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.
Album 1 - Pages 111-12: Gian Paolo Lang, 46th President
Gian Paolo Lang
Rotary's 46th President
(To be correct Gian Paolo Lang)
Paul was President of Rotary International in 1956-1957 and at the end of his year tens of thousands of men and women in North America (and no doubt all over the world) had a better opinion of Italy and the Italian people than they had before. Paul also, like so many International Rotary Presidents, has a very wonderful wife, Valentina. Our Toronto club was fortunate in having Paul and Valentina spend three days in the city early in his Presidential year. This was a great three days for Rotary in Toronto and its suburbs.
That Friday will long be remembered by about 700 Rotarians. There were almost 300 visiting Rotarians from over 90 clubs. A great array of present and past "brass" decorated the head table. .
District 247 presented Paul with a handmade Indian buckskin jacket. It was very beautiful with its fan bead work.
District 221 brought 10 genuine Indians from the Six Nation Reserve and their Chief made Paul an Honorary Chief in a very impressive ceremony. Then followed a fine but short address from the real Indian Chief and after that some Indian war dances in which President Paul, wearing his magnificent headgear, took part and did an excellent job. A fine speech followed by Paul and all agreed it had been an outstanding affair. We hope Paul and Valentina will come back again. In the afternoon the Italian Colony, led by the Consul, held a reception for Paul at the Royal York. We were all sorry to say "Goodbye" to this grand pair on Sunday morning.
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