The 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.

Rotary Information Book 3

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DECEMBER 25th, 1951.

In dealing with the Rotary year 1912-13 it was recorded that at the Duluth convention in 1912 Rotary had become International owing to the fact that the Winnipeg club had been organized. At that convention Rotary was divided into six territories, five in the United States and one in Canada. Also, W. J. Clubb, founder of the, Rotary Club of Winnipeg, was made Rotary representative for all Canada.

One year later, in August 1913, at the Buffalo convention, another step was taken. The United States still had five Rotary areas but Canada was given two, and Great Britain and Ireland one, making in all eight territorial divisions.

Eastern Canada, including Ontario, Quebec and the Maritime provinces was made one division, with W. A. Peace of Toronto as Vice-President. Bill Peace, therefore, ruled over all of Eastern Canada from August 1913 until June 1914.

At the 1911 convention the Board had decided that thereafter the Rotary year would run from July 1st to June 30th, consequently the convention of 1914 was held in Houston, Texas in. June of 1914. Again Bill Peace was left in charge of all of Eastern Canada. Still the Rotary world consisted of eight territories, five in the United States, one in G B. and I., and two in Canada.

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In 1915 there was some variation because the convention was held in San Francisco July 18th to 23rd., and at that convention some changes ware brought about in the Rotary world owing to rapid growth. The Montreal and Halifax clubs had been brought in in 1913, and St. John, N.B. in 1914. The current directories of Rotary International do not show the date of the charters as was shown in the early directories, consequently it is not easy to find out whether some of these clubs came in before June 30th or after. It is obvious, however, that Bill Peace had an active regime. The Toronto club had been organized in November 1912, followed by the Hamilton club in June 1913. The next club to be organized after Montreal was St. John, N.B. in May of 1914, then London, Ont. in March 1915; then Ottawa in March of 1916; Brantford in February 1917; Windsor in August 1918; Quebec in May 1919; Moncton in March 1920.

However, this is to be a story of our own 247th district. It might be well to record, however, that out West, Rotary was also booming because following Winnipeg's entry into Rotary in 1910, Vancouver and Victoria both came along in 1913, Calgary in 1914; Edmonton 1916, Ft. William in 1916; also my own club of Moose Jaw in the same year; then Regina in 1917; also Saskatoon the same year with Lethbridge and Medicine Hat coming along in 1918.

In the West in those days Jim Ryan, Manager of R. G. Dun Company, Calgary, Jeff Lydiatt




of Calgary; also Jim Davidson of Calgary were very active. In fact, Calgary played a great part in the development of Rotary in Western Canada.

We will now get back to our own District. At the San Francisco convention G. B. and I. were left as one area. The United States was divided into15 areas, and Canada into 3. At this convention District #17 came into existence and it consisted of Ontario and Quebec, with Thomas G. Wells of Montreal, being the first District Governor. This is the first time the term "District" and  the term "District Governor" was used.

This convention was held in San Francisco July 18th, - 23rd,' 1915. At that time there were only 9 affiliated clubs in Canada, namely: Calgary, Halifax, Hamilton, Montreal, St. John, N.B., Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Winnipeg. The London, Ont.  club had been organized in March 1915 but was not yet affiliated. In, this first year of the life of District #17, namely 1915-16, the organization of the London, Ont. club was completed and the Ottawa club was brought in in March of 1916.

Rotary year 1916-17:  The Governor was Dr. Bruce A. Cary of Hamilton, Ontario and during his year the Brantford club was brought in in March of 1917.

No conferences were held in the years 1915-16 and 1916-17. Obviously those were tough years.

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Rotary year 1917-18: District Governor Wm. A, Martin of London, Ontario. The District Conference was held in Toronto.

Rotary year 1918-19: On July 1st, 1918, District #17 went out of existence and our District becomes #4. It would appear that two new clubs came into Rotary in that year, namely, Sault Ste. Marie in July 1918 and Windsor in August 1918. S. A Luke of Ottawa became. District Governor on July 1st, 1918 and carried on until November, when his death occurred. Russell T. Kelley of Hamilton became District Governor in Nov. 1918 and carried on until June 30th, 1919. The District Conference was held in Hamilton.

Rotary year 1919-20:  District #4-  Mr. F. Austin Lidbury of Niagara Falls, N.Y., was the Governor. This looked like a very active year. In January 1920 the Ba11eville club was brought in; in February the Guelph club; also in January the Owen Sound club; and in February the Welland club; and in May the Oshawa club. Surely a very active Rotary year.

Rotary year 1920-21: Harry G. Stanton of. Toronto was Governor of District #4, and again we find an exceedingly active year. In January the Niagara Falls club was organized; in March the Peterborough club; in May the St. Catharines club. The District Conference was held at Ottawa. Harry Stanton was, for many years, a very active member of the Rotary Club of Toronto also of District 4, later District #27.




Rotary year 1921-22: Hart I. Seely of Waverly, N.Y. was Governor of the 4th District. As would be expected, this meant a very active year. The first new club in this Rotary year was Cobourg in August 1921; followed by Port Hope and Lindsay in March of 1922; also Trenton in February and Kitchener-Waterloo in May of 1922. The District conference was held at Rochester, N.Y. The Stratford club also came in in April 1922.

It was my good fortune to also be Governor of the old 19th District in 1921-22. There were only 25 Governors in those days and Hart Seely and I became fast friends. We are still good friends.

Rotary year 1922-23: On July 1st, 1922 our District becomes #27, and Edward C. Bull of Buffalo, N.Y. becomes Governor. It appears that only one new club came into the District that year, namely North Bay. The District conference was held in Toronto, this being Toronto's second District Conference.

Rotary year 1923-24:  Andrew H. Wallace of St. Catharines, Ontario was Governor of District #27. The Sudbury club came into Rotary in November of that year; then Bowmanville in January 1924 and Woodstock in June of 1924. This was indeed a memorable year.  The district conference was held in Buffalo. 1,500 registered. This was a new high for District conferences. The previous high had been the Buffalo conference held in the spring of 1920 when 888 were present. It appears as though Buffalo was the place where new records were made.

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It was a memorable year because the International Convention was held in Toronto in June of 1924. This was the first Rotary International Convention held in Canada, and it was one of the greatest ever. Many people still maintain that it was the finest Rotary convention ever held. We are particularly interested because our own Sid McMichael was Chairman of the Convention Committee. Sid did a tremendous job.  He worked out a convention plan which was later officially adopted and, with minor changes, is in use.

Rotary year 1924-25: John T. Symes (now deceased) was Governor of District #27. John Came from Lockeport, N.Y. The first club to come in during this Rotary year was Simcoe in March of 1925; followed by Oakville in April and St. Mary's in May. The District Conference was held at Hamilton, Ontario.

Rotary year 1925-26: Sidney D. McMichael of: Toronto was Governor of  the 27th District. During this year the Preston club was brought ii in March of 1926. The Conference was held at Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Rotary year 1926-27:  Joseph R. Hanley. then of Perry, N.Y. was Governor of the 27th District. Joe, for some years past, and until November last, was Lieut. Governor of the State of New York. Strange to say, no new clubs were brought into the 27th District in Ontario during Joe's year.

I should have recorded back in the Rotary year 1918-19, when the number of this District changed from #17 to #4, the




District became International and it was the first District in all Rotary to be International.

Rotary year 1927-28: David M. Wright (now deceased) of Stratford, Ontario was Governor, of the 27th District. The only club in Ontario brought in during his Rotary year was Haileybury in January 1323. The District Conference was held in Toronto, this being the third conference for Toronto.

David M. Wright later served on the International Board.

Rotary year 1928-29: Robert C Turnbull of Bath, N.Y., was the Governor of the 27th District. The Campbellford club was brought in in November 1928, and the Weston-Mt. Dennis club in January of 1929. District Conference was held at Erie, Penn

Rotary year 1929-30: Charles W. Buchanan (now deceased) of Toronto, Ontario was the District Governor.  One new club was brought in during this year, namely Mimico - New Toronto in February 1930. The District Conference was held at Niagara Falls, Ont.  Our beloved Charlie Buchanan, affectionately known as "the big Swede" did a fine job as Governor, and prior to that had do a fine job as President of the Rotary Club of Toronto.

Rotary year 1930-31: Rev. Dean Miller (now deceased) of Bradford, Penn., was Governor of the 27th District. No new Ontario clubs were brought in during this year. The

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conference was held at Buffalo, N.Y. Membership in the District had now reached 4,000.

Rotary year 1931-1932: Charles E. Willox (now deceased) of Niagara Falls, Ontario was Governor of the 27th District. No new Ontario clubs were brought in during this year. The conference was held at Hamilton, Ontario.

Rotary year 1932-33: Rev. Philip W. Mosher of Niagara Falls, N.Y., was Governor of the 27th District. The Whitby club was brought in in February 1933. The conference was held at Jamestown, N.Y.

Rotary year 1933-34: . Dr Grant  Leslie Bird (now deceased} of Oshawa, Ontario was the Governor of the 27th District. The Huntsville club was brought in in May 1934. The conference was held at St. Catharines.

Rotary year 1934-35: James S. Dunwoody (now deceased) of Erie, Penn., was the Governor of the 27th District. No new Ontario clubs were brought in during this year. The conference was held at Niagara Falls, N. Y.

Rotary year 1935 36: Stanley C. Forbes of Brantford, Ontario was Governor of the 27th District. No new Ontario clubs were brought in. The District conference was held in Toronto and a new record was reached with 1,647 persons registered.




In an address given at the Conference held at Bigwin Inn in the spring of 1950, a skit was put on in which it was stated that the clubs of Parry Sound, Bracebridge and Orangeville were brought in during the 1935-36 Rotary year. This, I believe, is an error because the Rotary Directory for 1936-37 does not show any of these clubs, but the Directory for 1937-38 lists all of these clubs as having been organized in 1936. They should of course be in the 1936-37 Rotary year.

