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Friendship Trees

 

An important part of Paul Harris' love of mankind is told, here, in the "The Friendship Trees of Paul Harris" inspired by Jim Buffington of RC of Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA

FRIENDSHIP TREES

First Tree (Pascall)
The Story of the Trees
Trees that survived conflict
1st Harris Tree (ComelyBank)
An Essay from Valparaiso
TREES
Trees That Need Information
Africa
Asia
Australia & New Zealand
Europe
Latin America
North America
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Photos from the Harris Study
Rotary Peace & Friendship Monuments
"Giant Trees from little Acorns Grow."Paul Harris, 1933,radio address from Boston

The fact is thatSydney Pascall, RI president in 1931 was the first president to plant a tree during apresidential visit.In 'The Rotarian' in July 1932, Sydney Pascall wrote: "Before I left London for my round the world club visitations, Paul Harris, revered founder of Rotary, suggested that a most appropriateway of symbolizing the Rotary idea would be the planting of trees.

 

I started this observance in the National Botanical Gardens at Cape Town, and since then I have planted more than 30 trees, while 22 others have been set out by Mrs Pascall, our daughter, and mayors and Rotary leaders.Let us hope that our active pursuit of friendship among the nations may be symbolized by these trees.

 

We recall the saying; 'and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.'May it be so."

 

But, it was Paul and Jean Harris who created a friendship garden at their home,Comely Bank, in Chicago. In the 1930's they were invited by the board of directors to visit many Rotary conventions and gatherings around the world. In nearly 50 places that the project has been able to find, the Harris' planted trees. Some even survived wars, some did not, but were replanted. (reprint from the April 2007 issue ofThe Rotarian, upper left) The purpose of this section of our history project is to show the growth of Rotary from the fellowship and love of one Rotarian to another.

 

You'll read some of Harris' writing and read of his travels. In the story of the trees is part of the story of the greatness of Rotary itself.Jack M. B. Selway,Founder Rotary Global History

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"It is not good that the man should be alone" hence I took Jean with me and her presence shed its customary glow over every picture." From Peregrinations, Volume II "We Become Pacific-Ocean Minded" by Paul P. Harris, President Emeritus, Rotary International - copyright1937, Jean T. Harris,

courtesy of the Rotary International Archives

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