotarians to give “big money”?

The Trustees finally came up with the idea of trying to get some Rotarians to give $1000 in one major gift, by giving them a special form of public recognition. So, it was suggested that we call them “Paul Harris Fellows.”

There were three conditions: the contribution must be at least $1000; it must be from one individual; and it must be given within a single year. A very attractive pin and medallion were designed as a means to identify this type of generous donor. As you recognize, in l957, a monetary gift of $1000 was a very substantial amount of money. So, there weren’t too many gifts, and thus, very few Paul Harris Fellows. As time went by, it was decided that The Foundation could collect more money if the gift could be collected and given over several years, and after there was a total accumulation of $1000, the Trustees would designate the person as a Paul Harris Fellow.

 Later, it was suggested, that if a club did not have just one person who could give a $1000 in a personal contribution, maybe several persons could go together and make the $1000 gift. Then the question was raised, “Who will be the person who is named the Paul Harris Fellow?” Gradually, the answer was for the donors or the Rotary club to pick one person who had long service, or some distinguishing characteristics, and name him or her as the PHF. Thus, in some clubs, the concept developed that a Paul Harris Fellow was just an award for exceptional service. The result was, that in those clubs a Paul Harris Fellow took on a totally different meaning (a reward for exceptional service) from its original purpose — to encourage individual Rotarians to give larger contributions to The Rotary Foundation.

Ironically, in those clubs which chose to limit the Paul Harris Fellow recognition to a form of an “award for exceptional service,” many Rotarians were discouraged from making large personal gifts to The Rotary Foundation since it might be interpreted as giving merely seeking or buying an “award.” So, the per capita giving in those areas of the world is much lower than those areas where the concept of a Paul Harris Fellow is the original expression of appreciation by The Rotary Foundation Trustees for an individual, or in whose name, a gift of $1000 is given to conduct the work of The Foundation. Has the Paul Harris Fellow recognition by the Trustees been successful as a fund raising scheme? Absolutely! As I mentioned above, in l956, less than $500,000 was raised annually by The Foundation.

Today, nearly $70,000,000 is raised per year — and about 80% of those funds come from individuals being named Paul Harris Fellows, or are naming other persons Paul Harris Fellows. The last time I checked, there were about 700,000 Paul Harris Fellows, and multi-Fellows in the world. They are the backbone of the annual support to The Rotary Foundation, and those donations are the only reason that enables Rotarians to carry on a world-wide program of educational and humanitarian programs.

So, what is a Paul Harris Fellow? Think for a moment of this statement: “A Paul Harris Fellow means whatever you want it to mean.” Should The Rotary Foundation accept a $1000 contribution as a way to honor a person for exceptional service? Certainly.

Should The Rotary Foundation accept a gift of $1000 as an expression of happiness for 20 years of marriage, or a new grandchild, or success in one’s vocation or family life? Of course.

Should The Rotary Foundation accept a $1000 contribution in memory of a friend, relative or associate who has been an important asset to your life? Certainly.

Should The Rotary Foundation accept $1000 if you really believe in the tremendous value of the humanitarian work of TRF in developing parts of the world and thereby express appreciation for your gift by naming you a Paul Harris Fellow or multi-PHF? Absolutely.

So, I suggest that a Paul Harris Fellow can mean whatever you wish it to mean. The Rotary Foundation benefits from your contribution and demonstrates this appreciation through the mechanism of a Paul Harris Fellow. That is the way I see it.”

Cliff Dochterman RI President, l992-93

Read the history of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International

Read the history of Paul Harris