Rotary year 1936-37: George A. Barber of Batavia, N.Y. was the Governor of the 27th District, and as already mentioned Parry Sound, Bracebridge and Orangeville were brought in during the first half of George's year as Governor. Englehart and Gravenhurst were also brought in in the year 1936-37. The District Conference was held at Erie, Penn. On June 30th the 27th District t ceased to exist so far as we are concerned and we became the 169th District. I should have mentioned above that when the record breaking conference was held in Toronto in the Spring of 1936, it was the fourth conference held in Toronto.

Rotary year 1337-38: On July 1st, 1937 the 169th District came into existence and for us the 27th District ceased to exist. On July 31st, 1936 the 27th District had 67 clubs, 31 in Ontario, 30 in New York and 6 in Pennsylvania. During that Rotary year, District Governor George A. Barber brought into the District new clubs at Orangeville, Bracebridge,  Parry Sound, Englehart and Gravenhurst, making a total of 36 Ontario Clubs.

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With the coming into existence of the new 169th District, we lost Bellville, Campbellford, Owen Sound, St. Mary's, Stratford, Trenton and Woodstock - a total  of seven clubs, which left 29 in Ontario.

On July 1st, 1937, we also lost all the of Pennsylvania except Erie. The number of clubs in the State of New York remaining in the 169th District was 20 in place of 30.

Thomas J. Patton of North Bay was the District Governor of the 169th District, and he was the first Governor of this new District. During this Rotary year Shelburne and Queensten clubs were added. Tom Patton's conference was held in Niagara Falls in the spring of 1938.

Rotary year 1939-39:  Harry W. Rockwell of Buffalo, N.Y. was the second Governor of the 169th District, and also the last. His conference was held at Buffalo.

On July 1st of 1938 Harry Rockwell took over from Tom Patton 54 clubs. Tom had added two in New York, making a total of 22; we still had Erie, Penn., and in Ontario, Shelburne had been organized and for the first time a Quebec club had been brought into our District. This was the club of Bourlamaque - Val d'Or. The District was too large; something had to be done and our own Bill Cairns, a member of the Re-districting Committee decided that the 169th District should cease to exist as such, and on June 30th we were again due for a new name.

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Rotary year 1939-40:  We begin this new year as the 168th District with J. Owen Herity (now deceased) of Belleville, Ontario as Governor. Drastic changes had taken place. We lose our International standing and we become an all Canadian District. On July 1st we start off with 24 clubs in Ontario and 1 in Quebec. We lost our one Pennsylvania club and all of our New York clubs. We dropped from 31 clubs in Ontario on July 1st, 1938 to 24 clubs. No new clubs had been brought into what was left of our District during Harry Rockwell's year, but in Owen Herity's year Malartic and Leaside were brought in. The District Conference in the spring of 1940 was held at Hamilton. Brampton club came in during this year.

Rotary year 1940-41: Alec P. Ross of Toronto was the second Governor of the 168th District. A joint District Conference with the 169th District was held at Toronto, and a new record-was made with 1,689 in attendance. This was Toronto's fifth District Conference. During Alec Ross's year the club of Amos, Quebec was brought into existence. .

Rotary year 1941-42: Dan McQuarrie of Lindsay, Ontario, was the third Governor of the 168th District. Dan took over 29 clubs; 26 in Ontario and 3 in Quebec. Pickering was brought in in this year.  The conference was held at Niagara Falls, Ontario.

Rotary year 1942-43: Doctor George G. McNab, (since deceased) of Guelph, Ontario took over District 168 on July 1st, 1942. During this year Picton, Pembroke and LaSarre were brought into the district. The Conference was held in Toronto, making 6 for our city.

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Rotary year 1943-44: Harmon Edmund Rice of Huntsville, Ontario became Governor of the `168th District on July 1st, 1943. Harmon had a very successful year. He took over ' 33 clubs and turned over 35 to his successor, the new clubs being Fenelon Falls and Haliburton. The District conference was held in Toronto, making #7. It was beginning to be very obvious that there was only one place left in the District where a conference could be held successfully.

Rotary year 1944-45: Our own Thomas G. Rogers became Governor of the 168th District on July 1st, 1944. We all know that Tom did a fine job and had a good year, but no new clubs were organized and one club was lost to the District. This was Pembroke, which was transferred to District #170.

Perhaps there was not too much satisfaction in being District Governor in this particular year because, as we all remember, conditions were very bad although they were beginning to show signs of improvement. Conditions were so bad that no District conference was held.

Rotary 1945-46: William B. Hetherington became Governor of the 168th District on July 1st, 1945. Bill was from Malartic, Quebec. During this year, which again was a very unsettled one, the word over, Bill brought in Barrie and Orilla. He started out with 34 clubs and finished with 36. The District conference was held in Toronto, making #8.


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Rotary year 1946-47:  George L. Ziegler, a retired banker from Parry Sound, Ont. took over the 168th District on July 1st, 1946. He started with 36 clubs and finished the year with 38. The two new clubs were Havelock and Minden. There was a little mix-up in the official records for this year as only 35 clubs were listed in the Directory at the beginning of George's year. The heading, however, shows 36 clubs. Apparently the error has been made because Englehart is not shown in the 1946-47 Directory but it is listed in the 1945-46 and also in the 1947-48. George's conference, held in Toronto, was #9 for the Queen City.

Rotary year 1947-48: Kenneth M. Smith of Leaside, Ontario became Governor on July 1st, 1947. He took over 38 clubs. The new club was Acton and again the conference was held in Toronto, making #10.

Rotary year 1948-49: Edward A. Simmons of Trenton, Ontario took over the District on July 1st, 1948. Ed started out with 39 clubs and finished with 42. He organized Colborne, Stirling and Timmins.

Special mention should be made of this Timmins club. So far as we are able to find out, a new all-time record was created when approximately 150 Rotarians from Toronto and the area adjacent to Toronto, including clubs as far East as Belleville and Trenton, travelled to Timmins on a special train and approximately 350 sat

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down at the banquet on Charter Night; there were four or five special railway cars carrying Vice-Presidents and General Managers. The special train left Toronto on Friday evening and returned on Monday morning. I discussed this matter with Ches. Perry, ad one or two others, Past International Presidents from U.S.A., and one or two from Europe, and they all agree that nothing like it ever happened that the individuals travelled approximately 127.000 miles for this Charter Night. Ed. Simmons deserves congratulations for a job well done. Again the conference was held in Toronto and was #11.

Rotary year 1949-50: Our' own John W. Gooch became Governor of the 247th District on July 1st, 1949. Again, we have a new number. For us the 168th District ceases to exist. When John Gooch took over from Ed. Simmons when District 247 was born, it consisted of 42 clubs with 2,226 members. At the end of the year John was able to hand over 45 clubs with 2,311 members. John's three new clubs were Bolton, Kirkland Lake and Rouyn-Noranda. Again history was made in the District when a large group of Rotarians from the southern part of the province travelled in special sleepers, and part way by special train, and the two Charter Nights of Kirkland Lake and Rouyn-Noranda were completed in two successive nights, Friday and Saturday; as a matter of fact in about 26 or 27 hours.




This time six private railway cars were in the party. It was a great experience because the Rouyn-Noranda. club was almost entirely French speaking. For John's district conference precedent was broken. A grand conference was held at Bigwin Inn with about 400 in attendance. The host clubs were Huntsville, Bracebridge and Gravenhurst. These comparatively small clubs did a very fine job, and John had completed a splendid year as Governor.

Rotary year 1950-51: Arthur Ferguson of Gravenhurst became District Governor on July 1st, 1950. The year is not yet completed but I believe it is going to be one of the best as shortly new clubs will be organized at Ajax and Scarborough.

All of' these fine fellows who have served as Governors in this District since the early days, and with the exception of Bill Peace, only four have gone on to serve on the International Board, and. of these four consisting of Hart Seely, John Symes, David M. Wright and Robert C. Turnbul1, only one was from Canada.

Out of this list of 35 Governors, six were from Toronto. Certainly most of these six men could have served on the Board with distinction.

Toronto has had two of its members on the International Board, namely the late Dr. John J. Gibson and W. J. Cairns. John Gibson had the rather strange experience serving on the International Board without having first served as Governor of this District.

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Perhaps Toronto has not had its share of District Governors, and surely not its share of International Directors.

Of the six Toronto men who have served as Governors of the District, five are still with us.

So endeth the sketchy history of this fine District.


(Note-Kenneth M. Smith of Leaside should have been included as a Toronto Rotarian who served as a District Governor. He took over the Governorship of District #168 on July 1st, 1941 and did a good job.

Toronto has had 7 including Ken Smith.


Footnote-Feb. 1963 - District #247 was changed to #246 on July 1st, 1955 and to #707 on July 1st, 1957. Ken Partridge followed Art Ferguson in 1951-52, followed by Stan Everson of Oshawa 1952-53. Then Ray Jessup of Sudbury for 1953-54. Next Maurice Rector of Leaside 1955-56; Walter DeGeer of Bowmanville 1956-57; Ivan Percy Brettell, New Toronto 1957-58; Ed. Ruggles, Cobourg 1958-59; J. David Kennedy, Guelph 1959-60; J. Archie Turner, Port Credit 1960-61; Dr. Henry Kingstone, Toronto 1961961-62; and Edward G. Storie 1962-63.

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Robert E. Day, Toronto 1963-64.

Tibor P. Gregor, Eglinton-Toronto 64-65,

Jack W. Hughes, Toronto 65-66

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James B. Dods. Orangeville 1966-67

Kenneth Morley was elected in 1965 to follow Jim Dods in 67-68 but could not and Howard Wright of Leaside was chosen.

Howard Wright, Leaside            1967-68   

Kenneth Miller,  Scarborough      1968-69

Stew Munroe, Toronto                 1969-70

Peter Suttle, Toronto-Eglinton        1970-71

Wilfrid J. Wilkinson, C.A.-Trenton   1971-72

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1906 - The first Rotary Club was founded in Chicago February, 1905. In its printed constitution dated January, 1906, the objects were stated as follows:-

1st: The promotion of the business interests of its members.

