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History of Rotary in Italy

Part of our section on the History of Rotary in Europe

Rotary International Zone 12 Districts Map

BRIEF HISTORY AND MILESTONES OF ROTARY INTERNATIONAL IN ITALY

1923: it is founded the first Rotary Club in Milano

1924: it is founded the second Rotary Club in Italy: RC Trieste

1925: in January Rotary Clubs are established in Rome, Turin, Naples, Palermo and Genoa; in March new Rotary Clubs are founded in Venice, Florence and Livorno (Leghorn). Again in June, the first Rotary Club of Bergamo is founded. In October Parma and Cuneo are the last targets of the year and a new Rotary Club is founded each city. In Milano it is also estabilished the first Rotary International District, called 46 and then 87. The first Governor was Mr. James Henderson, Rotary Club of Milan.

1938: November 14th, the Rotary National Council resolve the "auto-quitting", inviting Italian Rotary Clubs to stop every activity before December 31st.

1944: the Second World War is almost finished; Sicily is already free and Allied Troops are going to go straight to Rome. In Messina the first Italian Rotary Club after the conflict is opening.

1946: Rotary Club of Milano officially reconstitute its self. In the same year, it is given the First Official Assembly, called by Bossi, a lawyer and one of the founder of the Rotary Club Milano. The target is the rebuilding of Rotary District 46.

1949:
Italian Rotary is united under District 46; from this year the District became 87

1955: Italian Rotary is based on 4 Districts: 87 , 88, 92 and 93.

1957: on July the 1st, Italian Districts are still four but they changed in: 184, 186, 188 and 190.

1972: during year 1972, was founded District 187 (later called 207 and then 2070).

1973: in this year, District 183 was founded (later called 203 and in year 1991, 2030).

1977: District 184 changed its name in 204; 186 in 206, 187 in 207, 188 in 208 and 190 changed it in 210

1978: District 210 was split and 211 (later called 2110) was created.

1978-1979: From June 10 to 13 1979, R.C. Rome hosts the President Clem Renouf 's RI Convention

1984: District 208 was split and 209 (later called 2090) was created.

1985: District 204 was split and 205 (later called 2050) was created.

1995: District 2100 was split and District 2120 was created.

Nowadays Italy has 10 Districts (since year 2001) and they are: 2030, 2040, 2050, 2060, 2070, 2080, 2090, 2100, 2110 and 2120.

   
Italian Districts' genealogical tree  
   
Click here for detailed History of Rotary International in Italy - Provided by Pietro Brunoldi  
   
Provided and posted by Pietro Brunoldi - 23 June 2008   
   
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