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 1
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Canada has sent many good men to Rotary International Board. In the early days, area Vice Presidents were not always Board Members. W. J. Clubb of Winnipeg, F. J. C. Menlove, Winnipeg and W. A. peace of Toronto were Canada's first area Vice-Presidents. Clubb came first in 1912-13 following the Duluth convention. Bill Peace of Toronto was the first in Eastern Canada, 1913-14 also 1914-15. In 1914-15 the West had W. S. Archibald of Winnipeg and Frank Higgins of Victoria. I never knew these men. Chas. Butcher of Halifax was also a Vice-President in 1914-15, so in that year, with Peace of Toronto, Canada had four vice-Presidents. Rev. E. Leslie Pidgeon of Vancouver (later Winnipeg and then Montreal) appears a a 3rd Vice-President and of course a Board Member in 1915-16 following the San Francisco convention. The next year again he was 3rd Vice-president; then in 1917-18 President and 1918-19 Immediate Past President. This gave him 4 consecutive years on the Board. In 1919-20, however, Canada had no one on the Board and that is the only year from 1912-13 this occurred. Now, of course, Canada elects a member the even no'd years who serves a two year term and with 3 zones it means each zone chooses a man every six years. In 1920-21 Dr. Crawford McCullough appears as 1st Vice-President and the following year as President. Then R. Jeffery Lydiatt in 1922-23 (Calgary). He contributed much to Rotary in Western Canada. John J. Gibson of Toronto followed in 1922-23. He was one at the few who made the Board without having served as District Governor. Then Vancouver's old "war horse" Alex R. McFarlane, who is
still going strong. C. J. Burchell (now Hon. C. J. Burchell) the Halifax lawyer and diplomat was a 3rd Vice-President in 1925-26. His partner, Layton Ralston (later the Rt. Ron. J. L Ralston, Minister of National Defense) had founded Rotary in Australia and New Zealand in 1921 along with Jim Davidson of Calgary. Jim Davidson of Calgary followed as 3rd Vice-President in 1926-27 and the following year started on his 2 years and 8 months tour of the world organizing Rotary at his own expense. Joe S. Royer of Quebec (the milkman) followed in 1927-28; the writer in 1928-29 followed by David M.Vright of Stratford in 1929-30; T. A. Torgeson (Torge) the nurseryman of Estevan, Sask. in 1930.31. John Nelson of Montreal (Sun life) became 3rd Vice-President in 1931-32 and President in 1933-34; Jim Beatty of Victoria in 1932-33; Ottawa contributed ex-Mayor J. J. Allen in 1933-34; Chas. E. Hunt, Newfoundland’s outstanding citizen in 1934-35; W. W. Emmerson, publisher, Winnipeg in 1935-36; then W. J. Cairns, Bell Telephone Co., Toronto in 1936-37; Percy B. Scurrah of Victoria in 1937-38; and W. R. Allen of Montreal in 1938-39; Geo. Spencer, "a bluenose" from Moncton in 1939-40; Albert Oulton, educationalist from Saskatoon 1940-41; followed by Arthur S. Fitzgerald, chartered accountant of Windsor as 3rd Vice-President in 1941-42; Ottawa again in 1942-43 by Norman G. Foster, then Harold W. McKiel of that noted town of Sackville N.B. in 1943-44. Harold also was 3rd Vice-President which seems almost to have been a Canadian reserved spot. Oliver C. McIntyre, box manufacturer of Edmonton followed, then Dr. Geoffrey A. Wheable of London, Ont. educationalist in 1945-46; Wm. R. Dowrey of
Vancouver in 1946-47 and Arthur Lagueux, that beloved French bond dealer from Quebec, followed in 1947-48 and later, in 1950-.51 . was drafted as president of R.I. Gordon E. Perdue of Oakville (fruit basket manufacturer) was next in 1948- 49 followed by a R.R. man, Thos. C. McNabb of St. John, N.B, in1949-50; next Wm. R. Macarthur an oil co. executive from Winnipeg 1950-51, followed by Gordon A. Beaton, an undertaker from Markdale, Ont, in 1951-52; next was Percy Tuner from Charlottetown, P.E.I. 1952-53. This was the first official from that grand little province. H. E. (Heo) Carrier of Saskatoon, once more from the field of education, was a man in 1953-54 and then a young lawyer from Pt. Credit, Ont., Ken Partridge, chosen in 1954 for the first two year term covering the period July 1, 1954 to June 30, 1956. Canada has provided four International Presidents: Rev. E. Leslie Pidgeon, Dr. Crawford C. McCullough, John Nelson and Arthur Lagueux. We are proud of them all and of their fine record of Rotary Service.
Everyone is worth listening to. Even the clock that does not run is correct twice each day .
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August 1961 - In the U.S. 87th Congress, out of 100 Senators there are 34 Rotary members and 54 in the House of Representatives. Also in 1961, out at the 50 states in U.S. 20 of the Governors are members of Rotary. Several have been club Presidents and three or four have been District Governors. Now, September 1961, Past International President Clinton Anderson and Luther Hodges are high in Washington government circles.
In 1960-61 - 354 new clubs. Of these 112 were in Asia. 71 in Europe, N. Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean , 18 in G. B .and Ireland, 44 in S. America, Mexico and Antillies, 66 in U.S., Canada and Bermuda and 43 in Australia, New Zealand and the rest of the world.
August 28th, 1961 - 11,027 clubs in 123 world areas and 511,500 Rotary members.
We build character by the bricks of habits that pile up day by day. Each seems but a little thing but before we are aware of it we have shaped the house we live in.