2nd The promotion of good fellowship and other desiderata ordinarily incident to social clubs.

During 1906 a third object was adopted:

3rd: The advancement of the best interests of Chicago and the spreading of the spirit of civic pride and loyalty among its citizens.

(Practically the same objects were adopted by all other clubs which were organized between 1908, and August,. 1910.)

1910 - The following objects were adopted by the National Association of Rotary Clubs in August, 1910:

1st To extend and develop Rotary principles by the organization of affiliating Rotary clubs throughout America.

2nd: To unify the work and principles of .the affiliating Rotary clubs throughout America.

3rd: To arouse and encourage civic pride and loyalty.

4th: To promote progressive and honorable business methods.

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5th: To advance the business interests of the individual members of the affiliating Rotary Clubs.

1912 - At the convention held in Duluth in August, 1912, the name of the organization was changed to International Association of Rotary Clubs and the objects revised as follows:

1st : To standardize Rotary principles and to urge their adoption by all Rotary clubs insofar as they may be applicable to local conditions.

2nd: To encourage and promote the organization of Rotary Clubs in all commercial centers of the world,

3rd: To study the work of existing Rotary Clubs and their value to their respective members and communities and to clear the information thus acquired for the benefit of all Rotary clubs.

4th: To promote a broad spirit of fraternity and unity of interest among Rotarian business and professional men of different cities and countries, and among the affiliated clubs.

At this time a model Constitution and By-Laws for a Rotary Club was approved which contained as its objects, the following:-

1st: To promote the recognition of the worthiness of all legitimate occupations, and to dignify each member’s occupation as affording him an opportunity to serve society.


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2nd: To encourage high ethical standards in. business and professions.

3rd: To increase the efficiency of each mealier by the exchange of ideas and business methods.

4th: To promote the scientizing of acquaintance as an opportunity for service and an aid to success.

5th: To quicken the interest of each member in the public welfare and to cooperate with others in civic development.

1915 - At the convention held in San Francisco in 1915, the objects of the International Association were revised to read as fellows:-

1st: To standardize and disseminate Rotary principles and practices,

2nd: To encourage, promote and supervise the organization of Rotary clubs in all commercial centers of the world.

3rd: To study the work of existing Rotary Clubs and their value to their respective members and communities and to clear the information thus acquired for the benefit of all Rotary Clubs.

4th: To promote the broad spirit of good fellowship among Rotarians and among Rotary Clubs.

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At this same convention (San Francisco, 1915) a sixth object was added to the objects for a Rotary Club and the fifth object amplified. The objects for a Rotary Club as they appeared in 1915 were as follows:-

1st: To promote the recognition of the worthiness of all legitimate occupations, and to dignify each member's occupation as affording him an opportunity to serve society.

2nd: To encourage high ethical standards in business and professions.

3rd: To increase the efficiency of each member by the exchange of ideas and business methods. .

4th: To promote the scientizing of acquaintance as an opportunity for service and an aid to success.

5th: To quicken the interest of each member in the public welfare of his community and to co-operate with others in civic, social, commercial and industrial development.

6th: To stimulate the desire of each member to be of service to his fellowman and society in general.

At the convention held in Kansas City in 1918, the objects of the International Association were rewritten to read as follows:-


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lst: To encourage, promote and supervise the organization of Rotary clubs in all commercial centers throughout the world.

2nd: To co-ordinate, standardize and generally direct the work and activities, other than the local activities, of all affiliating Rotary Clubs.

3rd: To encourage and foster through its own activities and through the medium of affiliating Rotary clubs;

(a) High ethical standards in business and professions;

(b) The ideal of SERVICE as the basis of all worthy enterprise.

(c) The active interest of every Rotarian in the civic, commercial, social and moral welfare of his community.

(d) The development of a broad acquaintanceship as an opportunity for service as well as an aid to success.

(e) The interchange of ideas and of business methods as a means of increasing the efficiency and usefulness of Rotarians.

(f) The recognition of the worthiness of all legitimate occupations and the dignifying of the occupation of each Rotarian as affording him an opportunity to serve society.

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4th: To create, adopt and preserve an emblem, badge, or other insignia of International Rotary for the exclusive use and benefit of all Rotarians.

(No change was made in the objects for a Rotary Club.)

1919 - At the convention held in Salt Lake City in 1919, no change was made in the objects of the International Association but the second article of the standard constitution for a Rotary Club was amended to read as follows:-


To encourage and foster:

(a) High ethical standards in business and professions.

(b) The ideal of SERVICE as the basis of all worthy enterprise.

(c) The active interest of every Rotarian in the civic, commercial, social and moral

welfare of his community.

(d) The development of a broad acquaintanceship as an opportunity for service as well as an aid to success.

(e) The interchange of ideas, and of business methods as a means of increasing the efficiency and usefulness of Rotarians.

(f) The recognition of the worthiness of all legitimate occupations and the dignifying of the occupation of each Rotarian


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(f) has affording him an opportunity to serve society.

(Note: It will be observed that these objects for a Rotary Club consist of the third paragraph of the objects of the International Association as adopted in 1918.)

1921 - At the convention held in Edinburgh, in 1921, the fourth objects of the International Association was renumbered as the fifth object and a new fourth object was adopted, so that the objects were as follows:-

lst: To encourage, promote, and supervise · the organization of Rotary clubs in all commercial centers throughout the world.

2nd: To co-ordinate, standardize and generally direct the work and activities, other than local activities, of all affiliating Rotary Clubs.

3rd: To encourage and foster through its own activities and through the medium of affiliating Rotary clubs:

(a) High ethical standards in business and professions.

(b) The ideal of SERVICE as the basis of all worthy enterprise.

(c) The active interest of every Rotarian in the civic, commercial, social and moral welfare of his community.

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(d) The development of a broad acquaintanceship as an opportunity for service as well as an aid to success.

(e) The interchange of ideas and of business methods as a means of increasing the efficiency and usefulness of Rotarians.

(f) The recognition of the worthiness of all legitimate occupations and the dignifying of the occupation of each Rotarian as affording him an opportunity to serve society.

4th: To aid in the advancement of international peace and goodwill through a fellowship of business, and professional men of all nations united in the Rotary Ideal of Service.

5th: To create, adopt and preserve an emblem, badge, or other insignia of International Rotary for the exclusive use and benefit of all Rotarians.

1922 - At the convention held in Los Angeles in 1922~ the name of the Organization was changed to Rotary International and the objects were revised to read as follows:-

The objects of Rotary are to encourage and foster:

1. The ideal of SERVICE as the basis of all worthy enterprise.

2. High ethical standards in business and professions.


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3. The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his personal, business and community life.

4. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service.

5. The recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his occupation as an opportunity to serve society.

6. The advancement of understanding, goodwill and international peace through a world fellowship of business and professional men united in the Rotary ideal of service.

(At this convention - Los Angeles, 1922 - the same objects were adopted for a Rotary Club as for the International organization, the introductory phrase reading: "To encourage and foster,").

1927 - the convention held in 0stend, the word "Rotary" was deleted from the 6th object, making it to read as follows:

6. The advancement of understanding, goodwill and international peace through a world fellowship of business and professional men united in the ideal of service.

1935 - At the 1935 convention held in Mexico City, Mexico, the six objects of Rotary were restated as four objects, thus showing the direct relationship between the objects of Rotary and the Aims and Objects

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Plan. Practically the same text appearing in the former six objects now appears in
the Four Objects.

The new preamble statement is the former preamble and object one with the substitution of the word "a" for "the" before "basis" and the deletion of the word "all" before "worthy".

Former object four becomes object one: Objects two and five were combined into object two. Object three remains as object three and the former sixth object with the relocation of the word "international" becomes object four.

The restatement is as follows:-

The objects of Rotary are to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

2. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

3. The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his personal, business and community life;


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4. The advancement of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional men united in the ideal of service.

At the Atlantic City convention in May 1951, by Convention action, it was decided that in the future Rotary would have one Object in place of four, and that the wording would be exactly the same. It will read as heretofore except instead of stating "the Objects of Rotary are to encourage, etc. etc." it will read, "The Object of Rotary is", with the wording exactly the same.


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In 1917 the Rotary Club of Kewaunee, Ill. was formed and those in charge approached Mr. E. E. Baker a leading citizen and head of the well known Kewaunee Boiler Co. and he was invited to join. Mr. Baker was not interested and this was regretted by the Committee. The club proceeded with its formation and had a successful start.

A year or so later Mr. Baker was again asked to join and once more he said no without any discussion. The club decided to carry on without its top citizen. Some years later Mr. Baker was visiting his Omaha branch and at 12 noon his manager said, "This is Rotary day and I must go, will you join me?" His first impulse was to say "no" but he decided to go along. It must have been a big day


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MERRITT BAKER, Kewaunee, Ill. (Cont’d.)

at the Omaha club because Mr. Baker returned to Kewaunee with a new opinion of Rotary. He called the club President and told him that if the offer of a place in the club was still open, he would be pleased to join. He became an ardent Rotarian and served his club as President for three years in succession, which, was and is unknown in Rotary. Later he built a fine new house on the outskirts of the city and over his front door he installed a 30 inch Rotary wheel with coloured lights. He wanted the world to know he was a Rotarian; in his will he left a million dollars for boy and girt work in his county. He had presented a hard exterior prior to joining Rotary but inside he had always been sound. Rotary drew him out. (J.A.C.)

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The first paragraph in "Adventure in Service" reads: "Welcome to the fellowship of our club. We want to know you better. We want you to know us better."


Do we do everything possible to get to know him?

Do we do something for a new member which will make him want to know us better?

It isn’t necessary to itemize what should be done. It’s only common sense.


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By. J.A.C. - Dec. 8th, 1950.

Rotary was founded in Scotland in 1912 - in Hawaii in 1915 - Cuba 1916.

Havana, Cuba was the first club organized outside the English speaking countries.

Rotary was established in Uruguay in 1918 - in the Philippines, China, Panama, India and Argentina in 1919.

