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 27-28:  Estes Snedecor, 10th President

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Estes Snedecor

Rotary's 10th President



Rotary Biography of


Portland, Oregon, U.S.A.

President, Rotary International


Estes Snedecor is a referee in bankruptcy in Portland, Oregon. He was born in Green Springs, Florida, and attended the Universities of Alabama and Michigan.

Mr. Snedecor has been a member of the Rotary Club of Portland, Oregon, since 1913. He has been active in Rotary International as President (in 1920-21), Vice-president, and as committee member and chairman. He submitted the first complete revision of the constitution of Rotary International, which was adopted at the Kansas City Convention in 1917; and was a member of the Constitution and By-Laws Committee which drafted the constitution of Rotary International, adopted at the Los Angeles convention in 1922.

From 1910 until 1937, he practiced law in Portland. Since then, he has served as a referee in bankruptcy and special master in chancery. He has been President of the Portland Public Welfare Bureau and the Portland Council of Social Agencies, Chairman of the State Child Welfare Commission, a member of the Oregon Legislature, legal adviser to the Governor of the State of Oregon, President of the National Association of Referees in Bankruptcy, Vice-President of the Travelers Aid Society, and national President of the Kappa Sigma fraternity.

From Rotary International,

35 East Wacker Drive,

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

March 1954.


The following is an extract from the report of

President Snedecor to the Board of Directors

held at Chicago, February 24,1921:


Another epoch in the history of International Rotary has been made during the past month by the appointment of James W. Davidson, F.H.S.G., of Calgary and of Colonel J. Layton Ralston, K. C.D., S 0., C.M.G., D.C. L., G.S C., of Halifax as our special commissioners to organize Rotary Clubs in Australia and New Zealand. The Board at its last meeting appropriated the sum of $2,000 out of its Foreign Extension Fund toward the expense of sending two representatives to New Zealand and Australia with the understanding that the Canadian Advisory Committee proposed to enlist the interest of all Canadian Rotarians in this project so that they might be given the opportunity to contribute any amount sufficient to pay the remainder of the expenses of these delegates. Upon the recommendation of the Foreign Extension Committee, the Canadian Advisory Committee was asked to suggest the names of two Canadian Rotarians qualified to undertake this mission on behalf of International Rotary. Rotarians Davidson and Ralston were suggested by this Committee and it was the pleasure of your President to appoint them to undertake this important work for Rotary. These two Rotarians are eminently qualified to carry the message of Rotary to these countries and we are exceedingly fortunate in being able to secure their services for this exceedingly important mission.


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Letter from Estes Snedecor

to Joseph A. Caulder,

dated January 8, 1951


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