Speaker Michael Dynes. Host Peter Calvert

Tue, Feb 23rd 2021 at 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

On this Rotary Day, Michael returned to give us his talk on the History of Rotary.


Michael recounted the early life of the founder Paul Harris, who was born on 19th April 1868.  He did not have a very happy early life and did not like school.  He went to live with his grandparents in a small town and after school he went to Vermont Military Academy, followed by Princeton University.  He then went to Iowas to study law, graduating in 1891.

For 5 years he worked for George Clark, travelling round USA and setting up businesses for him.  In 1896 he arrived in Chicago and set up his law firm.  There he met other like-minded businessmen and set up an informal networking arrangement, which used to meet at each others businesses.  

They formed a club in Chicago and expanded the membership, subsequently branching out into other cities.  Henry Ruggles was one of the early pioneers, along with Don Carter and Chesney Perry.

The detailed history can be found in the Global History Fellowship on the R I website.

'What We Do' Main Pages:

Rotary Club of Seaburn works with communities overseas, mostly through The Rotary Foundation.

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Rotary International's big effort to rid the world of this crippling disease started in 1985. We are so close to completing the job. Just one last push!

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'We're for Communities' and work within our local community, whose assistance and support we value greatly.

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Activities include working with schools,Youth Competitions, Rotary Youth Leadership Award scheme, our Interact Club, Rotakids clubs and much more.

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We follow this avenue of service by helping in schools in a variety of ways. We also have speakers who tell us about their occupations.

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Former Rotary Club of Seaburn Satellite Club, which was formed into a separate Rotary Club SR1.

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This committee is concerned with the administration of the club. It incorporates: House; Registrar; Fellowship; Programme; Sport. The President Elect is usually the chairman of the committee, with other members taking a lead in each particular activity.

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A collage of the seven cards we have on offer for sale in 2020.

Each year a new card is painted by Rotarian Randle Oliver. These are sold to friends as well as other Rotary club members to raise funds for Rotary Foundation and other charities, including our own Benevolent Fund.

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This new community venture opened in August 2017. The meetings are held at 2.00 pm on the last Wednesday each month.

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Redby Rotakids with their charter and Rotarians

Redby Academy Rotakids were excited to received the charter on 17th May 2016

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Rotary's main purpose is to encourage and nurture volunteerism locally, nationally and internationally. We have an active Membership Committee and would like to hear from anyone interested in finding out more about Rotary.

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The Rotary Club of Seaburn received a banner award in recognition of its generous support of Rotary Foundation, being the 3rd highest donor in Rotary North East. It demonstrates the club's commitment to Doing Good in the World.

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