Spain in 1920 - South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, France, Mexico, Peru, Denmark and Newfoundland in 1921.

In 1921 an interesting event occurred when the Rotary Club of York, England was granted Charter #l,000. Club #100 was at Phoenix, Arizona in the year 1914. The establishment therefore of 900 new clubs between 1914 and 1921 was an outstanding achievement.

As a matter of fact the establishment of 1,000 Rotary Clubs between the years commencing with February 23rd, 1905 up until 1921, was a truly remarkable accomplishment and exceeded the most optimistic dreams of the men who started Chicago #1.

The Rotary Club of Shanghai, China had, at one time, in it's membership 38 Americans,

33 Chinese, 19 British, 8 Japanese, 4 Germans, 3 French, 1 Australian, 1 Bulgarian, 1 Canadian, 1 Dane, 1 Pole and 1 Russian. I wonder if anything like that had ever existed in the world before.

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Down in South America, high in the Andes, close to the border between Argentina and

Chile stands a beautiful monument known as "Christ of the Andes". This beautiful monument, which is a symbol of peace and has inscribed on it’s base, "Service Above Self", was erected by Rotarians from Argentina and Chile. When we remember how bitter the enmity was between these countries for a long time, surely this monument is an achievement worth more than passing mention.

We know, of course, that Rotary was established in Canada in 1910, and in the British Isles in 1911.

The first issue of The Rotarian was in January 1911. This was before the National Board had given the authorization to publish a magazine. As already reported, Ches. Perry paid the deficit on this first issue out of his own pocket. He was later reimbursed by the National Association of Rotary Clubs. This occurred when The Rotarian was made the official organ of Rotary at the Portland convention held in August 1911. Ches. Perry was the editor of the magazine from its inception until 1927. It was first known as The National Rotarian, but in 1912, when Rotary became "International", the name was changed to "The Rotarian". In 1933 the Spanish edition, known as "The Revista Rotaria" was established.

In 1933 Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor of the Chicago club wrote the "Four Way Test." It reads as follows:-


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"Is it the truth? Is it Fair to all Concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendship? Will it be beneficial to all concerned?"

The story of this is written on page 35 of that fine little book "Adventure in Service". The four way test is a guide to Rotarians in deciding whether their actions – personal, professional, or in bsiness, are in keeping with Rotary principles.

"Sunshine School" was established by the Rotary Club of San Francisco in 1924. Later it was adopted by the city schools, and in 1929 by California State Law. By this act Rotary's club #2 made an important move in the great humanitarian work of helping crippled children.

Crippled childrens' work really began in the Rotary Club of Syracuse, N.Y., in 1913,

In 1919 the Rotary club of Elyria, Ohio started the movement in a big way. This move by the Elyria club gave that dearly beloved Rotarian "Daddy Allen" his great opportunity in crippled childrens’ work.

Boys Week originated with the Rotary Club of New York in 1920.

We could go on indefinitely writing history about worthy moves by Rotary Clubs the world over.

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The clinic for chest ailments, built by the Rotary Club of Vancouver in the early days, proved to be a highly successful venture.

In our own Toronto club we can take pleasure in recalling the part played in establishing the Community Chest movement in Toronto; our well known Bolton Fresh Air Camp; and the Bowmanville Boys' School. The Toronto club also deserves special mention for its help to the Hospital for Sick Children; also in its work with and for crippled children and Old Folks Day which we look forward to each year on the Friday before Christmas,


In 1918 the Flu epidemic hit Vancouver very hard. Hundreds of children were left without parents or homes. The Rotary Club went into action. In its membership was a rich man who enjoyed Rotary Fellowship but who had never done anything for the club except to hand over a cheque when needed. Now he was tested by being asked to look after three orphan children. It was the price of his membership. His first reaction was anger. Next day he agreed. He did a great job for the children. He did more for himself as he became a new man and an active worker for Rotary. Later he was made club President. He had discovered "The Joy from Personal Service".


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OCTOBER 31, 1951.

Owing to the classification rules of Rotary, young men in Great Britain and Ireland found themselves "out in the cold".

Louis Marchesi, a Rotarian under 40 years of age, and a member of the Norwich Club, provided the answer. On March 14th, 1927 he called together a group of the younger men of Norwich to discuss the formation of a classification and service club for men under forty. They decided the organization would be called "The Round Table". There was some vague suggestion of identity with the chivalry of King Arthur's Knights. The adoption of this name was prompted by a speech made by the Prince of Wales when he was opening the British Industries Fair in 1927. He suggested that the young men of the country must get together around the table, and adopt methods that had proved so sound in the past. They must adapt themselves to the chancing needs of the time and, whenever possible, improve them.

The young men who started The Round Table chose three words- "Adopt, Adapt, Improve" as their motto, and after a few years surrounded their circular badge with a replica Of the legendary King Arthur.

In May 1928 a clergyman from the Rotary Club of Halifax, England, the Rev. J. L. Hines, read to the annual conference of R.I.B.I. a paper on "What can Rotary do for the Younger Generation". The 1914 war, he said, had claimed the ripe manhood of its day and left us with a generation of children. These had become the manhood

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of 1928. He deplored Rotary's attitude of detachment to them, and urged the establishment sent of a junior affiliated society to Rotary throughout Britain. Louis Marchesi, who spoke next, surprised the former speaker, and nearly everyone else in the room, when he announced the existence of the Norwich Round Table, which now had 96 members. Portsmouth also had a Round Table and they had a membership of 80. An early reluctance in the new movement to accept any status as a kind of "junior Rotary Club Movement" appeared in Marchesi’s assurance to the assembled Rotarians that the Round Table Movement asked only one thing of Rotary - It's interest in the furtherance of the spirit of service. This Conference resolved to foster the promotion, wherever possible, of clubs of your business or professional men on lines similar to those actuating the Norwich Round Table Club.

A fortnight later, on May 25th, 1928, the National Association of Round Tables of Great Britain and Ireland was formed in England at a meeting held at Rotary headquarters in London. This is rather remarkable because only two such clubs were in existence. These men, however, believed in the future of the movement. On October 4th of the same year six clubs were in existence, and in December1949 there were, in G. B. and I., 227 Round Table Clubs, with 6,500 members. This compares with Rotary's 668 clubs and 30,000 members.

Many men are members, of both clubs.

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promoting the development of this new and junior organization. At the 1929 Conference this organization was likened, in relationship, to that of "father and son", referring of course to Rotary and the junior Round Table. There is now what is known as Round Table International, established in 1947, with clubs in Europe and South Africa; their association, however, is voluntary and ideological, and not administrative. The International organization does not have a Constitution, but it works through the World Council of Young Men's Service Clubs, and in Canada with the Kinsmen's Clubs; in the United States with the Twenty-Thirty Clubs; in Mexico with the Active Clubs; and in Australia the Apex Clubs.

Classification rules are not as strict as they are in Rotary. A man must be between 18 and 40, and be actually engaged in a business or profession, and in this the rules are exactly the same as in Rotary. A man must maintain a 50 percent attendance and meetings are held semi-monthly. The Objects are:

1. To develop the acquaintance of young men through the medium of their profession and business occupations.

2. To emphasize the fact that one's calling offers an excellent medium of service to the Community.

3. To cultivate the highest ideals in business, profession and civic traditions.

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4. To recognize the worthiness of all legitimate occupations, and to dignify each his own by precept and example.

5. To further the establishment of peace and goodwill in international relationships.

6. To further the above Objects by meetings, lectures, discussions, and other activities.

Since a member must drop out on March 31st following his 40th birthday, it was only natural that these ex-members should form some sort of an organization, and at Liverpool, in 1937, they formed what was known as "41-clubs", or "Ex-Tablers’ Clubs". By December 1949 there were eighteen of these known as the National Association of Ex-Tabler Clubs.

Like Rotary, the wives of Round Table members wanted a similar organization and they formed what is known as the "Ladies' Circle" in 1933. The first two were in Manchester and Bournemouth. This was followed in 1949 by the establishment of the National Association of Ladies’ Circles with 37 affiliated groups.

These ladies groups have discussed the interesting question of whether they also must resign the March 31st following their 40th birthday. No decision was made because enforcing this rule would be a very delicate matter.


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From: Page 62 - The Rotarian - January 1963

Canada’s zones from which R.I. Director from Canada will be chosen:

Ontario-West of Ontario-East of Ontario

1962 - East of Ontario.

1964 - West of Ontario.

1966 - Ontario.

The Board adopted the following statement of Fundamental Characteristics of Rotary to supersede any previous statement on the subject -



1. Rotary is concerned with the development, encouragement, and fostering of understanding, goodwill, and peaceful-relations among people throughout the world based upon the ideal of service.

2. Rotary is a world fellowship of business and professional men banded together in Rotary Clubs for the purpose of encouraging the practical application of the ideal of service both individually and collectively - with emphasis on the individual.

3. A Rotary Club selects its members on a basis of classification in accordance with the nature and place of the individual's business or professional activities.

4. Attendance at regular Club meetings is required at least on a stated minimum for the continuance of membership so that acquaintance may be developed as a first step toward lasting friendships.

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5. Rotary Clubs provide members with opportunities to develop an appreciation of and a desire to practice and exemplify high ethical standards in their personal and business or professional activities.

6. The religious and political beliefs of a Rotarian are regarded as being his own concern. A Rotarian is expected to be faithful to his religion and loyal to his citizenship.

The Board also adopted the following statement of the basic policy of Rotary International:-


1. First in order of importance is the advancement of the Object of Rotary by the individual Rotarian.

2. The administration of Rotary International is important only in so far as it advances the Object of Rotary through the application of the ideal of service by member Clubs and individual Rotarians.

3. A fundamental principle underlying the administration of Rotary International is the substantial autonomy 0f the member Rotary Clubs.

4. The constitutional and procedural restrictions on administration are kept to the minimum necessary to preserve the fundamental and unique features of Rotary. Within that provision there is


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4. the maximum flexibility in interpretation and implementation of Rotary International policy, especially at the local level.