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W. S .Archibald Winnepeg Dir. 1914-15
Chas. N. Butcher Halifax Dir. 1914-15
Rev. E. L. Pidgeon Vancouver 3rd V.P.1915-16
Rev. E. L. Pidgeon Winnipeg 3rd V.P.1916-17
Rev. E. L. Pidgeon Winnipeg Pres. 1917-18
Rev. E. L. Pidgeon Winnipeg Imm. P. Pres. 1918-19
No Rep. from Canada 1919-20
Dr. C .C. McCullough Ft. William 1st V.P. 1920-21
Dr. C. C. McCullough Ft. William Pres. 1921-22
R. Jeffrey Lydiatt Calgary Dir. 1922-23
John J. Gilson Toronto Dir. 1923-24
A. R. McFarlane Vancouver Dir. 1924-25
C. J. Burchell Halifax 3rd V.P.1926-27
Jas. H. Davidson Calgary 3rd V.P.1927-28
Jos. S. Royer Quebec Dir. 1927-28
Jos. A. Caulder Regina Dir. 1928-29
David M .Wright Stratford Dir. 1929-30
T. A. Toregson Estevan Dir. 1930-31
John Nelson Montreal 3rd V.P.1931-32
Jas. H. Beatty Victoria Dir. 1932-33
John Nelson Montreal Pres. 1933-34
J .J. Allen Ottawa Dir. 1933-34
Chas. E. Hunt St. Johns, Newf. Dir. 1934-35
John Nelson Montreal Imm. P. Pres. 1934-35
W. W. Emmerson Winnipeg Dir. 1935-36
Wm. J. Cairns Toronto Dir. 1936-37
Percy B. Scurrah Victoria Dir. 1937-38
W. R. Allen Montreal Dir. 1938-39
Geo. O. Spencer Moncton Dir. 1939-40
C. A1bert Oulton Saskatoon Dir. 1940-41
Arthur S. Fitzgerald Windsor 3rd V.P.1941-42
Norman G. Foster Ottawa Dir. 1942-43
Harold W. McKiel Sackville 3rd V.P.1943-44
Oliver C. McIntyre Edmonton Dir. 1944-45
Dr. Geo. A. Wheab1e London Dir. 1945-46
Wm. R. Dowrey Vancouver Dir. 1946-47
Arthur Lagueux Quebec Dir. 1947-48
Gordon E. Perdue Oakville Dir. 1948-49
Thos. C. McNabb St. John, N.B. Dir. 1949-50
Arthur Lagueux Quebec Pres. 1950-51
Wm. R .Macarthur Winnipeg Dir. 1950-51
Arthur Lagueux Quebec Imm. P. Pres. 1951-52
Gordon A. Beaton Markdale, Ont. Dir. 1951-52
Percy W. Turner Charlottetown Dir. 1952-53
Hec. E. Carrier Saskatoon Dir. 1953-54
Kenneth G .Partridge Pt. Credit Dir. 1954-56
Douglas A. Stevenson Sherbrooke Dir. 1956-58
Glen. W. Peacock Calgary Dir. 1958-60
Ray R. Jessup Calgary Dir. 1960-62
Edwin K. Ford Yarmouth Dir. 1962-64
Harry S. Hay Saskatoon Dir. 1964-66
Rev. E. Leslie Pidgeon served four consecutive years on the Board. In the year 1914-15 Canada had 2 men on the Board, Archiba1d and Butcher. In the year 1919-20 Canada no representative on the Board.
The name National Association of Rotary Clubs, adopted at the first convention in 1910, was changed at the Duluth convention in 1912 to International Association of Rotary Clubs owing to the Winnipeg Club being organized in Nov. 1910. In 1922 the name was to Rotary International.
Cont'd. on P 105A
DIRECTORS FROM CANADA
Continued from Page 105
Wm. G. Lochead 1966/67 - 67/68
Benjamin P. Guss 1968/70
St. John, N.B.
Arthur Simpson 1970-72
7187 Arbutus St.,
REV. E. LESLIE PIDGEON, D. D., Presbyterian (later United Church of Canada ). Elected to the Board of International Association at San Francisco in 1915, and served as 3rd Vice President for two years, 1915-16 and 1916-17. Then at Atlanta, Georgia, in 1917 was elected President. A President all Canada could be proud of. When first elected he lived in Vancouver but when President he was living in Winnipeg and later Montreal. The only Minister to ever be President and only one likely because the feeling against liquor was so strong in Rotary that he was chosen to run against Guy Gundaker of Philadelphia who had an interest in a restaurant where liquor was served. Deceased February 1956.
DR. CRAWFORD C. McCULLOUGH of Ft. William, Ont. Eye, Ear and Nose specialist. District Governor 19th District 1919-20. In 1920-21he was a member of the Board and 1st Vice President. In 1921 at Edinburgh he was elected President and served with distinction. Perhaps no President ever served during more important and formative years than did Crawford. Still with us in 1962 but ill and inactive. Crawford deceased March 26, 1963. Age 85.
JOHN NELSON of Montreal was President of Rotary International 1933-34. He was a member of the Board in 1931-32 and 3rd Vice President. John Nelson had a notable career as a newspaperman, publisher, etc. in Vancouver and Toronto. Was with the Sun
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Life, Montreal as Public Relations Officer when-President. He was author of Canadian Provinces 1922; Imperial Press Conference London 1909; Institute of Int. Relations Honolulu 1925-27; Director Montreal YMCA etc. A fine President. Deceased January 24 , 1936.
ARTHUR LAGUEUX, Quebec City, was President of Rotary International 1950-51. A member of the Board of R.I. 1947-48. He presided at the Atlantic City Convention. In 1951 with distinction. He created much amusement by mispronouncing words incorrectly, but on purpose. State of Mississippi and Missouri was the State of Misery. Deceased October 17th, 1957.
