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  1. ROTARY 101 Past, Present, and Future (created by Debbie Stacey, March 2012) WELCOME!

  2. Rotary 101 includes: • Rotary history & timeline • How Rotary has evolved • Current Rotary facts • Rotary plans for the future • What is Rotary, what it means to be a Rotarian • What Rotarians do • Why Public Image is so important • How to stay informed

  3. PAST – History of Rotary

  4. Who convened the first Rotary meeting – when, where and why? 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

  5. When and what was the first act of service? 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

  6. Was Paul Harris elected the 1st President of the Chicago club?

  7. On November 12, 1908 the 2nd club was chartered in what city? Rockford, Illinois Milwaukee, Wisconsin St. Louis, Missouri Boston, Massachusetts San Francisco, California

  8. 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? 60 registrants 16 clubs with 1,000 members all in the U.S.

  9. Where was the 1st official club outside of the US chartered on April 13, 1912? Tokyo, Japan Sydney, Australia London, England Mexico City, Mexico Winnipeg, Canada

  10. When was the 1st issue of “The National Rotarian” published? January 12, 1911 A 12-page periodical; Today “The Rotarian” is usually 64 – 80 pages!

  11. Where and when was the 1st non-English speaking club? Havana, Cuba (1916)

  12. Why was the endowment fund created in 1917, and which club made the 1st contribution? “for the purpose of doing good in the world” Rotary Club of Kansas City, MO $26.50 (pre-cursor to Rotary Foundation)

  13. Match the club location with the “1st” in 1918 – 1921 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 Edinburgh, Scotland Rotary Club of Shanghai Montevideo, Uruguay Manila, Philippines Chicago, IL, USA

  14. Match the year and event: 1921 1922 1924 1925 1929 1st Foundation Gift $500 Adopted today’s gearwheel emblem 1,000th chartered club Official name became Rotary International 2,000+ chartered clubs

  15. Why was the Rotary Relief Fund established in 1940? To help war victims from World War II Response to Resolution calling for “respect for human rights”

  16. One of the world’s most widely printed & quoted statements of business ethics… 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?

  17. Rotary when Paul Harris died on January 27, 1947: Over 300,000 Rotarians! Paul Harris Memorial Fund created and awarded to 18 fellows to study abroad Precursor to Ambassadorial Scholarships

  18. Did you know there were two official mottoes in 1950? Service Above Self He Profits Most Who Serves Best

  19. 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.

  20. Match the new beginnings w/ the correct year: 1957 1962 1965 1968 1971 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

  21. “Few there are who do not recognize the good work which is done by Rotary clubs throughout the free world.” –Winston Churchill

  22. When and where was the 1st polio effort prior to start of Polio Plus? Rotary Foundation funded 1st Health, Hunger & Humanity (3-H) Grant to immunize 6 million Philippine children 1979

  23. Polio Plus launched at 1985 convention (8M cases predicted by 2005)

  24. When did US Supreme Court rule RI may NOT exclude women? 1987 Rotary Club of Duarte, CA reinstated after termination in 1978 for admitting women; 1989 Council on Legislation votes to admit women worldwide

  25. $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

  26. Many European clubs disbanded during WWII and reinstated in 1989 following: Collapse of Berlin Wall Dissolution of Soviet Union (1st Russian club chartered in 1990)

  27. Two women began terms as District Governors in 1995

  28. Why were Rotary Centers established in 1999 for International Studies in peace and conflict? To help prepare future leaders and diplomats.

  29. Match these events in the 21st century: 2002 2003 2004 2006 2007 One millionth 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!

  30. What prompted the $200 million challenge to End Polio Now in 2008? Efforts to match the $100 million challenge grant from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Rotary has contributed more than $900 million

  31. Where did Rotary celebrate its 100th centennial convention? Rome, Italy Winnipeg, Canada Edinburgh, Scotland Chicago, Illinois Birmingham, England

  32. PRESENT - Rotary Today TIP: Did you know Rotary has a monthly theme? March is L------- month

  33. “The Rotarian” 100th anniversary issue January 2011 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

  34. What is Rotary? (See “This is Rotary”) An international humanitarian service organization A global network of community volunteers

  35. Clubs are the most basic element of Rotary and the most vital! Rotarian Rotary Clubs Rotary Districts Rotary Zones Rotary International

  36. Who are Rotarians? “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

  37. What Rotarians do: “Service Above Self” Five Areas of Service: Club Service Vocational Service Community Service International Service New Generations Service

  38. Six Areas of Focus: Peace & conflict prevention/resolution Disease prevention & treatment Water & sanitation Maternal & child health Basic education & literacy Economic & community development

  39. CORE VALUES Our priorities and actions that drive the intent and direction of the strategic plan. Service Fellowship Diversity Integrity Leadership

  40. What is our Top Priority? Eradication of Polio Only 4 endemic countries left: Afghanistan India (1 year polio free) Nigeria Pakistan *Last 1% most difficult and expensive

  41. FUTURE The best is yet to come! “If we all have the fortitude to see this effort through to the end, then we will eradicate polio.” - Bill Gates

  42. Enhance Rotary’s Public Image(see RPIC message) 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 - Outcomes: Membership– attract and retain Humanitarian Assistance – continue position as main player in global assistance & development

  43. 2012-2013 Theme“Peace Through Service” President-elect SakujiTanaka Tokyo, Japan

  44. RESOURCES • RI website @ • “The Rotarian” magazine (also available @ • Zone 28 Public Image website • 2010 Public Image Survey • 2011 Annual Report

  45. RESEARCHRotary History and Archives Lincolnwood, Illinois, USA 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. • Browse collection highlights • Get research tips and answers to common Rotary research questions • View guidelines and access information Email research questions to