5. The advancement of the ideal of international understanding, goodwill, and peace through Rotary requires general recognition of the vital importance of preserving and promoting the international fellowship of member Clubs throughout the world, based not upon the grouping of Clubs in national and regional areas, but upon the direct relationship and common responsibility of the member Clubs to Rotary International.


The Board recommended to Rotary Clubs:-

1. that the Club Rotary Information Committee be elevated to a position of major importance, with enlarged and greater coordinating responsibility and with a continuing responsibility and provide Rotary information to the entire Club membership, and that emphasis be placed upon the appointment to the Club Rotary Information Committee of the best qualified men available;

2.  that Clubs periodically throughout the year hold regular meetings devoted to a discussion of Club business and activity and club affairs.

The Board also decided that no member should serve on a committee for more than two consecutive years.

(COMMENT - In this action the Board no doubt had in mind the great number of small clubs, This plan could not work in the Toronto Club. J.A.C.)

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1. Speak to people - there is nothing as nice as a cheerful word of greeting.

2. Smile at people- it takes 72 muscles to frown; only 14 to smile.

3. Call people by name - the sweetest music to anyone's ear is the sound of their name.

4. Be friendly and helpful - if you would have friends, be friendly.

5. Be cordial - speak and act as if everything you do is a genuine pleasure.

6. Be genuinely interested in people - you can like everybody if you try.

7. Be generous, with praise - cautious with criticism.

8. Be considerate of the feelings of others - it will be appreciated.

9. Be thoughtful of the opinions of others - there are three sides to a controversy; yours, the other fellow’s, and the right one.

10. Be alert to give service - what counts most in life is what we do for ether.

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From: The Clipsheet – March, 1963.

If the human race is to survive, then we must in the course of events, look to understanding among men. Where else can so much be done except through Rotary?

We live today in an area of challenges, so full of diversity and complications that it makes each human being stop and ponder. Through the past centuries, the human race has shown great strides in all achievements of endeavor, yet we stand weakened by the progress of mankind. Today we are on the brink of complete destruction of man. Why does it all have to happen, when so much has been done to provide a better life for all, yet, within the flock of a finger, all could be lost.

Rotary provides the answer through fellowship and understanding and the brotherhood of man. We need the spirit of togetherness, not the opposite view.

We must, in this world of confusion and turmoil become a society of one, all working for the common good of brotherhood among men and nations. If we do not do this, we shall go down the path of complete chaos and total destruction. This starts in the individual and then (spreads) to all nations.

- The Jacksonian, the Rotary Club of Jackson, Missouri, U.S.A.

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From: The Clipsheet - March, 1963.

If a member resigns from our club, does it mean he tried us and found us wanting? I wonder if we older members have been too busy pursuing our own personal interests to pause and exchange a cheery word of greeting with some of the newer members, or some of the older ones who don't mix too readily. True fellowship is like marriage. Everyone concerned must meet the other follow more than half way to make it work. Let’s make sure no one resigns because he feels he's not wanted.

-- The Log, the Rotary Club of Everett, Washington, U.S.A.



Make Rotary your hobby, read its literature, learn its philosophy and live it; lose yourself in unselfish service and you will find yourself enjoying greater happiness.

Rotary demands some sacrifice, some investment of self, but unlike many other investment, it has never stopped paying dividends.

Rotary is not just a state of mind, it is a field of action.

Rotary is not a four-wheeled vehicle, and as such cannot function smoothly if one wheel is missing. These four wheels are fellowship, service, high ethical standards and world mindedness.

Paul Kelly, Jr., Hughes, Okla. via "The Scandal Sheet"

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From - The Rotarian - Feb. 1963.


Sweden takes great pride in Gustav VI Adolf, a King most democratic. Recently two days after his 80th birthday, he dropped in on the Rotary Club of Stockholm, as he does every so often, for in Sweden, as in Malaya, Greece, Iran, and Thailand, the monarch of the country is also officially "Patron of Rotary." The remarks below are from a brief talk he gave at that time. As a living symbol of his nation, he spoke on behalf of all Swedes to all the 10,086 members of the 224 Rotary Clubs of Sweden, recognizing that Rotary's service ideal is not a secret possession of Rotarians, it is meant to be shared with all.


I am 100 percent with the Rotary movement in the efforts to put service above self.

I believe that if this principle were accepted and practiced generally, things would look quite different in our strife-torn world, particularly during the last half century. Rotary cannot do more than make a modest contribution in the matter, but this modest contribution should be made fully and completely, and I believe that the Swedish Rotary Clubs are setting a good example. One can never emphasize too strongly the fact that it is not enough to think of this principle of "Service above Self" only when we sit at our lunches and dinners, but we must practice it in our lives, and through our example and through our influence on others we must, in a suitable way, of course, get them also to follow this rule. In this way we can to a small degree contribute to a better world; we should be glad about this and should do it with all our strength.


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OF MARCH 27th, 1963.

Dr. Crawford C. McCullough died yesterday in his 85th year. He was one of the men who had major roles in the dramatic transformation of N.W. Ontario from an isolated, neglected area into a vibrant and vital part of Canada. In this list none will have a more prominent place than Crawford McCullough. He was with the founders of the Associated Chambers of Commerce of N.W. Ontario. He assisted in the organization of the Thunder Bay Flying Club. Was chairman of the local squadron of Air Cadet Training. He was a Rotary Charter member of the Ft. William-Port Arthur club in 1916. Later, in 1921-1922 he was International President of that worldwide organization. He served as President of the Ft. William Chamber of Commerce. He made history in his medical field which was Eye, Ear, Nose and Throat. Born at Gananoque, Ont. April 30th, 1878, he graduated at Queens and interned at New York and Boston hospitals. He started practice in Fort William in 1906. He took post graduate work at London, Paris, Vienna, Berlin, Freiburg and Zurich. He served two, two year terms as President of Thunder Bay Medical Society. Was a member of both Ontario and Canadian Medical Associations. In 1920 he became a Fellow of The American College of Surgeons and in 1935 a Fellow of The Royal Canadian College of Surgeons. He served his local community and the world at large.

Note - Also see page R 16.

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The Rotarian - October 1962.

R. L. Soni, Rotarian- Physician,

Mandalay, Burma.

Rotary has been a splendid influence in the world. It has been the cause of not a little happiness in the human family. Much though it has accomplished, it has yet to play a role of tremendous importance in a world given to atomic power and outer space. For while science and technology are the begetters of knowledge, Rotary is the promoter of practical wisdom in human dealings in personal, vocational, social, and international spheres. It is this wisdom which is the need of the hour, when the world is at one of the most difficult crossroads of history. We have much to look to and gain from Rotary at thin juncture. By endeavoring to wean man of his egoistic trends, Rotary raises him to his real stature. Only individuals with such ideals shall be able to make the world a safe place in which to live.

-- From a Rotary Club address.

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The Rotarian- October 1962.

Thomas L. Clarke, Rotarian,

Justice of the Peace,

Brown City, Michigan.

While science is devoted to the war against germs and microbes, producing polio, cancer, and other diseases of the body, it is our job to be engaged in the service of eradicating the germs of selfishness and cruel hate from the minds of men.

While science is inventing new and strange vehicles, causing more traffic jams in the world and problems in space, it is your job and mine to help get the world out of the jam that it is in. Our job is not to reach the moon, but to reach the hearts and minds of hearts with the fact that Service Above Self will bring happiness to many and that the universal fellowship of all men will bring peace to the world.

-- From a Rotary Club address

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The Rotarian - October 1962.

Jordan E. Dunaway, Rotarian,


Hawthorne, California.

Rotary is in a position to understand the needs of man, and to fill a niche in his life that no other organization or institution can fill. But Rotary can only do this if it keeps step. We recognize that God is first in the lives of men if we are to exist. Rotary has taken and will continue to take the next most important place in the lives of mankind. Why will Rotary continue to play such an important part? I believe it is because it stands for the right, coupled with ethics, standards, and service above self. It cannot fail if it does not, through adamant or indifferent attitude, take too much time of the modern man in a fast-moving world. Rotary must recognize that when it was organized 57 years ago, man was hungry for clubs, fellowship, business, any meeting that would bring him closer to his fellowman. Paul Harris, Founder of Rotary, whom it was my privilege to know, organized Rotary because he was seeking fellowship. He was lonesome in a big city. This is not true today. Think of the many clubs and organizations today. Think of the many clubs and organizations today. Think of the thousands of calls modern man receives asking for his time. We must consider that Rotary is at the crossroads in bidding for the man's time. Yes, we need to streamline Rotary, and we need to do it quickly.

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ON MARCH 26th, 1963.

The real strength of Rotary International is not in its physical organization, necessary though that is to insure collective cohesion and purposeful effort of all Rotarians in whatever part of the world.

Rotary could not have captured the imagination and maintained the loyalty of business and professional men in their thousands the world around unless her ideals were founded on eternal truth. Rotary has taken a few age-old but attainable ideals, a sound philosophy of the purpose of life and the great truth that man's happiness is only won as he gives of himself. Upon this base she has built a structure not so much material as of the spirit. Therein is the real strength of Rotary.

The force which puts and keeps Rotary in action is the manpower within the unit clubs which together comprise and are Rotary International.

Rotary then is exactly what you and I make it. Rotary will endure and go on to new heights of fellowship and service so long as the individual club member lives and honours Rotary’s ideals and objectives.

Dr. Crawford C. Mc Cullough,

Past. Pres. of Rotary International

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The Rotarian - December 1962

Pleas of "I didn't know" by juvenile offenders are headed for a decrease in many California cities, thanks to the efforts of two Rotary Clubs to inform young people and their parents about the law as its affects minors and juveniles. Two booklets -- A Guide for Parents and Youth, published by the Rotary Club of Berkeley, and A Guide for Youth, financed and distributed by the Rotary Club of Pacific Grove -- are aimed at keeping children out of trouble by giving them a clear idea of what constitutes trouble in the eyes of the law. Besides spelling out the law for youngsters, the book deals with the duties of parents in helping their children stay clear of trouble. Written with the assistance of local law enforcement agencies, the booklets stress the idea that co-operation between children, parents, and police officers is an important step toward reducing juvenile offenses.