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There are 10 in all but District 629 has only one Ontario club which is Sault Ste. Marie and is in the Michigan District for geographic reasons.
They are: 555-558-629-633-638-640-701-704-707-709
558 - 629 - 633 - 638 - 640 - 704 and 709 are International. Only 555-701 and 709 are ALL CANADIAN.
New club at Wawa, Ontario 1961 - District 629.
Letter from Crawford C. McCullough, Dec. 6th, 1954 to Ken Partridge:
Strongly for continuance of C. A. C. and this means an annual meeting must be held.
C.A.C. came into being in 1922 during Crawford’s year as R.I. President.
Organized to prevent Canada' setting up a National organization such as the U.K. had.
Crawford had been very active in bringing British Assn. of Rotary Clubs into the then International Assn. (changed to R.I. at Los Angeles at the close of Crawford’s year in June 1922).
British Assn. almost withdrew from the International Association and Canada wanted a Canadian Rotary unit. U.S. claim to having won the 1914-18 war was a large part in these agitations.
The C.A.C. formation headed off National units not only in Canada but in several other countries.
The European Advisory Committee was of great value but had to disband during World War II. Now again doing fine work as demonstrated at Ostend, Sept.1954.
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New clubs now mostly from non Anglo-Saxon countries and this condition will accentuate than diminish in the next ten years.
At the San Francisco convention in 1947 the R.I. Board tried to abolish C.A.C. B. and the convention turned this down by a very large vote.
Canada is a large country with two dominating nationalities and C.A.C. is needed to cover Rotary sentiment East and West and keep Canada's R.I. Director informed.
U .S. has from 5 to 7 members on the R.I. Board each year. This gives splendid coverage but Canada, more diversified in Language and religion and culture, has only 1, so C.A.C. can be of real help.
Crawford is against the C.A.C. being financed by Can. Rotary and not by R. I. This would tend to separate Rotary in Canada from R. I. and perhaps cause a growth of independence which might be bad.
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The Canadian Advisory Committee ceased to exist as of June 30th, 1953. Basi1 Tippet was the last Chairman.
Organized in 1915 at San Francisco.
19 in all - 15 in U.S.A.
3 in Canada
1 in G. B. and I.
District 16 - Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland with John G. Grass of Imperial Life of Halifax as District Governor.
District 17 - Ontario and Quebec with Thomas J. Wells of Montreal as Governor.
District 18 - All Canada west of Ontario with James S. Ryan of Calgary as Gov.
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In the years 1914-15 Canada has two Area Vice-Presidents and two members on the Board viz Peace-Menlove-Bulcher and Archibald. For the year 1919-20 Canada had no Board member . and Area Vice-Presidents had been abolished. In 1920-21 Dr. Crawford C. McCullough comes on the Board from Ft. William and was chosen 1st Vice-President, and the following year, 1921-22 he was President of the International Association of Rotary Clubs. For 1922-23 he was on the Board as Immediate Past President so he served three years on the R.I. Board. It was at his convention in Los Angeles in June 1922 that the name "International Association of Rotary Clubs" was shortened to Rotary International.
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FROM 1912 TO 1960
July 1st, 1915 District No. 17
July 1st, 1918 " 4
July 1st, 1922 " 27
July 1st, 1937 " 169
July 1st, 1939 " 168
July 1st, 1949 " 247
July 1st, 1955 " 246
July 1st, 1955 " 707
There should be no more changes as the world now is divided into areas numbered in the hundreds and great care taken to ahead and try to decide where Districts would be split in the future. In all these cases, blanks were left.
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Chicago No. 1 1905
San Francisco No. 2 1908
Oakland No. 3 1909
Seattle No. 4 1909
Los Angeles No. 5 1909
New York No. 6 1909
Boston No. 7 1909
1. The Board of Directors opens the Classification.
2. The name of a prospective member to fill in the open classification is submitted by a member in good standing to the Board of Director through the Secretary.
3. The Board of Directors refers the proposal to the Classifications Committee for consideration and report as to the correctness of the classification.
4. The Board of Directors refers the proposal to the Membership Committee for consideration and report as to the eligibility of the prospect from the personal side.
5. The Board of Directors review the action of the Committee and sustains (or rejects) their action.
6. Favorable action by the Committees having been sustained by the Board of Directors, the proposer is notified by the Secretary.
(the first six steps are preliminary steps. During this procedure, the prospect should not be notified.)
7. The proposer, accompanied by a member or members of the Rotary Information
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Committee of the club, fully informs prospect of the privileges and responsibilities of Rotary membership and secures his oral or written permission to publish his name to the club.
8. The secretary notifies the members by written or printed communication.
9. Members may file objections in writing within 10 days.
10. No Objections having been filed, the proposed member is considered duly elected.
(if any objections have been filed, the Board of Directors considers same and votes on proposal.)
11. The secretary sends notice of election to proposer and newly elected member.
12. New member fills in and signs application card and pays admission fee.
13. Secretary issues membership card.
14. Secretary fills out new member report card and forwards to the Secretariat of R.I.
1. Don't attend meetings; but if you do, arrive late.
2. When you have the urge to "make-up" don't - help your club stand out - on the bottom.
3. Never have anything to say at meetings; wait until you get outside.
4. When at the meetings, vote to do everything; then go home and do nothing.
5. The next day, find fault with the officers and your fellow members.
6. Take no part in the organization's affairs.
7. Never ask anyone to join the organization.
8. Never welcome a visitor; treat him like the outsider he is.
9. Get all the organization will give you, but don' 't give anything.
10. At every opportunity, threaten to resign and try to get others to do the same.
11. Talk co-operation; but don't co-operate.
12. If asked to help, say you haven't time.
13. Never accept a job, for it is easier to criticize than to do things.
14. If appointed to a committee, never give any time or service to your committee.
15. If you receive a bill for dues, ignore it.
16. Don’t do any more than you have to and when others willingly and unselfishly use their ability to help the cause along, howl because the organization is ran by a clique.
