Joseph A. Caulder Collection
Past Rotary International Director 1928-29 - Regina, Sask., Canada
"Eyewitness to Rotary International's First 50 Years"
JOSEPH A. CAULDER - An eyewitness to Rotary International's first 50 years.
Joe Caulder, who served as a Rotary International District Governor for the 19th District in 1921-22 and as a member of Rotary International's Board of Directors in 1928-29, was an active Rotarian for more than 50 years. Not only did he frequently share the company of the earliest Rotarians, he was personally acquainted with all of the first 50 presidents of Rotary International.
During his service through Rotary, he collected and preserved information about Rotary's early history and preserved it for later generations. He worried that the new, younger Rotarians would not be able to easily learn about the works and deeds of the men who developed the Rotary ideals during the international organization's first half century. He took it upon himself to prepare four large volumes of Rotary "information" and two larger volumes devoted to information about all Rotary International Presidents from Paul P. Harris in 1910-12 to J. Edd McLaughlin in 1960-61, and all the Directors of Rotary from Canada, the Presidents of R.I.B.I., the General Secretaries of R.I., the Secretaries of R.I.B.I. during Rotary International's first 50 years, and some of the Rotarians of the early era who contributed so much to the development of the organization.
In Joe's own words, the material he collected and preserved was for the purpose of assisting "young members, present and future, to learn much about the origin of Rotary and the men of the early days who made it what it is today." Much of the material is "one-of-a-kind" and much more contains Joe Caulder's personal insights and observations. The development of this web site, made possible by the sharing of the Caulder Collection by Past R. I. Vice President Wilf Wilkinson and Past R. I. Treasurer Tibor Gregor, is an effort to make the Caulder materials available to all Rotarians and friends of Rotary in order to fulfill Joe Caulder's desire to "make sure that some great names will not be forgotten."
The material is being presented on the web site in the same form, to the extent possible, as it appears in the books and albums put together by Joe Caulder in the 1950s and 1960s. Readers should understand that many rules and procedures of Rotary and its clubs have changed dramatically since this material was put together by Joe Caulder. Because it is thought important to present the material in the same form written and collected by Joe, the material has not been changed or updated. Current information about Rotary and its programs is available on the Rotary International web site.
Past R.I. Director
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