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The Rotarian - December 1962.

"Habit is a shirt made of iron," goes an old proverb, and the Rotary Club of Thomson, Ga., has a scheme to make sure this is one kind of its members do not wear. Until recently the Club had a problem in common with many other Clubs - - members sat at the same tables week after week. Club officer felt that this was more out of habit than choice, and that perhaps breaking the habit would inject a good deal more fellowship into weekly meetings. Now they have an old-time clock rack at the door of their meeting place. Each card bears a table number hidden from view in the rack. As a member enters the room, he takes a card and sits at the table indicated by the number. Numbers are shuffled weekly and the men are kept moving around the room. If a table is filled owing to a visitor or two (visitors receive no number), a member having a number but no chair sits at an overflow table. The plan has been in operation for more than a year and the club has yet to catch a member wearing that "iron shirt."

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By: Roe Remington- Estes Park, Colorado

In: "The Spoke"

Vocational service is YOU.

In YOUR office or store,

Serving your fellow men

To the best of your ability.

It is YOUR pride in YOUR job.




From: Cleveland "Rotary Reminder"

Many times the query is heard from new Rotarians and non-Rotarians of why Rotary stipulates that membership in a club must be limited to one man from each classification, with, of course, one additional active member.

One of the principal reasons for this limitation is that it enables the club to be a true cross-section of the industrial and professional life of the city or community, thereby preventing the club from being dominated by any one business group or industry, or from becoming too unwieldy.

In addition, acquaintanceships that ripen into friendships are based on a diversity of interest instead of similarity, thereby broadening the scope of the members.

Singleness of classification allows the member more freedom in presenting a vocat-

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ional program than would be possible were a competitor present who is a member of the club.

This all tends to make membership in the club more valuable and particularly so when the member realizes that he is representing his particular industry or profession in the club. He is reminded that he carries the responsibility of bringing to the club the unusual or special aspects of his business; as a Rotarian he is expected to do so.

In return, each club member should understand that he is the public relations man from his Rotary Club to his industry or profession. Sometimes we hear a Rotarian ask, "What can I do, as au individual, for my club?" The answer to that question is that each member should consider himself a committee of one to constantly help in any way possible to bring his business and the members of his Rotary Club into the very best understanding of each other.

That is why a Rotary Club should have in its membership one representative or every recognized business or profession in the community in conformity with the principles laid down in our Club Constitution.

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From: "Rotarygram" – Schenectady

Large numbers of Rotarians who are of some prominence in their fields of endeavour have long-standing records of perfect attendance at their clubs. How do they do it? By regarding the Rotary meeting as a personal engagement with men they want to know better. Why do they do it? Because there is no such thing as absent treatment in such personal things as fellowship and inspiration. They realize that absence is negative and attendance is positive. The only way to secure the benefits of a Rotary meeting is to be there



By: Percy Turner, Past Dist. Gov.,

Charlottetown, P.E.I. – Canada

When we hear a Rotarian say he is too busy to attend meetings or attend to some work he has been called upon to do, we cannot but wonder if he thinks Rotarians are a bunch of loafers. If you are thinking along these lines, let us remind you your "think engine" is not working right. You were elected to membership because you are a busy man, perhaps the busiest man in your line of business. If you are too busy to lunch once a week with other busy men, - if you do not feel it is an honour and a privilege and a pleasure to be associated with the representative business men of your city, - if you do not consider it a pleasure and a privilege to do your part in the splendid work Rotarians are doing – brother you are wrong. The question for each Rotarian to

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answer is not "What can Rotary do for me?" not, "What am I doing for Rotary"? There is an "L" of a difference between an idea and an idealget the Rotary ideal.

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From: - Bowmanville "Blue & Gold News"

When the average man becomes thoroughly acquainted with himself, he ceases to wonder why he has not more friends. He will know this is dangerous because success in any field of endeavour is assured by the goodwill that comes from a large circle of cultivated friendships. How, then, would he make his business safe?

When he can shale hands with his competitor, and mean it.

When he can work hard in his business, and love it.

When he can advertise service and want to give it.

When he can agree upon a standard and stick to it.

When he can sense competition and not knock it.

When he can fight competition and still boost it.

When he can build a reputation and keep it.

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From- Schenectady "Rotarygram"

You have noticed the statement on the coupon of railroad tickets – "Not good if detached". The value of the coupon is determined by its relationship to the whole ticket. How well this applies to the individual Rotarian. If you become detached from actual relationship with your Club, you of course, lose all touch with the work of the Club, and miss entirely, the true purpose and mission of Rotary. If you feel you are a detached Rotarian, why not ask yourself these questions:

1. What have I done within the last six months that has been of benefit to Rotary?

2. What would become of Rotary if every member had done exactly as I have done?

3. How many times have I been absent that I could have been present or made up my attendance, had I made an effort to do so?

4. Am I in partnership with the rest of the members in running the business of the Club?

5. Is it right for someone else to do all the work and I expect equal share of the benefit and satisfaction?

It’s not too late to redeem your detached feeling - get a new whole ticket, and strive sincerely to become a live wide-awake, active Rotarian. This is the only way that Rotary ideals can be developed in the individual and his opportunity for service thereby widened and increased.

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Author - Unknown.

"What is Rotary"? is a common question of the street.

Rotary is a mode of associated living of business and professional men bound together by fundamental, ethical principles for the enrichment of life. Rotary is a philosophy of life interpreting reality in terms of human relationships built upon those ethical principles which improve social and economic conditions.

Rotary is a fellowship of kindred souls united for the purpose of enlarging the social bonds of fraternalism and brotherhood so as to create a finer social order of equality and peace.

Rotary is an attitude of mind which abhors narrowness or intolerance, rises above any superiority complex of national and racial bigotry, and shares graciously the mind of others.

Rotary is an enlargement of the heart, the outreach of which is capable of enfolding all peoples of the earth in its breadth of sympathy and understanding.

Rotary is a dynamic force in the reconstruction period of world life, the object of which is international goodwill and world friendship.

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From- The Independence, Missouri

Rotator- 1950.

He stayed at his work on Rotary Day

And thought, in the end that it would pay.

He sharpened his pencil, and answered the phone

He scolded a clerk, and felt quite alone,

Because in his secret thoughts, he knew

Nothing was gained in that hour or two, -

The day that he lost was Monday.


He ate his lunch, but he ate alone;

He lost a thought that would have grown

To high resolves and noble deeds,

That would help to meet the wide world’s needs,

And a visitor whom, to life's long end,

He would have been glad to have called his friend,

On the day that he lost Monday.


When you're absent on Rotary Day,

There are two losses, forever and aye;

You lose the time with friendly men,

A Loss you can never retrieve again!

And they lose you and your friendly smile.

Now think and see if that's worthwhile,

Before you lose a Monday.

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By: the late Canon Allan P. Shatford,

G. B. & I.

The spirit of Rotary is in the very essence of its soul. It is invisible, intangible, indefinable; but it is the most real thing about Rotary. It changes casual contacts into glowing friendships; transforms dull duties into inspiring privileges. The spirit of Rotary is like the gentle rain from Heaven. It cleans away selfishness, melts down barriers that separate men, dissolves discords into harmonies, changes competition into co-operation, reveals the beauty of life and the inherent nobilities of every man.



If you were not in the Rotary Club now, would your name pass the classification and membership committees and the Board of Directors, as well as the membership at large? In other words, after the membership knows you, do they believe that you are a good Rotarian? It’s quite a thought, and it should inspire us to do our best to be real members of Rotary.

From – "Rotary Humble" -Waverly, New York.

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This is, or was, a project about which very little is known by the present active Rotarian.

These Pacific Regional Conferences were held in order that leading Rotarians the world over could study conditions in the Pacific.

We give below the location of each Conference, the date, and the number of persons in attendance, as follows:-



Number in Attendance


Honolulu, Hawaii

May, 1926


Tokyo, Japan

Oct. 1928


Sydney, Australia

Mar. 1930


Honolulu, Hawaii

June 1935


Manila, P. I.

Feb. 1935


Wellington, N.Z.

Mar. 1937


These were very important Conferences and attended by leading Rotarians the world over. In most cases those in attendance paid all of their own expenses.

I am not prepared to express an opinion on what value came out of these Conferences. It would be difficult to do so considering what happened in the Pacific only 4 l/2 years after this lest Conference was held.

It may be, however, that seeds were sown in the minds of honest, great thinking Rotarians in Japan and other far Eastern countries, and that these seeds may still bear worthwhile fruit.

NOTE-The above was written on Dec. 18, 1951.

More to follow. (J.A.C.)

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Sydney, Australia Nov. 1956




The Hague


Sept. 1930



Aug. 1933



Sept. 1935



Sept. 1938



Sept. 1954



Sept. 1959


-The Netherlands

Sept. 1965





Mar. 1936



Nov. 1960



Havana - Cuba Mar. 1937



Penang - Straits Settlement Apr.1938



Delhi- India Nov. 1958

In 1964 the name of these Conferences was changed to "International Conferences".

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San Juan, Puerto Rico - Nov. 9-12, 1966

Montevideo, Uruguay - Dec. 4-9, 1969

Rome, Italy- Nov. 12-15, 1970


Also see Book 2, Page 06

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The Code of Ethics was originally adopted at the 1915 Convention held at San Francisco.

There was some criticism of this Code of Ethics and the 1927-28 Board agreed with the Aims and Objects Committee that the wording of the Code of Ethics could be improved and appointed a Committee on Revision.

The 1928-29 Board agreed that it would be best to give emphasis to the four Objects of Rotary rather than to the Code of Ethics.

The 1931-32 Board agreed to continue publishing the Code of Ethics in the Manual of Procedure but to give the Code no special circulation or general publicity, and since that time not much has been done or said about Rotary’s Code of Ethics.

