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 31-32:  Raymond M. Havens - 12th President

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Raymond M. Havens

12th President



Rotary Biography of

Raymond M. Havens

Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.A.

President, 1922-23

(Deceased: 2 December, 1934)

At the time of his death, Raymond M. Havens was President of the J. D. Havens Printing Company in Kansas City, Missouri. He was a member of the Rotary Club of Kansas City for over twenty years and served as President of that Club.

He was active in Rotary International as President (in 1922-23), Vice-President, and chairman and member of numerous committees. In 1919-20, he served as chairman of the committee on relations between employer and employees and the report of his committee at the 1920 (Atlantic City) Convention enhanced the development of vocational service work in Rotary.

From: Rotary International,

35 East Wacker Drive,

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

March 1954.


Raymond Merriam Havens


"God’s finger touched him and he slept"


 by Russell F. Greiner


          It is with the feeling that it is a great honor when I say "I knew Ray as well as any man." It has been my privilege to come into almost daily contact with him and I am happy in the belief that he considered me one of his best friends. Believing this, I ask the solemn right of a friend to bear testimony unto a friend, and it is in deep recognition of this privilege that I write these lines.


          Ray Havens joined the Rotary Club of Kansas City, Missouri, June 2, 1914. He immediately demonstrated his ability as a leader and forcefully impressed his magnetic personality upon the entire membership. He served with distinction and honor on many committees. The convention of Rotary International was to be held in Kansas City in 1918 and the Kansas City club was looking for a leader who would be outstanding during that gathering. Ray was the inevitable selection for president. During the convention, he acquitted himself with honor and made friends with all the thousands of visitors. Next year at Salt Lake City, he was selected sergeant-at-arms and again demonstrated his unusual ability by planning and organizing the Atlantic City Convention. His success in that position was rewarded by his election to vice president of Rotary International.


          In 1922 at Los Angeles, he was selected as president of all Rotary. His record as president cannot be considered otherwise than of singular and unusual distinction. On his retirement from the presidency, he continued to maintain an interest in every Rotary activity, and worked on many committees. As a private in the ranks, never for one moment did he falter in his belief that Rotary had a great mission in the world.


          Ray Havens was the incarnation of vital force and intellectual energy. He possessed a disposition that was sunny and sincere. In his dealings he was honest and just; in his faiths, he was strong; in his relationships, true; in his friendships, delightful. His counsel and advice were always earnest and helpful. His unfailing interest in the affairs of his friends was most marked and, in the hours of stress, his sympathetic aid was always theirs. He loved work and he loved play, approaching both with joy and enthusiasm. His love for God's outdoors was most marked and he was never happier than when touring the countryside in his automobile.


          Possessed of unusually keen ability in his chosen vocation, he was a pronounced success, known and loved by the graphic arts craft all over the entire country. His broad-minded, liberal spirit, accentuated by his Rotary training and his belief in the slogan "Service, Not Self,' prompted him to continuous participation in all uplifting and constructive civic movements.


          Ray Havens has departed. His name will be stricken from Rotary's membership roll, but his honorable record will remain in the club's archives and no successor will sit unchallenged in his place. He will have no vote nor voice on questions affecting Rotary, but his influence will go on as long as Rotary endures. While he is beyond the reach of praise, we will never cease to rehearse his virtues and commemorate the career of a Rotarian that was splendid and luminous. To serve, was Ray Havens' joy; to succeed, was his habit. May he rest in peace and the light perpetually shine upon him.


          A sense of deep personal loss prompts me to set down these words.


         May you read into these printed lines the warmth of the spoken word.

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Letter from Gladys Havens Daniels

to Joseph A. Caulder,

dated September  8, 1951




Letter from Gladys Havens Daniels

to Joseph A. Caulder,

dated December  8, 1951







     Ray was Rotary's 12th President. I had the pleasure of being close to him as I served on one of his International Committees in his year of 1922-23. Ray and Gladys were a great pair. Ray had a smile that would make a cloudy day seem like sunshine when he appeared.

     I can still see Crawford McCullough inducting Ray in as his successor on the great Philharmonic Theatre stage in Los Angeles in June 1922.

     I was able to induce Ray and Gladys to attend my District Conference in Regina in the spring of 1922.

     I can also still see Gladys at the piano (Regina) and Ray singing as only he could. They were a happy pair and it is sad to think he had to go on December 2nd, 1934 at such an early age.

   At the Los Angeles convention in June 1922 when he was up for President we had a great joke at his expense.

     The American Legion button looks something like that of Rotary, and they were having their convention a block or two down the street from the Philharmonic Theatre, where our convention was held.

     Ray was not missing any chances to get votes so he was out on the street with the glad hand extended before he could distinguish the Legion button or emblem from that of Rotary, so he shook them all by the hand. At noon he was all in and figured he had not won one vote for all his work.

     It would be a grand world if we only had enough men like Ray Havens.



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