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.

Album 1 - Pages 33-34:  Guy Gundaker, 13th President

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Guy Gundaker

Rotary's 13th President



Rotary Biography of


Philadelphia, PA U.S.A.

President, Rotary International


Chairman, Committee for Cornerstone Laying, Rotary International Headquarters Building

   Until his retirement, Guy Gundaker for many years was President of Kugler's Restaurant in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, attended the Universities of Cornell and Pennsylvania, and was admitted to the bar in 1902.

   He is a charter member of the Rotary Club of Philadelphia, which was organized in 1910, and is a Past President of that Club. He was President of Rotary International in 1923-24, and has also served Rotary International as Vice President, Director and as chairman and member of numerous committees. He is currently serving as chairman of the committee making plans for the cornerstone laying ceremonies for the new headquarters for Rotary International, which is being erected in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago.

   Mr. Gundaker helped organize the National Restaurant Association in 1918 and wrote the Code of Standards of Correct Business Practices for that association in 1922. He was also instrumental in encouraging the organization of other trade associations and the development of some one hundred codes of business practice in different crafts.

   He is a Past Director of the Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce and was the representative of the Restaurant Industry to the United States Chamber of Commerce for many years, serving as a member of it's Agricultural Committee.

From Rotary International,

35 East Wacker Drive,

Chicago 1, Ill., U. S. A.

March 1954.


Joseph A. Caulder's Recollections



Lawyer and restaurateur and fine gentleman, and great Rotarian. Guy was the 13th President but surely that 13 in this case was lucky.

Guy won the Presidency the hard way. At San Francisco in 1915 he lost out to Allen D. Albert after two ballots. My old District Governor pal of 1921-2, Ernest Skeel was in that race.

In 1917, at Atlanta, Ga. Guy lost out to Leslie Pidgeon.

At St. Louis in 1923 there was no opposition as everyone knew Guy would win. We in Toronto were glad because it meant that Guy would preside here at one of the great conventions of Rotary. Guy made a proud record by never once having to use his gavel. He also had another record as it was Rotary's first convention held in America (except San Francisco in 1915, where it is never warm) at which everyone did not suffer from the heat.

The bear story is recorded on the next page.  Guy was always equal to any emergency.

Al so the Toronto convention let us all get to know Ann Gundaker, who was one of the two original Rotary Anns, along with Ann Brunnier at the Houston convention in 1914.

Guy, during his year as President, as well as before and after, did a great job in writing "Codes of Ethics" for business and professions of all kinds. Before his work perhaps only Doctors and lawyers had recognized "Codes of Ethics". When Guy finished his job he had helped to write over 125 codes. The good resulting can only be guessed at but no doubt was very real.

The Toronto Club did a great job at this convention and I can say this safely as I was then a member of the Moose Jaw, Sask. Club. The city only had the King Edward Hotel that was large and rated as first-class but that did not matter as Toronto Rotarians and their friends went to other friends or to summer homes and turned their city homes and domestic help over to the visiting Rotarians and their families.

Guy was a proud man when the convention closed on Friday.

Ever since Guy has retained his interest in Rotary and although he lost Ann a few years ago and is now in the eighties, he not only attends every convention and Institute, but n0w has set out on a 5 year job writing his memoirs of Rotary. He has a great Rotary library and has saved important documents, letters, bulletins, pamphlets, etc. ever since the start. We all hope he is spared to complete the job.


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Letter from Guy Gundaker

to Joseph A. Caulder,

dated March 1, 1954


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Letter from Guy Gundaker

to Joseph A. Caulder,

dated August 2, 1956


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Guy Gundaker's

candid and historically insightful evaluation of the 1923-24 Rotary year


[Click on page to read Gundaker's self-evaluation]


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