The Vancouver 'Rotor'
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That I had filled a needed post,
That here and there I’d paid my fare
With more than idle talk and boast;
That I had taken gifts divine.,
The breath of life and manhood fine,
And tried to use them now and then
In service for my fellow men.
Edgar A. Guest,
(The Poet of Rotary)
In 1956-57 R.I. Board was made up entirely of Senior Active members which is conclusive proof that nothing is lost when a member asks for this Classification.
Senior Active was established in 1939 but for some, years there were doubts about the question of this really being a life membership provided dues were paid and attendance kept up. After a man has held active membership in one or more clubs for total of 15 years he may ask his Club for Senior Active status and it must be granted. He loses his classification and can then move any where in the world so long as he pays his dues (to his home club) and maintains 60% attendance. He retains all the rights of an active member and may propose new members. Any Iternationa1 Officer (District Gov.) may ask for and must be given Senior Active regardless of how few years he may have been a member of Rotary.
A member who did not ask for Senior Active when he qualified arid applies for membership in another club, may be taken in as a Senior Active, but in that case he loses his membership if he moves from that Club's jurisdiction.
There are many phases to this Senior Active and Past Service membership which should be carefully studied by all Club officers.
If a man has been an active member of one or more clubs for a period of five years and has reached the age of 65, he is entitled to Senior Active Membership.
NOTE - PAST SERVICE MEMBERSHIP - When a member reaches 65 or has been an active member for five years, regardless of age, and retires from business, he may be given Past Service Membership and his club status is not changed. However, should he again engage in business his membership ceases.
Also, at the Seattle convention in 1954, an Enactment 54-9 was passed (see page 91 of 1954 convention proceedings book). This had been pressed for at three or four conventions by the delegates from G.B. & I. and led by past President of R.I.B.I., Stanley Leverton. They wanted this to cover retired members who had moved to the suburbs and did not own a car or were not too well off. It was passed by the convention with no strings attached re health or financial problems or location, but the Enactment plainly says "The club board may grant release of obligation to attend". It was expected to be dealt with carefully. This clause is shown in our own Constitution and in our roster, page 14, section D. We lost many good members through generous interpreting of this Enactment but of late years it is not granted unless there are good reasons for doing so. Full dues must be paid.
See report of 55th Convention Toronto 1964 for changes in Senior Active membership.
As of now, Sept. l964 I have not brought this membership thing up to date as several changes are pending, to be dealt with at Mexico City. There is one change however in effect now - "A. member may join a club where he lives or works".
The changes in memberships were not as important as we expected at Mexico City. However a man can now join Rotary provided he lives in or has his place of business in the club's territory.
It is heartwarming when in Calcutta where over four millions live, and mostly in poverty, to find, a very nice Hospital for Crippled Children. All the work is done free by Doctors who are members of the Calcutta Club. The wives of prominent Rotarians give freely of their time to help look after the children. They bathe them and mother them and massage deformed limbs. Every dollar spent to establish this hospital and to operate it is contributed by Calcutta Rotarians.
This is the home of Dr. J. H. L. Jayasuriya, known in Rotary as Dr. Bertie. On arrival at the Galle Face Hotel (beautiful hotel) on March 15, 1956 I found Dr. Bertie at the hotel and he had my friend Harry Arnold of Baltimore and a Rotarian from Australia, and I joined them to go out to a fine evergreen grove and see Dr. Bertie's fine new hospital for treating T.B. cases in children. It is a beautiful building with 110 beds and is the first children’s T.B. hospital in Ceylon. In this heavenly country there is a bad T.B. situation of about 14%. Dr. Bertie was Ceylon's top doctor and he gave up private practice to raise funds for T.B. hospitals for children. He also superintends building and equipping and operating this one and others he hopes to build. On the wall there is a nice large brass plaque showing who gave the money for this fine building. Then I saw the names of Sherbrooke, Que. club, also
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Burlington and Hamilton, Ont. and Basil and Doris Tippet. Again very proud to note that
every dollar to build or equip this fine hospital was provided by Rotary Clubs and individual Rotarians.
On my visit to this club in March 1956 I heard the President announce with a broad smile on his face that the full $30,000.00 (in Burma money of course) had been raised to establish a Braille printing press for Burma. Once more I was proud to learn that every dollar had been contributed by Burma Rotarians. This will provide books in Braille for the blind of Burma. The poor box is passed each week and every member contributes one Kyat which is 22 cents. A British firm checked 500 girls to staff their office and only 2% were clear of T.B. or V.D. The Rangoon club had every reason to be proud and smile.
Kuala, Lumpur - Malayan Federation.
Here again one sees a wonderful Leper hospital with about 200 oases in all stages and once more every dollar to establish and operate the hospital is put up by Rotarians of The Federation of Malaya.
Viipuri -Toolo Club-Finland.
