ROTARY 101. Past, Present, and Future (created by Debbie Stacey, March 2012) WELCOME!. Rotary 101 includes:. Rotary history & timeline H ow Rotary has evolved Current Rotary facts Rotary plans for the future What is Rotary, what it means to be a Rotarian What Rotarians do
Past, Present, and Future
(created by Debbie Stacey, March 2012)
Attorney Paul P. Harris
February 23, 1905 in Chicago Unity Building, Room 711 (restored room on 16th floor RI Building in Evanston)
“Men” from various vocations who would rotate meetings at their offices
Beginning of world’s 1st service club
1907 installation of city public toilets to improve sanitation in Chicago
“In common with my fellow members, I had learned to place emphasis on the giving rather than the getting.”
– Paul Harris
St. Louis, Missouri
San Francisco, California
The 1st convention was in Chicago @ the Congress Hotel on August 15-17,1910. How many registrants, clubs and members were there at that time?
16 clubs with
all in the U.S.
Mexico City, Mexico
January 12, 1911
A 12-page periodical;
Today “The Rotarian” is usually 64 – 80 pages!
Havana, Cuba (1916)
“for the purpose of doing good in the world”
Rotary Club of Kansas City, MO
(pre-cursor to Rotary Foundation)
1st club south of the equator 1918
1st Asian club June 1919
1st club in China July 1919
1st Internat’l Assembly host 1919
1st Convention outside
N. America 1921
Rotary Club of Shanghai
Chicago, IL, USA
1st Foundation Gift $500
1,000th chartered club
Official name became
2,000+ chartered clubs
To help war victims from
World War II
Response to Resolution calling for
“respect for human rights”
The Four-Way Test
written in 1932 and adopted in 1943
Is it the TRUTH?
Is it FAIR to all concerned?
Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?
Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?
Over 300,000 Rotarians!
Paul Harris Memorial Fund created and awarded to 18 fellows to study abroad
Precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships
Service Above Self
He Profits Most Who Serves Best
In 1955 Richard Nixon spoke at the RI convention in Chicago celebrating Rotary’s golden anniversary, 50 years, with 8,500 clubs in 89 countries.
1st RYLA in Australia
1st Group Study Exchange & Matching Grants
1st Paul Harris Fellow Foundation Awards
1st Interact in Melbourne, FL
1stRotaract at Univ of
N Carolina, Charlotte
“Few there are who do not recognize the good work which is done by Rotary clubs throughout the free world.” –Winston Churchill
Rotary Foundation funded 1st Health, Hunger & Humanity (3-H) Grant
to immunize 6 million Philippine children
Rotary Club of Duarte, CA reinstated after termination in 1978 for admitting women;
1989 Council on Legislation votes to admit women worldwide
$247 million raised through Polio Plus fundraising campaign in 1988 prompting World Health Organization (WHO) Resolution to eradicate polio by 2000
Largest internationally world public health program to date
Collapse of Berlin Wall
Dissolution of Soviet
Union (1st Russian club
chartered in 1990)
To help prepare future leaders and diplomats.
Paul Harris Fellow
Largest convention in
Osaka, Japan 45,381
Europe polio free!
Five Centennial bells begin journey from Brisbane, Australia
99% polio drop; only 4 countries remain!
Efforts to match the $100 million challenge grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Rotary has contributed more than
TIP: Did you know Rotary has a monthly theme?
March is L------- month
The latest Rotary at a Glance March 2012
Rotary: 1,218,199 members; 34,282 clubs
Rotaract: 207,690 members; 9,030 clubs
Interact: 323,104 members; 14,048 clubs
RCCs: 167,210 members; 7,270 corps
An international humanitarian service organization
A global network of community volunteers
“Service Above Self”
A worldwide network (original social network)
Inspired individuals who translate their passions into relevant social causes to change lives
Volunteers giving their time and talents to serve local and global communities
Diverse business, professional and community leaders who form strong, lasting friendships along the way
“Service Above Self”
Five Areas of Service:
New Generations Service
Peace & conflict prevention/resolution
Disease prevention & treatment
Water & sanitation
Maternal & child health
Basic education & literacy
Economic & community development
Our priorities and actions that drive the intent and direction of the strategic plan.
Eradication of Polio
Only 4 endemic countries left:
India (1 year polio free)
*Last 1% most difficult and expensive
“If we all have the fortitude to see this effort through to the end, then we will eradicate polio.” - Bill Gates
Brand – Rotary revitalization
End of Polio Now Campaign – final steps
Project Showcase – help tell the Rotary story
Rotary Club Central – online resource
Retool RI website - rotary.org
Membership– attract and retain
Humanitarian Assistance – continue position as main player in global assistance & development
SakujiTanaka Tokyo, Japan
A History and Archives team continues to update and provide access to its collection of tens of thousands of items from all over the world.
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