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Rotary World
History of Rotary International

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The world's first service club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was formed on 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, an attorney who wished to capture in a professional club the same friendly spirit he had felt in the small towns of his youth. The Rotary name derived from the early practice of rotating meetings among members' offices.
Rotary's popularity spread, and within a decade, clubs were chartered from San Francisco to New York to Winnipeg, Canada. By 1921, Rotary clubs had been formed on six continents. The organization adopted the Rotary International name a year later.
As Rotary grew, its mission expanded beyond serving club members’ professional and social interests. Rotarians began pooling their resources and contributing their talents to help serve communities in need. The organization's dedication to this ideal is best expressed in its motto: Service Above Self.
By 1925, Rotary had grown to 200 clubs with more than 20,000 members. The organization's distinguished reputation attracted presidents, prime ministers, and a host of other luminaries to its ranks — among them author Thomas Mann, diplomat Carlos P. Romulo, humanitarian Albert Schweitzer, and composer Jean Sibelius.
 

The Four-Way Test
In 1932, Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor created The Four-Way Test, a code of ethics adopted by Rotary 11 years later. The test, which has been translated into more than 100 languages, asks the following questions:
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. Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?


Rotary and World War II
During World War II, many clubs were forced to disband, while others stepped up their service efforts to provide emergency relief to victims of the war. In 1942, looking ahead to the postwar era, Rotarians called for a conference to promote international educational and cultural exchanges. This event inspired the founding of UNESCO.
In 1945, 49 Rotary club members served in 29 delegations to the UN Charter Conference. Rotary still actively participates in UN conferences by sending observers to major meetings and covering the United Nations in its publications.
"Few there are who do not recognize the good work which is done by Rotary clubs throughout the free world," former Prime Minister Winston Churchill of Great Britain once declared.


Dawn of a new century
As it approached the 21st century, Rotary worked to meet society’s changing needs, expanding its service efforts to address such pressing issues as environmental degradation, illiteracy, world hunger, and children at risk.
In 1989, the organization voted to admit women into clubs worldwide and now claims more than 145,000 female members in its ranks.
After the collapse of the Berlin Wall and the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Rotary clubs were formed or re-established throughout Central and Eastern Europe. The first Russian Rotary club was chartered in 1990, and the organization underwent a growth spurt for the next several years.
More than a century after Paul Harris and his colleagues chartered the club that eventually led to Rotary International, Rotarians continue to take pride in their history. In honor of that first club, Rotarians have preserved its original meeting place, Room 711 in Chicago’s Unity Building, by re-creating the office as it existed in 1905. For several years, the Paul Harris 711 Club maintained the room as a shrine for visiting Rotarians. In 1989, when the building was scheduled to be demolished, the club carefully dismantled the office and salvaged the interior, including doors and radiators. In 1993, the RI Board of Directors set aside a permanent home for the restored Room 711 on the 16th floor of RI World Headquarters in nearby Evanston.
Today, 1.2 million Rotarians belong to over 32,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas.
 

 

 

WHAT'S NEW


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Rotarians Clean Up the Street
On Saturday April29th a dedicated group of Club members once again cleaned up Wyse Road in Dartmouth.  This bi-annual cleanup is now in it's seventh year.
 A record amount of garbage was collected which is always disappointing "come on people!!!"
A special thanks goes out to the volunteers from Leon's Furniture who worked along side of Rotarians.
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Beer, Beer & more Beer
Who knew that there was more to beer than a burp? Rotarian Ken McCormick gave a very good presentation on his industry: its past, present and future. How beer lovers are now matching beers to their favorite foods. The samples were enjoyed by all.
Christmas Dinners Delivered
Again this year the Rotary Clubs of Dartmouth and Dartmouth East collaborated to deliver Christmas Dinners to individuals & families in need. Thanks to "Stagger's Pub and Grub" for once again helping to make this event a success.

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DG Elva Heyge Addresses Club
On November 7th Elva Heyge our District Governor (DG) addressed our Club.  She opened with comments about what inspired her to commit her time to Rotary. It was an encounter with a Youth Exchange Student, before and after a youth exchange to Brazil that led her to go there on a Friendship Exchange.  While there she learned of a potential humanitarian project but it was too large to fund solely by her Club.  However, not to be daunted, she applied for and was successful in obtaining Rotary Foundation funding which made the project a reality.  The end result provided a tangible benefit to more than 400 children & their families in Brazil. For these reasons, our DG is a strong proponent of Youth Exchange, Friendship Exchange and the Rotary Foundation. DG Elva Heyge seen above with President Marg Chisholm.

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True Rotarian Awards
On November 7th DG Elva Heyge presented True Rotarian awards to Rotarians Jim Kirby and Dana Atwell.
October 24th Speakers
Dr. Alex Mitchell, general surgeon, and Adrienne Malloy CEO of the Darmouth General Hospital Foundation provided infornmation on the redevelopment of the Dartmouth General Hospital.  This project will not only benefit Dartmouth, but all of Halifax.
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October 17th Speaker
Luke MacDonald spoke to the club on with an update on three important initiatives:
1. The Sparks program to deploy stationary bikes into classrooms to foster active learning.
                                     Read More2. The Solar Hub project in Gambia, intended to make fun things possible through communication & connection.
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3. The Fit-It-Forward program which collects donations of used shoes & to purchase new, clearance priced shoes for the homeless and near-homeless in Halifax.
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October 3rd Speaker
Rey Peralta of the non-profit group Pasos de Esperanza from the Dominican Republic gave a presentation on his group's efforts. The group hosted Dartmouth High Students this year in the Dominican. Heather Hughes, Dartmouth High Liaison, is pictured with Rey as well as Rotarian Robert Earle, our International Chair.
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CURRENT PROJECTS

 
Guatemala Project Featured. 
Robert Earle is shown holding the September issue of the Rotarian magazine, in which our project in Guatemala is pictured...Read More

Hospice Halifax.
The six HRM Rotary Clubs have banded together to make a Hospice in Halifax a reality...Read More

DISTRICT TWEETS

 

The first four Rotarians: (from left) Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, Hiram Shorey, and Paul P. Harris Courtesy of Rotary Images

 

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