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 57-58:  Robert E. Lee Hill, 24th President

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Robert E. Lee Hill

Rotary's 24th President




Rotary Biography of


Columbia, Missouri, U.S.A.

President, Rotary International, 1934-35

Robert E. Lee Hill is the Executive Manager of the Missouri Bankers Association in Columbia, Missouri. He was born in St. Charles, Missouri, and was graduated from the University of Missouri. Prior to his present position, he had been engaged for more than 20 years in public relations work for the University of Missouri.

Mr. Hill has been a member of the Rotary Club of Columbia since 1922, and is a Past President of that Club. He has been active in Rotary International as President (1934-35), Director, District Governor, Rotary Foundation Trustee, and as chairman and member of numerous committees.

From Rotary International,

35 East Wacker Drive,

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

March 1954.

Joseph A. Caulder


Robert E. Lee Hill

Bob came from the Ozark country and is still there but now he tells all the bankers in Missouri what they must do instead of advising the Alumni of Columbia University what they should. do.

We served on the 1928-1929 Board together and no problem could seem too tough so long as Bob was close by with a good story handy.

In April 1953 we enjoyed a fine Boone County Ham dinner on Bob and we enjoyed the ham and the visit.



(Prepared by Philip Lovejoy, General Secretary)


President - Robert L. Hill, Columbia, Missouri, U.S.A.

First Vice-President -- Donato Gaminara, Montevideo, Uruguay

Second Vice-President -- Paul T. Thorwall, Helsinki-Helsingfors, Finland

Third Vice-President -- Walter D. Head, Montclair, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Directors -- Karl F. Barfield, Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A.

Algernon Blair, Montgomery, Alabama, U.S.A.

Hugh A. Butler, Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.A.

Maurice Duperrey, Paris, France

H. E. Galloway, Gateshead-upon-Tyne, England

Charles E. Hunt, St. John's, Newfoundland

Tsunejiro Miyaoka, Tokyo, Japan

John Nelson, Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Robert F. Phillips, Asheville, North Carolina,

Milan Stojadinovic, Beograd, Yugoslavia

Secretary -- Chesley R. Perry

Treasurer -- Rufus F.Chapin


Number of Rotary Clubs (by 5 July, 1935) -- 3,843

Number of Rotarians -- 161,000

Net gain of Clubs during year -- 150

New countries in which Rotary was founded -- Lithuania and Iceland

Number of District Governors -- 79

Number of Board Meetings -- 3

Number of Executive Committee Meetings -- 5


During the first part of the Rotary year, President Hill visited more than 35 Rotary Clubs in various parts of North America. Immediately following the January meeting of the Board of Directors, President and Mrs. Hill left on an extended tour to visit Rotary Clubs in China, Japan, The Philippines, Netherlands Indies, Malaya, Italy, Switzerland, France, Spain and Portugal. More than 42. Rotary Clubs were visited on this trip. They traveled with President Emeritus and Mrs. Paul Harris to the Fifth Pacific Rotary Conference at Manila., The Philippines.


The Rotary International Secretariat was moved to new headquarters on 35 East Wacker Drive, where it took offices on the ninth and part of the eighth floors.

The Secretariat was divided into five departments (1) Executive (2) Program (3) Club organization (4) Fiscal (5) Office Management.

Correspondence was conducted in Spanish, Portuguese, German, French and Italian, as well as English.

During the first three months of 1935, the total pieces of mail sent from the Secretariat averaged 64,060.

On January 23, 1935, a total of 2250 memos of official visits had been received at the Secretariat from District Governors.


"This Rotarian Age", written by Paul Harris, was published.

The Outline of Classifications book was revised.

A new Rotary song book was issued.

"Making New Friends" was written by Lillian Dow Davidson.


The International Assembly was held at Cuernavaca, Mexico, during the week beginning June 10,1935.

The 26th Annual Convention of Rotary International was held June 17-21 in Mexico City, Mexico. A city on wheels called "Pullman City" was the dwelling place for more than 5,000 people who arrived by train. Nearly 250 Pullman cars were assembled for sleeping accommodations, and 50 dining cars served 56,000 meals during the convention week. There were four miles of track and two miles of paved streets with 100 service buildings in "Pullman City".

A total of 5,553 Rotarians and guests from 68 countries attended the convention.

Ed. R. Johnson of Roanoke, Virginia, U.S.A., was elected President of Rotary International for 1935-36.


At the end of the fiscal year, the total assets of the Rotary Foundation were $100,000.

The Board of Directors made the following decision regarding Rotary Foundation Trustees. "The Rotary Foundation Trustees shall consist of the immediate past president and his four immediate predecessors."

By convention action the Rotary objects were reduced from six to four, and were stated as follows:

The objects of Rotary are to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise, and, in particular, to encourage and foster:

1. The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service;

2. High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his occupation as an opportunity to serve society;

3. The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his personal, business and community life;

4. The advancement of international understanding, good will, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional men united in the ideal of service.

Boundary lines of six districts in North America were slightly altered. The Island of New Caledonia was incorporated in the 76th District.

The first Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, celebrated its 30th Anniversary at the Hotel Sherman on February 19th.

Youth Week was observed from April 27th to May 4th.

A conference of Rotarians in the newspaper, public relations and advertising classifications was held at the Secretariat in November of 1934. Past President Allen D. Albert served as chairman of the meeting.

The Rotary Club of Nashville, Tennessee, sponsored the 2nd Annual Institute of International Relations on the campus of Vanderbilt University from June 25th to July 5th.

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Robert E. Lee Hill's Obituary

July 1957



Robert E. Lee Hill's

Letter to

Joseph P. Caulder

Dated Jan. 17, 1951

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Robert E. Lee Hill's

Letter to

Joseph P. Caulder

Dated Feb 17, 1951

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Robert E. Lee Hill's

Letter to

Joseph P. Caulder

Dated Feb. 26, 1953

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Letter of

Philip Lovejoy to J.A.Caulder

dated 24 Jan. 1951

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Letter of

Philip Lovejoy to J.A.Caulder

dated 15 June. 1951

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