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Rotary and Its Founder, The Story of a man and a movement An extract from The Rotarian June 1926 by Paul P. Harris. On the shore of Lake Michigan, the second largest of North America's great inland seas, sixty miles north of Chicago and twenty-five miles south of Milwaukee, lies a small city called Racine. It is known throughout the United States because it is the home of several nationally important manufacturing industries. The people of Racine, however, are not entirely devoted to manufacture; there are cultural interests of which Racine College is the centre.

7 1 Why the Rotary Year begins on the First of July By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)1 July 2015Rotarys first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended. This is the group photo of the convention of the Rotary Clubs of America held in Rotarys birthplace, Chicago, in 1910.1910Ever wonder why the Rotary year begins 1 July?The international convention initially played a key role in determining the start date of our fiscal and administrative year.Rotarys first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on 18 August 1910. The1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention, beginning with the first day of the 1911 convention on 21 August.At its August 1912 meeting, the Board of Directors ordered an audit of the International Association of Rotary Clubs' finances. The auditors recommended that the organization end its fiscal year on 30 June to give the secretary and treasurer time...

Arnaldo de Oliveira SalesRotarian served as the First elected Chairman of the Hong Kong Urban CouncilBy Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)1 September 2017 The Honourable Arnaldode Oliveira Sales(), G.C.I.H., G.B.M., C.B.E., J.P., joined The Rotary Club of Hong Kong () after he has retired from the World President of The Junior Chamber International in 1956. Later, he was elected to serve as Club President in1965-1966. Sales was for many years the Unofficial Member of the Hong Kong Urban Council () and became its first Unofficial Chairman from 1973 to 1981. He is also a Hong Kong sports figure who is chairman of the Hong Kong Olympic Academy; co-founder and former president of the Amateur Sports Federation and Olympic Committee of Hong Kong (). Sales was also a member of the Hong Kong Basic Law Consultative Committee() from December 1985 until 4 April 1990. Chairman of the Hong Kong Urban CouncilSaleswas...

Many FIRSTs in District 3450 of Rotary International By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)1February2020 District 3450 of Rotary International was inaugurated on 1 July 1960 when the code then was 3 digits of 345 only. Commencing 1 July 1991, all Rotary districts are to be identified with a 4-digit number system. This was initially accomplished by adding a zero at the end of each current District number. Since then, District 345 was changed to District 3450 until today.In 1960, the District 345 was originally compiled with 3 territories the:(1) Chinese province Taiwan; (2) British Crown Colony Hong Kong; and (3) Portuguese Territory Macao. While Hong Kong and Macao were the 2 remaining territories since1 July 1987 allocated for self-development of Rotary, the independent nation Mongolia (after 6.5 years of non-districted) later initiated to join the district 3450 on 1 July 2000.Further on, commencing 1 July 2013, the Chinese...

The Birth of Canton Rotary Club () in 1931By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)1 September 2015 This piece of history is referred to the Canton Rotary Club () formed in the first republican nation in Asia The Republic of China (). The Club was organized at the year-end of 1931 and was later admitted to Rotary International in spring 1932, but was regrettably terminated in 1950due to adverse political environment.There are still 4 Rotary clubs of Canton existing in the Rotary World, and they are all located in the United States of America:(1)Rotary Club of Canton, Ohio (1915) (2) Rotary Club of Canton, Illinois (1919)(3)Rotary Club of Canton, Georgia (1937)(4) Rotary Club of Canton, Michigan (1977)The Oriental Rotary Extension to South ChinaOn Saturday,15 November 1930, the Marco Polo of Rotary James W. Davidson, Honorary General Commissioner of Rotary International, visited Canton (Guangzhou) () of the Republican China together with his wife...

Why and How was The Rotary Foundation scholarships initiated in 1947 By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)1 November, 2016November 2016 isThe Rotary Foundation Month. The year 2017 will be the 100thAnniversary of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International, and will also be the 70thyear of the establishment of The Rotary Foundation scholarship program. Offering scholarships for overseas advanced studies improved so far one of the most successful educational programs of The Rotary Foundation.In the mid-1940s, wise Rotary leaders thought up of The Rotary Foundation Fellowships for Advanced Study. In January 1947 Rotarys founder Paul Harris died. This brought a flood of money gifts from Rotarians around the world for these Fellowships as a living memorial to Paul. In the beginning, this scholarship for graduate studies was named The Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellowship, awardees were called Paul Harris Fellows. Rotary International Past President Richard H. Wells,...