Prior to World War II (1939) there was a tine little club in Eastern Finland in the city of Viipuri. Then World War II and
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Russia's brutal attack on little Finland. Soon Russia had overrun all S .E. Finland in which 500,000 Finnish people lived. The Russia argument was that they could not afford to leave their great city of Leningrad (former St. Petersburg) so close to an unfriendly country. Russia annexed all that area and the rest of Finland took into their homes 500,000 refugees. The main burden fell on the capital city of Helsinki. No one complained and it is amazing how these people were all absorbed in a year or so. The Rotary Club of Viipuri had been organized in 1931. It disappeared in 1939 but the members kept it alive secretly and in 1949 a new club appears in a Helsinki suburb and it was the club of Toolo. The important point is that all the former members of Viipuri became charter members of the newt Toolo Club. Their new Rotary banner has symbols of each club, the old and the new.
The writer visited this fine little club in 1956. Surely it is the only one of its kind in the Rotary World.
From the early days of Club No.1, Harry Ruggles, member number 5, fought for clean language and when a shady story was started by a speaker, Harry, who was song leader would jump up and yell, "Come on boys, let's sing".
The Rotary Club of Vincennes, Indiana had a by-law which was read by the Secretary at every meeting and before the speaker began his talk. It said, "No story or jest may be made at this Club that could not properly be made if all our wives and daughters were present".
Warm, friendly letters to Rotarians in other countries, showing a genuine interest in the recipient as well as an intelligent curiosity about his country and some of its problems, help to cultivate and increase international understanding.
Peace begins with the individual - at home, in the family, the church, the school, the shop, the office. - in every walk of life and in every relationship with our fellowman. Sharing with fellow Rotarians around the world in this endeavor is a crowning achievement for international service in our Rotary club and a solid contribution to the advancement of goodwill and peace in the world.
Miami, Florida, U.S.A.
Tragedy opened a path of service for this Rotarian who fathered a world society to aid all crippled children.
By Paul H. King, President, the International Society for the Welfare of Cripples.
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On the evening of Memorial Day, 1907, in Elyria., Ohio, two inter-urban cars telescoped. Eighty-four persons returning home from an outing were killed or injured.
Such a tragedy would stir any community, but Elyria folk were unusually aroused. Of the 16 who died of injuries, several might have lived had there been a general hospital in the town. A local sanitarium proved inadequate.
One of the victims was Homer, 18 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Edgar F. Allen. Homer was one of those who might have lived, they were told, if he only could have been rushed to a hospital. The Allens were shocked, dazed, then slowly set themselves to carry on - hiding the void in their hearts.
Allen had his work to do. That helped some. One morning on the way to his tie and telegraph pole plant, he met an old lawyer friend. They talked of commonplaces; then as they were about to part, the friend asked:
"Have you collected damages for your son's death?"
"Have I collected?" Allen stopped, his face working. "Accept money for my son's death?"
But his friend had a suggestion.
"Why not accept the money and with it start a modern hospital?"
Indeed, why not? Allen asked himself that many times. The suggestion was discussed in the Allen home, and approved. Then he went to work on it.
On October 30, 1908, The Elyria Memorial Hospital was dedicated, with Edgar F. Allen its unsalaried treasurer. He had previously sold his business to devote all his time to the Hospital project. Today there are five buildings in the hospital plant - a million dollar community service center. But that is a middle-of -the-book chapter in the career of the man who, wherever the plea of crippled children is heeded the world over, came to be known as "Daddy Allen."
Let us return to the first chapter and speak of a tot by the name of Jimmy. A bout with infantile paralysis brought Jimmy to the hospital in 1911. Daddy Allen was attracted to his cheerful, freckled face. Often on his rounds he ta1ked to Jimmy, and watched with pride his steady improvement.
Then he wondered if there were other Jimmies about who needed help. There were - 200 of them in his own Lorain County!
"Why shouldn’t there be a hospital for crippled children?" he demanded of a friendly medico.
"There should be," he answered himself, and the doctor agreed. They began at once to do something about it. Among others they interested Mrs. Ada Gates, widow of a Cleveland advertising executive. On April 6, 1915, the Gates Memorial Hospital for Crippled Children was dedicated. And from then on the crippled children became Edgar F. AlIen’s magnificent obsession.
"We expected that crippled children would pour in from all over Ohio after the Gates Hospital was opened," Daddy Allen once told me, "but much to our surprise this happened neither the first or the second year." The psychology of the cripple and his parents hadn’t been considered. Many could not afford care, for example, but were too proud to accept" charity."
Eventually the whole problem of the handicapped was found to be a matter of, first, social welfare; second, public health; third, education; and fourth, employment. That analysis holds as good today as when Daddy Allen first charted it many years ago.
Investigation convinced him that in the care of cripples the State should be concerned. So he sought a "constituency" for crippled children. He talked to branches of the Y.M.C.A., churches, and chambers of commerce. In 1919, after three years of effort, he organized the Ohio Society for Crippled Children.
Membership was recruited the Rotary Clubs of Elyria, Toledo, and Cleveland - for among his fellow Rotarians Daddy found ready ears, warm hearts, willing hands. It is, in passing, a matter of interest that Rotarians of Syracuse, New York, were sponsoring crippled-children work as early as 1913.
By 1921, Daddy’s Ohio Society had gained sufficient momentum to enlist the aid of the Ohio Hospital Association; the State Departments of Heath, Welfare, and Education; and the Orthopedic surgeons of the State. Cemented by Daddy’s energy, the "Ohio Plan" for corrective care and education soon secured legislative support, and became a functioning reality.
But Daddy Allen didn’t hang up his spurs. He was just beginning. He saw too much work undone, and adopted "Keep on keeping on" as his motto. Rotarians in other States had heard of his work, and he was in demand as a luncheon speaker.
It was at Port Huron, Michigan, Rotary luncheon that I first saw and met Daddy Allen. At first he seemed to be just an ordinary businessman talking about his hobby - crippled children - before a Club which was already maintaining an excellent camp for cripples.
