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rotary 101


Past, Present, and Future

(created by Debbie Stacey, March 2012)


rotary 101 includes
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
who convened the first rotary meeting when where and why
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

when and what was the first act of service
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

on november 12 1908 the 2 nd club was chartered in what city
On November 12, 1908 the 2nd club was chartered in what city?

Rockford, Illinois

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

St. Louis, Missouri

Boston, Massachusetts

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?

60 registrants

16 clubs with

1,000 members

all in the U.S.

where was the 1 st official club outside of the us chartered on april 13 1912
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

when was the 1 st issue of the national rotarian published
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!

why was the endowment fund created in 1917 and which club made the 1 st contribution
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


(pre-cursor to Rotary Foundation)

match the club location with the 1 st in 1918 1921
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

match the year and event
Match the year and event:






1st Foundation Gift $500

Adopted today’s

gearwheel emblem

1,000th chartered club

Official name became

Rotary International

2,000+ chartered clubs

why was the rotary relief fund established in 1940
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”

o ne of the world s most widely printed quoted statements of business ethics
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 be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?

rotary when paul harris died on january 27 1947
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

did you know there were two official mottoes in 1950
Did you know there were two official mottoes in 1950?

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.

match the new beginnings w the correct year
Match the new beginnings w/ the correct year:






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

when and where was the 1 st polio effort prior to start of polio plus
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


when did us supreme court rule ri may not exclude women
When did US Supreme Court rule RI may NOT exclude women?


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

many european clubs disbanded during wwii and reinstated in 1989 following
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)

why were rotary centers established in 1999 for international studies in peace and conflict
Why were Rotary Centers established in 1999 for International Studies in peace and conflict?

To help prepare future leaders and diplomats.

match these events in the 21 st century
Match these events in the 21st century:






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!

what prompted the 200 million challenge to end polio now in 2008
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

where did rotary celebrate its 100 th centennial convention
Where did Rotary celebrate its 100th centennial convention?

Rome, Italy

Winnipeg, Canada

Edinburgh, Scotland

Chicago, Illinois

Birmingham, England

present rotary today
PRESENT - Rotary Today

TIP: Did you know Rotary has a monthly theme?

March is L------- month

the rotarian 100 th anniversary issue january 2011
“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

what is rotary see this is rotary
What is Rotary? (See “This is Rotary”)

An international humanitarian service organization

A global network of community volunteers

clubs are the most basic element of rotary and the most vital
Clubs are the most basic element of Rotary and the most vital!


Rotary Clubs

Rotary Districts

Rotary Zones

Rotary International

who are rotarians
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

what rotarians do
What Rotarians do:

“Service Above Self”

Five Areas of Service:

Club Service

Vocational Service

Community Service

International Service

New Generations Service

six areas of focus
Six Areas of Focus:

Peace & conflict prevention/resolution

Disease prevention & treatment

Water & sanitation

Maternal & child health

Basic education & literacy

Economic & community development

core values

Our priorities and actions that drive the intent and direction of the strategic plan.






what is our top priority
What is our Top Priority?

Eradication of Polio

Only 4 endemic countries left:


India (1 year polio free)



*Last 1% most difficult and expensive

future the best is yet to come
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

enhance rotary s public image see rpic message
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 -


Membership– attract and retain

Humanitarian Assistance – continue position as main player in global assistance & development

2012 2013 theme peace through service
2012-2013 Theme“Peace Through Service”


SakujiTanaka Tokyo, Japan

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