Paul Harris, a stranger in Chicago, had befriended a local, Bob Frank, who impressed Paul Harris with his knowledge of the local area and his friendship with many of the local business proprietors.
Paul eventually persuaded a number of business associates to consider the idea of forming an organisation where young professionals could meet socially. The first meeting of the business associates Paul Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey took place in Loehr’s office in downtown Chicago when they decided to formalise the arrangements and form an organisation.
That fateful meeting is considered to be the first meeting of the organisation that has grown to be the worldwide organisation of Rotary International.
In 1998, at the instigation of Rotarian Alan Clark, the Rotary club of
Rayleigh Mill invited a number of clubs in their immediate area to join them in
commemorating this momentous occasion.
In the years since then, until the Covid pandemic, the meeting became a regular annual event, hosted by a number of clubs in rotation, at which the members of the participating clubs were happy to get together to renew old acquaintances, compare notes and enjoy the fellowship of fellow Rotarians.
With the threat of Covid hopefully banished to the past, the members of the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill were anxious to revive this popular get-together and, through the auspices of their Social Secretary, Alec Gibb, the club arranged a Founders Night Meeting at Saxon Hall, Southend on Monday 22nd January when District President, Dave Willis joined members from Rayleigh Mill, Rochford, Westcliff, Wickford, Manningtree Stour Valley and Hadleigh Castle to enjoy an excellent meal in convivial company and listen to an extremely detailed talk on the history of the Avro Vulcan VX264 and the Vulcan Society.
The table-plan mixed members from different clubs and all Rotarians who attended took the opportunity to get re-acquainted with old friends, compare notes, and establish new friendships. The evening was an undoubted success with all who attended enjoying the friendship and fellowship that was the original intention of that meeting on 23rd February 1905 and looking forward to the next Founders night in 2025.
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill pays tribute to those who have given their lives in combat
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill proudly presents a fabulous night of drag, music and comedy, raising funds for 'Big Purple Pants'
more Thursday 30th November saw Rayleigh High Street packed with thousands of the people of Rayleigh, there to enjoy the much-anticipated Christmas Lights Switch-on Ceremony.
more all thanks to the Rotary Student Exchange scheme
more Thursday 24th August saw the members and friends of the golfing fraternity of the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill meet up at Ballard’s Gore Golf Club to compete in the annual Club Golf Championship.
more The members of the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill were on hand on Saturday 25th of November when Hockley Parish Council staged their rejuvenated Christmas Lights Switch-on Ceremony with a stall submerged in children’s Christmas toys
more Monday July 17th saw the changeover to the new regime at the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill and the outgoing President recognising some of the members for their outstanding work during his year in office.
more The Nautical Expeditionary Branch of the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill conducts a recce patrol to Osea Island on the Thames Barge “Hydrogen”
more The competition took place at Three Rivers Golf Club Jubilee Course on 27th July when members and friends enjoyed a not-too-serious day of golf for the Paul Wellman Trophy. The trophy is presented annually in memory of one of our past members
more In October last year the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill planted 4,000 crocus corms in the area to mark World Polio Day
more Since 1979 when a Rotarian, with the backing of Rotary International, started a multi-year project to immunize 6 million children in the Philippines, Rotarians all over the world have been involved in the End Polio Now campaign to totally eliminate polio.
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill held its popular annual Charity Golf Tournament on Monday 15th August at the Rochford Hundred Golf Club
more In memory of former Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill Rotarian Howard Pannell who passed away on 10th January 2022.
more Together with local schools, we are planting purple crocuses to raise awareness of the campaign to eradicate polio from the world.
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill responds to the #BillionSeedChallenge by donating spring bulbs to Kingsdown School
more Friday 20th May saw a number of foolhardy members of the Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill venture out to Three Rivers Golf and Country Club at Stow Maries to contest the club’s annual Paul Wellman Memorial Trophy.
more For many years, the intense rivalry between Rochford Rotary Club and the young up-start Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill has found its outlet in the annual tussle to win the golf competition for the coveted Tony Bakonyvari Golf Trophy
more The Rotary Club of Rayleigh Mill's annual club golf championship was held on 17th September at Warley Park Golf Club
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