The 20th Convention – Dallas, May 27-31 with 9,508 in attendance

 I. B. Sutton, Tampico, Mexico

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The 1929 Convention in Dallas was held between May 27th and 31st. 9,526 registered to attend representing 2,361 Clubs.

Paul Harris message took up a sporting theme -entitled – The Big Game is On. Paul asked Rotarians – What will your batting average be? And Have you learned the rules of the game?

“Rotarians are playing a game”, the President Emeritus wrote, “bigger than baseball, cricket or golf, a game that can be played until the mortal curtains fall, the game of life; it requires all our individual and collective spirit of fair play, courage and the will to win“.

Harris’ conclusion was this: – To play the game you need to know the rules and the result depends on how well you know the rules.

There was a discussion of resolution 7 “to discontinue the use of motto or slogan ‘He profits most who serves best'” as proposed by RIBI- The British had never grown fond of Sheldon’s words, fearing that the reference to ‘profit’ implied Rotarians had a motive of self-interest. The Board of Directors rejected this proposal to great applause. Much of the discussion concentrated on the translation of the phrase. It was the word ‘profit’ that was under question by the British but many foreign Club members pointed out that ‘profit’ often translated into their language as ‘benefit’. There was much ‘frank’ discussion before Rotarian Chadwick of London dared to speak in favor. Chadwick argued that as there was some confusion with the translation and definition – “Let’s kill this idea that we are making profit, that we are making anything out of what we give”. The resolution fell.

President Sutton of Tapico, Mexico took up the cause of the Foundation: “What can the Rotary Foundation do? Many men ask ‘what are we going to do with it?’ A thousand useful things, I answer, but to begin with, we might well promote this magnificent idea of understanding and friendship among the youth of every country.”

Ches Perry announced in his report that “The Rotary Foundation has been organized and is well under way”.

The trustees of the foundation led by Arch Klumph had received several cash donations from the member clubs. The new Board was appointed after the Convention though Minneapolis gave the Constitutional enactment for the Rotary Foundation.

Its first meeting was held in Chicago where Klumph told of the serious necessity for an Endowment Fund – its purposes and administration. The first task of the trustees was to begin a campaign of information and education – “a rare privilege in which every single Rotarian throughout the world would without doubt, when properly apprised of all the facts, seek the opportunity of participating”.

The trustees expected both cash and insurance policies and set a target of some $20,000.

Cal Thomson

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