But there1was something about Daddy that made him different; his earnestness. I had never been especially interested in crippled children, but that day changed my life, just as the death of his son and tiny Jimmy’s miraculous recovery had changed Daddy Allen's. I .had no idea, of course, that I was to take over his work when he could no longer carry on, and that, "as one of his boys", I was to succeed him as
President of his International Society for Crippled Children.
This rather short, bald, smiling fellow who talked at luncheon that day in Port Huron wasn’t what the world calls a genius Here we would be more apt to say that he was just a run-of-the-mill businessman. He was modest, conservative, popular with men and youngsters, with a great heart and a marvelous singleness of purpose. He became the very embodiment of St. Paul's word: "This one thing I do." And he did it with all his might.
Yes, it was his magnificent obsession. When I became his " right-hand man," as first Vice-President of the Society, he would often say to me:
"Pau1, don't load up with so many of these other things. You'll have more time for crippled children."
Nothing else seemed important. At times he even lost a bit of patience with those who couldn't go all the way with him. But when he needed money, Daddy Allen always got it. He’d strike out for a town, and go down one side of the street and up the other. And He'd always come home with cash when the society needed it most.
Daddy Allen not only knew but mixed with people, young, and old. I remember well a visit we made at a school for cripples in Washington, D.C. Ushered into a room we faced 40 or 50 youngsters.
Always at his ease, Daddy Allen just smiled and started making shadow pictures of
rabbits, dogs, and ducks upon a wall. In a few moments the little folks were giggling and in love with him. His words of encouragement fell upon eager ears, and many a youngster there and elsewhere found his place in life through visits of this kind. The same was true with hard-boiled bankers - this disarming manner of Daddy Allen’s.
His dynamic personality and his enthusiasm always softened them and his work went ahead.
He never begged. His point was that it was a privilege to help youngsters with crooked spines or legs. He was a prolific letter writer and traveller, covering as much as 40,000 miles in a year, exclusive of European jaunts. No one was too important for him to see - Presidents, Governors, and Princes.
Once when the Society was badly in need of funds, I proposed as chairman of the finance committee, that we sell crippled-children seals.
"A good idea," he beamed; "go and get President Roosevelt to endorse the plan".
I t was as simple as that with him. I went to see the President, who gave us a splendid letter approving the seals, which were adopted at the Society’s Wichita, Kansas, convention in 1933. Now each year finds them on sale and in ever-increasing demand at Easter time.
And no one was unimportant, either. Daddy wrote and called on the humblest. He didn't feel that he needed the biggest men; or that he needed "thousands of supports to do
Things. Small groups with enthusiasm were enough. And he'd rather have a man give service than money. He saw Rotary a great force to advance the movement.
On October 13, 1921, Daddy Allen called together at Toledo, Ohio, approximately 100 Rotarians and other professional people from Ohio, Illinois, Michigan, New York, and Ontario, Canada. That the representation from outside the United States was limited didn't daunt Daddy Allen. It still became International Society, and he became its first President.
Our beloved Founder of Rotary was there. A warm friend of Edgar Allen, Paul Harris wise counsel and able support have meant much to the cause.
Last year from July 16 to 22, in the city of London, England, that same Society saw .420 delegates from 45 countries assembled in its fourth world congress.
Its constituent in the United States, the National Society, works with the Children' s Bureau of the Department of Labor and Rehabilitation Division of the office of Education in the Department of the Interior, and many State agencies; it co-operates with Rotarians, Shriners, Kiwanians, Elks, Parent-Teacher Associations, the America Legion, members of the Federation of Women's Clubs and other organizations.
How the work of Daddy Allen spread to other countries is a story in itself. Typical was the influence of the Crippled Children Assembly at Rotary’s 1933 Convention in Boston.
Among those attending an Assembly breakfast was the then District Governor Thomas List of New Zealand
Seeing Tom's interest, I invited him to the speakers' table "to say a few words."
"If you fellows can do this sort of thing, why can't we?" he asked in the course of his short speech.
He answered his own question by going home, and organizing the New Zealand Society for Cripples. Lord Nuffield became interested in the program, and this English industrialist gave £50,000. A man and wife in Auckland donated a house and 13 acres to be used as a home for cripples, and Lord Nuffield came along with £10,000 as an endowment for such homes.
Mexico is another example. Following Rotary's Convention and its Crippled Children Assembly in Mexico City in 1935, the Mexican Association of Friends of Crippled Children was formed. Ten years earlier, in 1925, two Rotarians from Dublin found a seed which they planted back home. Soon all of Ireland blossomed with work in behalf of cripples. One could mention other examples.
Enthusiasm for Daddy Allen's vision resulted in four great world congresses, which grew out of Rotary's 1927 Convention in Ostend, Belgium - Geneva, The Hague, Budapest, and London. At the Geneva congress it was suggested that each delegation contribute $100 as the membership fee. Daddy Allen arose and said:
"I don’t think these people have come prepared to pay a fee of this kind. I suggest you just forget about it, and let me take care of the fees." And he did.
At that same meeting there were 11 German delegates couldn't speak a word of English, and one who knew a little of the language. Daddy Allen so impressed the group that they asked the 12th delegate to teach them Daddy’s name and several other English words for a surprise at the final session. As the congress ended, these delegates stood in a group, and said farewell in voice choked with emotion:
"Good-by, dear Daddy Allen!"
These were the only words of English they knew - words which thousands of children have used in hospital wards in hundreds of cities. It was a beautiful and touching climax to an eventful conclave.