Certain religious denominations felt that the teaching of ethics should be left to the church, and as different words and phrase carry different meanings in different countries, it was felt that no good could be done by continuing to stress Rotary’s Code. (J.A.C.)

FOOTNOTE: The 1951-52 Board of Rotary International decided to cease publishing the Rotary Code of Ethics. See page 167 of the 1962 Manual of Procedure. (J.A.C.)

Also see Book 1 – Pages 67-70

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Each board member of R.I. has specific responsibilities. When I served on the Board in 1927-29 I had the dubious pleasure of looking after all the weak clubs in the U.S., Canada and Newfoundland. I received a copy of a letter sent by a southern Governor to R.I. and one sentence read, "There is a strained situation in the club now as one of the members shot the President’s father." I never heard the real story, but a few months later I attended that District Conference as the Board's representative. Margaret and I met a very attractive couple and later I learned he was the fellow who fired the shot. He was still in the Club.



This one was in Kentucky. One evening we were changing trains enroute to the

District Conference and I called the President’s home. He was in the hospital but I talked with his wife, She had not heard of the District Conference.

I asked her if her husband was President of the local Rotary club and she told me she did not know. A problem club and perhaps a problem wife!!


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From- "Rotary Oiler" - Cushing, Okla.

In every forest there are three groups of trees: the useful, fruitful and growing ones, the sucker-shoots and weaklings that will not be able to stand the rigours of nature and make an effort to grow up to the sun; and the deadwood, dead either from having exhausted the span of life or dead from top blight.

In every Rotary Club there are the same groups: those members who take an active part in the machinery of the Club, who strive to keep the ball rolling, who carry out their assignments on committees and projects; those who are riding along on the efforts of their fellow-members, and who will not carry their share of the burdens, but who will condescend to occasionally come to lunch; those whose interest in the spirit of Rotary has died.

Nature will care for the weeding out of the trees that no longer fit into her category; the weaklings will shrivel and die; and the devitalized trees will crash from termites, decay or storm. But what of so-called Rotarians: Attendance will finally weed out the weakling who rides on the other fellow's efforts, while the deadwood’s conscience will ultimately get him and cause him to either resign or rejuvenate himself with the real spirit of Rotary.


Past District Gov. Ira E. Woods -

"Two things are certain: your club cannot be much better than its attendance record for

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long; and the interest of the individual Rotarian cannot be much better than his own attendance record.


From: - Toronto Voice – 1950

Some members attend regularly because they are interested in Rotary; some members attend because they are interested in some particular program; some members attend because they have got to eat somewhere. The first object of Rotary stresses attendance as a means of acquaintance and an avenue to friendship and fellowship. Attendance for the sake of 100% is not a true measure of Rotary interest.

You are a member of a Club because of your classification, and you hold that classification only so long as you maintain an apparent interest in the club by attending 60% or more of the regular meetings. You are allowed 40% absences from the total number of meetings in any half-year, but, if you take these absences merely because you are allowed to, our Rotary programme must be too weak to keep you interested. Your own business succeeds or fails because of many factors and one of these factors is your interest in your business. The failure or the success of Rotary is pretty much the same. Every classification granted by the Club ought to be represented every meeting if Rotary is to be a success.



By: John D. Rockefeller, Jr.

I believe in the dignity of labour, whether head or hand; that the world owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living. I believe in the supreme worth of the individual and in his right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. I believe that truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order.



From- Graham, Texas- "Scandal Sheet"

The most precious thing anyone can have is the good will of others. It is something as fragile as an orchid, and as beautiful. It is more precious than a gold nugget, and as hard to find. It is as powerful as a great turbine, and as hard to build. It is as wonderful as youth, and as hard to keep. It is an intangible something, this goodwill of others, yet more to be desired than much gold. It is the measure of a man's success and determines his usefulness in this life.


Progress always involves risk. You cannot steal second and keep one foot on first.

You can't leave footprints on the sands of time by sitting down.

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From: Miami, Florida "Rote"

In these days of higher costs on every material article, it might be wel1 if some of us listed all those things which have not gone up in price. What value do you place upon your wife's love or your children's affections? Now much would you charge for a warm friendly handclasp from a lifelong friend? Would you care to write a price tag on a beautiful spring day or the aroma of a well-browned Thanksgiving turkey reposing on your festive table, or on the twinkle in your youngest child's eye as he stands open-mouthed before his first Christmas tree? The esteem in which your neighbours hold you - is there any monetary consideration there? The goodwill which your company has built up over a period of years - what do you carry as its value on your balance sheet? That grand feeling of elation, the sense of pride and security that full home ownership gives - inflation can never touch that. The mercenary world attempts to set a price on everything. Thank God that they haven't completely succeeded.



Count your assets. If you have a clear conscience, and a good liver, if you have three good friends and a happy home, if your heart has kept its youth and your soul its honesty - then you are one of life’s millionaires. (author unknown)

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Community Service is defined by Resolution No. 34 adopted in 1923, the principal recommendations of which are:-

1. A Rotary Club should not engage in any general Community Service activity that requires for its success the support of the entire community. Rotarians should act through their Chamber of Commerce in activities of this character.

2. A Rotary Club should not endorse a project unless it is prepared to carry it through to completion.

3.  A Rotary Club should not engage in any activity or project that is already being well handled by some other agency.

4.  Activities that enlist the individual activities of all Rotarians are most in accord with the genius of Rotary.

Frost "Rotary Reminder" - Cleveland.



Author Unknown.

God wove a Web of loveliness

Of clouds and stars and birds,

But made nothing at all,

So beautiful as Mother's words.

They are as fair as bloom or air

They shine like every star,

And they are rich who learned from her

How beautiful they are.

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By: T. J. Cloutier, Regina.

I have to live with myself, and so

I want to be fit for myself to know;

I want to be able, as days go by,

Always to lock myself straight in the eye!

I don’t want to stand with the setting sun

And hate myself for the things I've done.

I don’t want to keep on a closet shelf

A lot of secrets about myself;

And fool myself, as I come and go

Into thinking that nobody else can know;

The kind of a man I really am;

I don’t want to dress myself in sham.

I want to go out with my head erect,

I want to deserve all men’s respect;

And hear in the struggle for fame and pelf

I want to be able to like myself.

I don’t want to look at myself and know

That I’m bluster and bluff and empty show.

I never can hide myself from me

I see what others may never see,

I know what others may never know;

I never can fool myself, and so,

Whatever happens, I want to be

Self-respecting and Conscience-free.

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By: Abraham Lincoln

"I can see how a man can look down upon the earth and be an atheist, but I cannot conceive how he could look up into the heavens and may there is no God".



The Board of R.I. has instructed the Secretary to issue annually the following statement:-

"It is assumed that the activities of a Rotary Club will always be such as to promote the highest regard for the organization on the part of both Rotarians and non-Rotarians. Therefore, it is expected that no Rotary Club will raise money by lotteries or raffles in a country where such activity is not looked upon with complete favour."



Author unknown.

Strangely enough the folks most apt to lend a hand to you are those who are really rushed with countless things to do. And should bad luck befall you and fortune smack you prone, the ones who'll always help you most have troubles of their own.

Folks whose sunny slant on life helps heal its smarts and stings, are those who know first-hand the rugged side of things; and he was right, it seems, who said, "Life is

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what you make it". Its not so much what happens as the way in which you take it.


By: Edgar A. Guest.

When you let to know a fellow,

Know his every mood and whim,

You begin to find the texture of the splendid side of him;

You begin to understand him,

And cease to scoff and sneer,

For with understanding always prejudices disappear.

You begin to find his virtues,

And his faults you cease to tell,

For you seldom hate a fellow when you know him very well.


By: Preston Bradley in "Courage for Today".

Too many people believe life is a crib from which they are privileged to feed. Out of it they demand clothing and food and money and power. That isn't living at all. Life is an altar, and the things that go on altars are sacrifices.


By: Dr. Albert Schweitzer.

"I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know; the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who will have sought and found how to serve".

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From: Windsor "Wheel"

Take time to work, it is the price of success,

Take time to think, it is the source of power.

Take time to read, it is the foundation of Wisdom.

Take time to pray and worship, it is the road to happiness.

Take time to play, it is the secret of perpetual youth.

Take time to dream, it is the hitching your wagon to a star.

Take time to look around life is too short to be selfish.

Take time to laugh, it is the music of the soul.

Take time to attend Rotary, it will be an inspiration to you and to the Club.



From: Hudson Rotary

Science has made the world a neighbourhood; only man can make it a brotherhood.


From Bushnell, Ill, "Bee"

The real measure of our wealth is how much we would be worth if we lost our money.


From: Graham, Texas "Scandal Sheet",

The measure of a man is the size of the thing it takes to get his goat

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By: Herbert Hoover,

"I have had. every honour to which any man could aspire. There is no place in the whole earth except here in America where all the sons of man could have this chance in life. I have worked in governments of free men, with tyrannies, with Socialists and with Communists. I have met with princes, kings, despots and desperadoes. I have seen the squalor of Asia, the frozen class barriers of Europe; and outstanding everywhere to these great masses of people there was a hallowed words: "America".

To them it was the hope of the world. Here alone are the open windows through which. pours the sunlight of the human spirit. Here alone is human dignity, not a dream but an accomplishment".



From: Sioux City - "Punch".

Sooner or later, a man, if he is wise, discovers that life is a mixture of good days and bad, victory and defeat, give and take.

He learns that it doesn't pay to be a sensitive soul that he should let some things go over his head like water off a duck’s back.


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He learns that he who loses his temper, usually loses;

He learns that all men have burnt toast for breakfast, now and then, and that he shouldn't take the other fellow's grouch too seriously.

He learns that carrying a chip on his shoulder is the easiest way to get into a fight.

He learns that the quickest way to become unpopular is to carry tales and gossip about others.

He learns that even the janitor is human, and that it doesn't do any harm to smile and say, "Good morning", even if it is raining.

