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The Rotary Foundation Educational Programs Before 1970 By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 1November 2016 In this Rotary Year 2016-2017, our Rotary Foundation of Rotary International turns 100. That is a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that is definitely something worth celebrating. The Rotary Foundation is recognized as one of the most effective and well-managed charitable organizations in the world, with 12 consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator and an A-plus rating from CharityWatch. The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Since it was founded 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than US$4 Billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. Through our Foundation, Rotary members have supported thousands of projects to provide clean water, fight disease,...

Early History of The Rotary Foundation before 1950 By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 1 November 2016 In this Rotary Year 2016-2017, our Rotary Foundation of Rotary International turns 100. That is a century of Rotary members changing lives and improving communities all over the world. And that is definitely something worth celebrating. November is Rotary Foundation Month of Rotary International. The Rotary Foundation is recognized as one of the most effective and well-managed charitable organizations in the world, with 12 consecutive four-star ratings from Charity Navigator and an A-plus rating from Charity Watch.The mission of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty. Since it was founded 100 years ago, the Foundation has spent more than US$4 billion on life-changing, sustainable projects. Through our Foundation, Rotary members have...

Stories Behind The Four-Way Test By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian) 1January 2016 January is the Vocational Service Month of Rotary. It may be the right time for all of us to review and to observe one of the guiding principles of the Rotary Movement world-wide. These principles have been developed over the years to provide Rotarians with a strong, common purpose and direction. They serve as a foundation for our relationships with each other and the action we take in the world.The Four-Way Test () is a non-partisan and non-sectarian ethical guide for Rotarians to use for their personal and professional relationships. The Test has been translated into more than 100 languages, and Rotarians recite it at club meetings:Of the things we think, say or do 1. Is it the TRUTH? 2. Is it FAIR to all concerned? 3. Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS? 4....

The Washington Conference 1921-1922 The Stage of the American and Chinese Rotarian Statesmen in making Peace on Earth By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)23February 2017 Commencing the Year 2015-2016, Rotary International has designated February to be Peace and Conflict Prevention/ Resolution Month. Ninety-five years ago in February, this mission was practically carried out by the American and Chinese Rotarian statesmen on the stage of The Washington Conference in the winter of 1921-1922--a significant international and political disarmament conference of the early 20th Century. The Conference convener was the United States President Warren G. Harding who was a Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Washington D.C. On the other hand, there was a Shanghai Rotarian being one of the plenipotentiaries of Chinas delegation: Dr. V.K. Wellington Koo (). Due to the participation of such a remarkable political conference by Rotarians,The Rotarianmagazine invited a guest writer George W. Harris to give...

By Will R. Manier, Jr., Nashville Rotary Club, Tennessee, U.S.A.June 1936 (Rotary International President 1936-1937) Great as was his vision and fine as has been his contributions to our Rotary movement, Paul Harris never dreamed Rotary in a single dream, but Rotary has been an evolution, a composite, of many mens thinking.Our conception of Vocational Service, like everything else in Rotary, has, too, been an evolution. Curiously enough, the earlier Rotary clubs, such as the Chicago Club and the others of the first sixteen, each had an official who was known as a statistician whose duty it was each week to compile the orders which the various members had given to and received from each other, and many of the earlier Rotary meetings were devoted to scolding the members because they didnt trade with each other. Certainly, at the earlier conventions, a very important part of those conventions was when the Rotarians...

Chinese Rotarian Dr. V. K. Wellington KooThe first Man signed the United Nations Charter 1945 By Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)26 June 2020 The year of 2020 marks the 75th Anniversary ofThe United Nations. Created 75 years ago in the ashes of World War II, the United Nations today remains true to its founding mission: to bring nations and peoples together to preserve peace and security, and improve lives everywhere. Equality and the dignity of all people remain its guiding principles, enshrined in the The United Nations Charter, signed in San Francisco, U.S.A.,on 26 June 1945. The Charter was first constituted and signed by representatives from 50 countries. The first man affixed his signature on the Charter was a Chinese Rotarian from Shanghai, Dr. V. K. Wellington Koo (), Chinas longest-serving diplomat and three-time Ambassador to the United States. Shanghai Rotary Club Honorary Rotarian Dr. V. K. Wellington Koo...

The First 75 Years of Rotary in AsiaBy Herbert K. Lau () (Rotary China Historian)1 June 2019 There is one fact that stands out clear and huge as Mount Olympus, or Fujiyama for that matter, and that is the fact that all countries need all other countries; not one of them can be spared. We need not be jealous of each others achievements; we may glory in them because in the end they will redound to our own good if we will but be sensible.~ Paul P. Harris wrote in 1935 upon his return from his Pacific tour1918 1994 The story of Asia may be dated back to June 1918. In his annual report to the Board of Directors of International Association of Rotary Clubs (IAoRC) (forerunner of Rotary International), Secretary Chesley R. Perry wrote: We have recently received word that the Rotary Club of Hong Kong, China, has been organized through...

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