It has been said that behind every good man is a good woman, and such is true of "Mother" Allen. Constantly with her husband, she shared his views and his problems. It vas she who did so much to encourage and support him in his humanitarian work. And while Daddy Allen lost one of his two sons in the tragedy which became the foundation of his work, his other son, Frank B. Allen, has become a part of the Allen tradition. He is now President of the Pennsylvania Society for Crippled Children.
Daddy Allen is dead - but he still lives. A heart aliment forced retirement upon him six years, when he became president emeritus of the Ohio and the International Societies. Daddy died on September 20, 1937, but his work goes on - far beyond his dreams, ever developing, ever advancing, but not yet done.
Occasionally, however, some well-meaning Rotarian not fully conversant with the situation will be misled by the fact that governmental agencies are collaborating.
"Now that the Government has taken over crippled children work," a delegate at a recent District Conference said, "our Club has taken up other activities."
'No man was ever so wrong. The work for crippled children is but well started. The more agencies the greater governmental interest, the better. Governmental support is fine, but it can never take the place of the heart interest of the volunteer worker, both in and out of Rotary. Each is essential to a well-balanced and successful program.
With possibly 6 million cripples in the world there is plenty of work for every man of us. When every crippled child has been cared for, treated, and cured, if possible; when every crippled child is educated, trained, and given a place in the world; when the causes of crippling are eradicated and crippling is prevented - then will our work be done, and not until.
Sometimes the way is difficult, sometimes the progress seems slow, sometimes the task appears too great, but no matter how hard the going gets, Daddy Allen's slogan still rings true: "Keep on keeping on."
From - The Rotarian,
(Reprinted by permission)
In Elyria, Ohio on Decoration Day, May 30th, 1907 there was an accident in which 16 died. One was Homer Allen son of Edgar F. Allen. Through Allen’s efforts and with in part the use of funds collected from those responsible for the accident, The Elyria Memorial Hospital was opened. In 1919 the Ohio Society for Crippled Children was organized and on Oct. 13, 1921 - 100 Rotarians, plus some professional men organized The International Society for Crippled Children with Edgar F. Allen as President. He had been the Honourary Treasurer of the Elyria Memorial Hospital from the start.
Daddy Allen sold his business shortly after his son's death and devoted his time and money to the Crippled Children's movement. He joined the Rotary Club of Elyria when it was organized in 1918. From then on his work was mostly through Rotary Clubs. Daddy Allen was, known by that affectionate name over the Rotary world. He died Sept. 20, 1937 but his work goes on. Toronto club has had an honourable part in this great movement. The Rotary Club of Syracuse, N.Y. had discussed Crippled Children's work as early as 1913.
The Toronto club became interested in the Crippled Children's work in the Rotary year 1923-24 when Charlie Collins became Chairman of the new committee. The Ontario Society had been formed November 28th, 1922.
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NOTE - Arthur FitzGerald of Windsor, Past President of Ontario Society in 1922.
CRIPPLED CHILDREN’S SOCIETY (2)
NOTE - Our beloved Daddy Allen died in 1940. The November 1940 Rotarian carried a fine article on Daddy
Allen written by the late Paul King of Detroit who also served as International President of The Society for Crippled Children.
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The year 1939-40 saw the start of the Nominating Committee. J. Edd McLaughlin was the first President Elect chosen. The committee consisted of 9 members:
4 from the U.S.A.; 1 from Great Britain and Ireland; 1 from Asia; 1 from Canada; 1 from France and 1 from Central America.
In 1947-48 alternates were appointed or elected. In 1952-53 the committee was increased to 11 effective for the Rotary year 1953-54. It was hoped this new plan would end politics in Rotary but with the U.S.A. having 5 very large zones with a world of fine material to choose from, we still have politics. The Quorum for a meeting is 9 and 7 must agree in order to nominate. -See 1954 Manuel - page l82
Philip Lovejoy was secretary of Rotary International from 1942 until his retirement in 1952. Previously,
had served as first
assistant Secretary of Rotary International
1942. He is now an educational 1ecturer
and business consultant
Program Associates of Utica, New York. Since his retirement from the Rotary headquarters staff,
he has delivered more than 900 addresses throughout the U.S.A. and Canada and in many European
PHILIP LOVEJOY (cont'd)
GEORGE R. MEANS
Mr. Means was born in Bloomington, Illinois. He was graduated from Illinois State Normal University in Normal, Illinois, with a bachelor of education degree, and from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, with a master of arts degree. Prior to joining the staff of Rotary International, he was engaged in map editing and map publishing. He is a founder of Gamma Theta Upsilon, national (U.S.) professional geographic fraternity, and he is a Fellow of the American Geographical Society.
A Rotarian since 1932, he is a former member and past, vice-president of the Rotary C1ub of Bloomington, Illinois, and is now a member of the Rotary Club of Evanston, Illinois. He is an honorary member of the Rotary Clubs of Bloomington, Illinois, and Tokyo, Japan.
During World War II, Mr. Means served with the U.S. Navy as a commander, and he continues to hold that rank in the U.S. Naval Reserve.
He has traveled. extensively in Europe,
and North and South America.
in Tokyo, Japan, has conferred upon him
the degree of doctor of humanities, and he has been decorated with the Chilean Order of Merit
French Legion of Honor. He is a member of the Associates of Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington, Illinois;
and a member-at-large of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America.
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During the Second World War he served in the U.S. Navy as a commander, a rank he still holds in the reserves. He also handled in person the special post war job of helping to organize Rotary clubs in Korea and Japan. He is an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Tokyo.
With Mrs. Means, the former Martha Cowart, who once was a member of the Secretariat staff. George will soon be moving to Evanston, the Chicago suburb where Rotary is to build a new Headquarters Building.