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Downloaded from the website of The Rotary Club of Ahuriri, Napier, New Zealand (RI District 9930): The First Meeting of RotaryThe 23rd February each year marks the anniversary since the Thursday of 23 February 1905 when Paul Harris, his friend and client Silvester Schiele, friend Gus Loehr and acquantance Hiram Shorey met in Gus's office in the Unity Building in Chicago, USA, in Room 711. Here is the account in Harris's own words. "On an occasion during the summer of 1900, Paul was invited to dine with a lawyer friend, who lived in Rogers Park, and after dinner he and his friend took a walk, during the course of which they called on several neighborhood stores and shops of various kinds and at each visit his friend introduced him to the proprietor. Paul was deeply impressed with the events of the evening walk. His host had evidently found a good many friends among the...

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The Rotary Call Name--First Name or Nickname By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)23 February, 2014It is very common, whenever you are going to fill in the registration form for convention or conference, you will be required to: Enter your name as you wish it to appear on your convention badge. Please mark your Rotary call name (Nickname) in the space provided. From the earliest days of Rotary, members have referred to each other on a first-name basis as the call name in the club. Since personal acquaintanceship and friendship are cornerstones of Rotary, it was named that many clubs adopted the practice of setting aside formal titles in conversations among members. Individuals who normally would be addressed as Doctor, Mister, Professor, the Honourable, Sir, or even CP, PP, etc., are regularly called Joe, Bob, Mary, Karen, or Charlie by other Rotarians. The characteristic Rotary club name badge...

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The World in 1945 when Rotary 40 Years Old By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 23 February, 2015 The year 1945 was the 40th Anniversary of Rotary since its inception in 1905. Rotary Clubs in all parts of the world enthusiastically observed the 40thbirthday of the founding of Rotary on 23rd February. Anniversary highlight was an international broadcast, participated in by President Emeritus Paul Harris, President of Rotary International Dick RichardWells (Pocatello, Idaho. U.S.A.)and Director Herald Trolle (Stockholm, Sweden), President of Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland Tom Rose (London, England), and Member of the Commission for the Organization of Rotary Clubs in the Far East Carl Carlsmith (Honolulu, Hawaii). Vice President John Ilott (New Zealand), and Past R.I. President Armando de Arruda Pereira (Brazil), who were to have taken part in the broadcast, were unable to do so because of technical difficulties. Their messages were presented in...

9-19--Hong Kong Rotarian Dr. Tseung Fat-Im Instrumental in forming the United College and the establishment of The Chinese University of Hong Kong By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 1 September 2017 Dr.Tseung Fat-Im (), O.B.E., K.St.J., LL.D., M.B., B.S., J.P., a Rotarian since 1937,was President 1947-1948 of the Rotary Club of Hong Kong (), and laterservedRotary International as Administrative Advisor 1958-1960 to a dozen plus ofnon-districted Rotary clubs located in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan. Duringhis office, he was the supervisorin the establishment of the brand new District 345 commencing 1 July 1960. In 1959-1961, Tseung also served Rotary International as one of the Asian Rotary Information and Extension Counsellors. Tseung was the fifth member from the Hong Kong Rotary Club to serve as Rotary International officer. The previous four were: (1) Dr. Chengting Thomas Wang (); (2) Dr. Li Shu-Fan ();(3) George Ernest Marden (); and (4)...

Rotary under the Communist Gunsa Taipei Rotary Club outpost of mercy thrives By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 1 August, 2017 In the January 1965 Issue ofThe Rotarianmagazine, there was a report from an American newspaper columnist Tom Dammann with such a title: Rotary Under the Communist Guns on Matsu within artillery range of Communist China, a Rotary outpost of mercy thrives. That was Toms observation on a medical aid project to the local community supported by The Rotary Club of Taipei().Prior to reading Toms report on the annex pages, it is better to learn more about the historical background on the reasons why such a medical post was so significantly needed which was resulted from the Taiwan Strait Crisis happened in the summer of 1958.Chinas civil war between the two parties was practically not ceased though the Communist had already controlled the entire Mainland.The Second Taiwan Strait Crisis 1958 ()The...

Some FIRSTs in District 3450 of Rotary InternationalBy Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)1January 2020District 3450 of Rotary International was inaugurated on 1 July 1960 when the code then was 3 digits of 345 only. Commencing 1 July 1991, all Rotary districts are to be identified with a 4-digit number system. This was initially accomplished by adding a zero at the end of each current District number. Since then, District 345 was changed to District 3450 until today.In 1960, the District 345 was originally compiled with 3 territories of the:(1) Chinese province Taiwan; (2) British Crown Colony Hong Kong; and (3) Portuguese Territory Macao. While Hong Kong and Macao were the 2 remaining territories since1 July 1987 allocated for self-development ofRotary, the independent nationMongolia (after 6.5 years of non-districted) later initiated to jointhe District 3450 on 1 July 2000.Further on, commencing 1 July 2013, the Chinese province Guangdong was...

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