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:


more The 1st World War Years

Presidents Theme 2021 / 2022

more theme


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


more The years of Rock and Roll,


more The beginning of The United Nations in 1945

The Birth of Rotary 1905

more 23rd February 1905


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.


more The Roaring Twenties


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.