He learns that most of the other fellows are as ambitious as he is, that they have brains that are as good or better, and that hard work and not cleverness is the secret of abiding success.

He learns that it doesn't matter so much who gets the credit so long as the deed is done right.

He comes to realize that the world would run along perfectly well without him.

He learns to sympathize with the young people because he remembers how bewildered he was when he first started out "on his own"

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He learns not to worry when he loses because experience has shown that if he gives his best, his average will break pretty well.

He learns that no man ever got to first base alone, and that it is only through co-operation that we move on to better things.

He learns that bosses are not monsters trying to get the last ounce of work out of him for the least amount of pay, but that they are usually fine men who have succeeded through hard work, and who want to do the right thing.

He learns that folks are not any harder to get along with in one place than another, and that "getting along" depends about 98 per cent on his own behaviour.

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It is always a pleasure to talk to New Members because they are eager to know something of Rotary.

Assuming our Membership and Classification Committee, and the Board, each carried out its obligation, you men were chosen from your business or profession because your classification was open and because, after looking carefully over the available material, it was decided you had within you the makings of a good Rotarian.

You are a member of the Rotary Club of Toronto now but perhaps it will be some time before you are a real Rotarian.

The late Dr. Crawford C. McCullough, one of our great International Presidents, over 40 years ago, in an address at one of our conventions, said, "If we can ever make 25% of our members real Rotarians we will have the most powerful organization in the world outside the Christian church". That may sound like as amazing statement but ponder it carefully.

As you, I hope, proudly wear the Rotary emblem in your lapel, always keep in mind that we are judged by what we do more than by what by what say.

When you were being chosen, not only your financial worth or your position in the business or professional life of the city was considered, but do you in your business and personal life try to live up to Rotary standards. Are you interested in and active in Church and Board of Trade and community

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service in one or more of its many fields?

Are you anxious to finally leave the world a little better than you found it? Are you interested in world and local problems which about everywhere in 1960?

In your own vocation will you now stop once in a while and ask yourself "Am I living Rotary at home and in my business?"

You are the only representative from your field and that carries a real responsibility. You will now be expected to carry back to your business or profession the ideals of Rotary.

Remember our two mottos - "He Profits Most Who Serves Best" and "Service Above Self". Both these fine phrases were first said by Rotary speakers at the National Association of Rotary Clubs Convention in Portland, Oregon in 1911.

The great men who founded Rotary and started it on its way, Paul P. Harris; Silvester Schiele; Harry Ruggles; Charlie Newton; Chesley Perry and Arthur Frederick Sheldon, were very wise men. No secret oaths or promises. A man had to be 21 and an owner or partner in a business or profession, and a descent citizen. Later the 21 year age limit was removed.

One from each business or profession was chosen in order to get a membership that would be a cross-section of the community.

Attendance was mandatory and a member's

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absence from four consecutive meetings may cost him his membership.

Fellowship was a foundation plank in Rotary from its early days.

Exchange of business was also featured but soon the men above mentioned all agreed that Community Service and not securing business from each other would allow a solid foundation to build on,

As you grow in Rotary and if you will study its origin and growth, you will be amazed and delighted at what has been done in our four avenues of service.

In your own business contacts daily you will have a fine opportunity to practice Vocational Service.

Rotary never was supposed to take the place of your church or lodge or Chamber of Commerce or your own business associations.

When you were interviewed by one or more senior members of this club you agreed to attend every meeting unless it was almost impossible, and to pay your dues promptly and take part in the club’s activities so far as your time and means would permit. You did not promise to support in a financial way every project this club may engage in. Rotary does not want you to unduly rob your family of your time or to cause you to lessen your aid to other worthy organizations.

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this club does not ask you to go out and preach Rotary to your friends but to conduct yourself in all your activities so that you will, by example, he strengthening Rotary in this city,

You, in your dues, are paying for The Rotarian. It is a fine monthly publication and you should read it carefully.

We ask you to wear the Rotary emblem in your lapel. The official emblem is the wheel with 24 cogs, six spokes and the Keeway. Any addition to this ceases to be the official emblem.

You were told you would be expected to be active on at least one of the club’s committees. Be careful to choose the one you will be most interested in.

As you progress in the club you will be asked to attend the club and perhaps the district assemblies. It is to be hoped you will attend your District Conference each year and also International Rotary Convention when time and means allow you to do so. Such attendance will broaden your knowledge of Rotary and widen your friendships.

Remember also, your wife was considered when you were processed for membership. She will enjoy attending the Inner Wheel which, since 1920, has been a very active part of our club. There will be several functions each year she will enjoy attending.

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On July 1st, 1960 (only a few days away) Rotary will have 269 Districts in 123 countries. Over 10,900 clubs and over 500,000 members.

All this from four men meeting in a very small office in Chicago on February 23rd, 1905. And all this without paid organizers.

Canada bas produced four Presidents for Rotary International.

After 15 years of active membership you can, at your own option, become a Senior Active member and then so long as you maintain 60% attendance and pay your dues, you are a life member no matter where you reside. When you become a Senior Active member, you no longer have any classification in Rotary.

I must warn you that the classification you now hold in this club is only loaned to you by the Board and may be recalled at any time for non attendance or non-payment of dues, or for conduct unbecoming a Rotarian.

Your business (when you hold active membership) must be within the territorial limits of this club.

If your Company pays your dues, that in no way gives the Company any claim whatever on the classification you now hold in this club.

No club in the Rotary world has a better plan of getting new members to know the other men in the club, but it is not a

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one-way street. You must do your part. In Rotary we say, "If you want to make friends you must be friendly".

Move around the room each Friday from table to table. Do not become part of a small group or clique no matter how much you may like to sit with and chat with a few special cronies.

Do not be a scooter! There are times when we all must leave early, but do not make it a habit.

When Toronto club is host to a District Conference or an International Convention or whenever there is a gathering of Rotarians with or without our Rotary ladies; you should not make up tables of close friends but reserve half your table for Rotarians from other clubs. This is Rotary. In many districts no table reservations are allowed so that fellowship and friendship may be developed.

You must not join any other strictly Service Club because no man can do justice to more than one.

No matter how much you enjoy Rotary or how keen you may be to get a friend into the Club, you may be to get a friends into the Club, you must never suggest to anyone that he should join Rotary. When you know someone who you are sure would make a good member just drop a note to our club Secretary, or call him on the

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‘phone and tell him about this fine fellow. Then just forget all about it until you hear from the Secretary. There is a correct way and a wrong way to handle these matters and improper handling can do much harm.

Rotary developed as no organization of its kind in all history did, and because "it was different". Let us remember that a proposed member’s business or profession must be not only recognized but also worthy.

If you are going on a trip, whether it be lent or short, be sure you get a copy of the official Rotary Directory from the Rotary office (50 cents) and make a club visit whenever and wherever you can. You will almost always receive a warm welcome and you may make a friendship you will treasure all your life.

If you miss a meeting of your own club you have 6 days before or 6 days after to make up. The responsibility to notify your own club secretary is yours even though the club you visit may assure you your attendance card will be sent in. The best of intentions sometimes fail. The club you visit has no responsibility to report your attendance.

The use of first names in Rotary is a custom of long standing but there is no written obligation, law or rule on this. It is just a friendly custom.

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Rotary is like everything else in that you will get out of it exactly in accordance with what you put in.

I feel sure you will never regret the decision to accept a loaned membership in this club.


P.S. - When you visit a club outside your own district, always present your membership card before signing the register. Even in Rotary we have imposters at times.

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Following are a few more items which should be told new members -

At the 1960 convention some changes were made in membership rules. More changes since 1960 and more are contemplated in '68. Effective July 1, 1964, when a member reaches the age of 65 and has been a club member for 5 years he automatically becomes a Senior Active Member. Also when a member reaches 60 and has been a member of one or more clubs for 10 years he may request to become a Senior Active Member and his request will be granted. When he has been a member 15 years he will automatically become a Senior Active Member.

Early in Rotary's history Harry Ruggles jumped up and said "Fellows, let's sing". He knew the story the speaker had started to tell was not the kind for a Rotary Club audience. The speaker was very angry but Ruggles had made it clear that shady stories were not for Rotary. The Club at Vincennes, Ind. had a by-law which said "no speaker may tell a story that could not be heard if all our wives were here." The Secretary stood up and read this by-law before the speaker was introduced.

A Rotary member is supposed to pay his dues when they are due.

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You do not belong to Rotary International, you belong to your club and your club is a member of R.I.

You do not belong to the Toronto Rotary Club but to The Rotary Club of Toronto.

You are told that a membership in your club allows you to visit any other club. This is not exactly correct as in times of stress such as during World War I and II, there were many clubs that would not welcome a member from an enemy nation.

If you are a member of the Rotary Club of Toronto and you are moved to Montreal your membership lapses as soon as your car, train or plane leaves the city limits of Toronto.

Toronto has had the R. I. convention 3 times. In 1924, 1942 and 1964. In 1964 there were 14,661 attended. This was beaten by only a dozen or so at the two conventions held in N.Y. but badly beaten in Tokyo in I961 and Los Angeles in 1962.

In the early days following the Huston convention in 1914 the Rotary ladies were referred to as Rotary Anns. This was because two prominent ladies, Ann Brunier of San Francisco and Ann Gundaker of Philadelphia were there. In 1920 the Layette Committee was organized in Toronto and in 1923 the Inner Wheel was organized in Britain. Toronto changed its name Layette Com. to The Inner Wheel

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in 1941. The Chicago Club organized their ladies in 1923. The Toronto Inner Wheel is today the oldest in the world.

Rotary International says "Lotteries should not be held in any country unless the laws of that country have legalized them".

The man chosen as Director from Canada each year is not the Canadian Director but the Director from Canada.

A man may be taken into any Rotary club if he is worthy. A business may be well known but not worthy. This is very important.

The standing of your club in your community is the combined standing of the individual members. Let us make sure that when we take in a new member the standing improves a little.

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