History of Rotary

Rotary was born in Chicago on 23rd February 1905. The Founding President was Rotarian Paul Harris.


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History of Rotary pages:

1910-1919

more The 1st World War Years

Presidents Theme 2021 / 2022

more theme

1960-1969

more Man went to the Moon and the era of Pop Music and Flower Power.

1950-1959

more The years of Rock and Roll,

1940-1949

more The beginning of The United Nations in 1945

The Birth of Rotary 1905

more 23rd February 1905

1930-1939

more The stock market crash of October 29, 1929 provided a dramatic end to an era of unprecedented, and unprecedentedly lopsided, prosperity. The consumer economy ground to a halt, and an ordinary recession became the Great Depression.

1920-1929

more The Roaring Twenties

1900-1909

more The Early Years of Rotary (1 page below this)

History of Rotary Themes

more History of The International Presidents Themes from 1980 through to the present day.