(From The Rotarian -December 1952).
I have known Geo. Means ever since
he became a member of the R.I.
in 1935. Rotary has only had three Secretaries from 1910 to 1962. Chesley R. Perry 1910-1942; Philip Lovejoy 1942-1952; George
What a great three! Rotary
has been very lucky or else led by very capable men
perhaps both. (J.A.C.)
F. Greiner, Esq.
Kansas City, Mo., U.S.A.
President Shaw of Montreal and his directors lay great importance upon the first principle of Rotary: "Attendance" They have forty-nine (49) members and and a long waiting list to choose from, in some cases there are six of the same occupation seeking membership. The Club was only started in September last.
Chairman Allingham of St. John, N.B., and
his co-workers have just gotten nicely organized, and they report very satisfactory
progress to date.
Before closing my report permit me to extend the thanks and. appreciation of the Eastern Canada Clubs to your good self, Secretary Perry, the other Officers of the International Association, and the Secretaries of the various Clubs, for the help and able assistance you have given us through The Rotarian, through the weekly publications of various Clubs, and in many other ways.
However, from June 1924 until June 25, 1961 this recorder had never known who had befriended these four U.S. girls. On that date we were visiting Uncle Wat McClain and having a delicious lunch which included heaps of strawberries in a very fine china bowl. Uncle Wat pointed to the bowl and said, "That is something we received for finding living quarters for four California girls who were visiting Toronto in June1924 when Rotarians had engaged every room in Toronto. Someone located the girls and asked me and my wife if we could put them up. We did, and they were grateful and later sent us this bowl".
Editor's note: After 37 years I found out who was the Good Samaratin but I failed to note
who had asked Uncle Wat to care for the girls. Five days later Uncle Wat left us.
A man struck a match to see if his gasoline tank was empty. It wasn't.
Another fellow patted a strange dog to see if it was affectionate. It wasn't.
Still another chap raced to beat a train to a crossing. He didn't.
And then there was the fellow who looked into the muzzle of his gun to see if it was loaded. It was.
But the prize boner was pulled by the fellow who thought he could be a Rotarian
joining the club and
his dues. He couldn't.
150 Rotarians attending the Advertising Convention Gather for Banquet as Guests of Toronto Rotary Club.
And of all the 3,000 Advertising Men who
met in the Beautiful Queen City of Canada
to discuss and analyze their progress, the Rotarians among them were the livest,
brightest and most enthusiastic of the
Cards bearing the Toronto Rotary emblem and an invitation to this event were posted
hotels and at the exhibition post office
also in the show windows of Rotarians around
Mr. George Mathews of Huylers then proposed a toast to "Our Visitors" which was responded to most eloquently by Mr. Depuy, the live-wire gatling gun from
Des Moines, Iowa, and Mr. R. E. Sherman "the silver tongued orator from the
South", El Paso, Texas; incidentally the same Mr. Sherman received a cup
for oratory during the advertising convention.
The toast, "Rotary Cousins", was proposed by Burdick A. Trestrail, of Toronto, who
aroused several hearty 1aughs with his usual anecdotes. This toast was responded
to by Mr. Allen D. Albert, of Minneapolis, who all Rotarians know, and whose eloquence and sincerity makes a deep impression on everyone of his hearers.
Mr. Albert paid tribute to the wonderful
spirit of Rotary which manifested itself in the gathering before him, brought together on such short notice, and of the bond of fellowship and brotherhood which was extended at the magic word- Rotarians. Mr. C.
L. Brittain, of Kansas City, also responded very ably to this toast.
As the party filed out, automobiles we waiting to take them to the Military Tattoo held at the Exhibition Grounds and with mutual exchanges of farewells
and pleasantries, the little Rotary subconvention disbanded.
NOTE - Allen died July
SPECIAL AND VALUABLE SERVICE
James Ryan (R.G .Dun)-Calgary-First Governor of District 18 (1915-16).
Stu Campbell - Winnipeg-Gov. 18th (1916-17)
Dr. Crawford C. McCullough of Fort William became very active in 19l8 and was Governor in 1919-20 (19th District). Then 1st Vice President in 1920-2l and President 1921-22. His record is outstanding. A new Constitution was adopted also new by-laws and he added the 5th Object (International under-
CANADIANS WHO HAVE RENDERED VERY SPECIAL
AND VALUABLE SERVICE
CANADIANS WHO HAVE
CANADIANS WHO HAVE RENDERED VERY SPECIAL
AND VALUABLE SERVICE
These men, Stanton, Gibson, Cairns McMichael attended every District Conference, almost every International Convention (over a period of 20 years) and every charter night for all new clubs within 100 miles of Toronto. They served well.
Kenneth G. Partridge - Governor District 247- 1950-51. Director R.I.1954-55 and 1955-56. A charter member of the Rotary Club of Port Credit, Ontario. A brilliant young lawyer and a top man in the United Church of Canada. Ken Partridge perhaps was the greatest student of Rotary that Canada has produced. . It was conceeded that he would have been the next R.I. President from Canada had death not taken him in 1958 at the age 46.
There are of course a great many more names across Canada that deserve mention but these are the greatest
as I remember Rotary in Canada from
BY: Joe Caulder
In mentioning the names I have chosen, I am
doing so on the general opinion of Rotarians of long standing who knew these men in a personal way and
who have had a chance to know how
these men are valued for their contribution to Rotary's growth in size, prestige
and influence for good.
PROMINENT WORLD ROTARIANS
PROMINENT WORLD ROTARIANS
Tom J. Davis of Butte, Montana, President of R. I., 1941-42, must have honourable mention.
Late King George VI.
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