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Brief histories of the "First 100" Clubs

Rotary Club of Boston #7

Rotary International District 7930

 

In 1933, 28 years after Rotary's birth, Paul Harris made a radio broadcast from Boston, Massachusetts, USA During the 1933 Rotary International convention from 23-30 June this broadcast was made. Listen, now, to the 1933 Boston Radio Broadcast by Paul Harris. Just click on the radio.  The broadcast is from Boston.  He mentions Rotarians from around the world listening to this broadcast, including China. Paul Harris states the Rotary philosophy. Harris speaks for about 6 minutes and tells the audience that if they have "Love for fellow 'man' in their hearts" they are potential Rotarians.  (Paul Harris recording courtesy of Rotary Global History member Art McCullough) *8,430 Rotarians attended the Boston 1933 Convention.

See the delegates to the first convention of Rotary in 1910, in Chicago when the National Association of Rotary Clubs was formed. Boston was a forming club and was there.

See our delegation at Rotary's 2nd convention in Portland, Oregon, USA in 1911. A rare, early Rotary Global History photo.
We are proud of our heritage as the 7th club formed worldwide, out of 32,000 currently!

There is a special role for the First 10 and the First 100 clubs within Rotary, and we are proud members of both groups!
100 Years of the Rotary Club of Boston

We honor those who have given us our rich heritage, to re-dedicate ourselves to the principles of service, fellowship and international understanding and to give impetus to another century of promotion of these fundamentals so sorely needed in the world today.

The spark of Rotary was generated in the pretty little New England town of Wallingford, Vermont. Hardly more than 100 miles from the spot of our 100th anniversary celebration, when Paul Harris was growing into manhood and later launched the “rotating” meetings in Chicago.

Edward L Holman, a Bostonian, attended a luncheon meeting of the parent club in Chicago. Returning to Boston, he communicated to his friend, John C Fennelly, his enthusiastic conviction that a similar club in Boston would be a good thing. Therefore, these two men invited twelve business and professional friends to meet for dinner in the Old Quincy House on Monday evening, the 27th of December, 1909. Two weeks later they met again, adopted a Constitution and By Laws, named their organization the Boston Rotary Club and established the dues at one dollar a month. Our club became the 7th Rotary Club in the world. We estimate that we have had over 5,000 members since then.

Our club has taken a leading part in the founding of many other clubs. It is the parent to nineteen, including such important Clubs as Hartford, Providence, Portland and New York, and is the grandparent or great, great grandparent of hundreds of other clubs.

In Paul Harris’s speech at the 1911 Convention in Portland, Oregon, he said “Now I am a little optimistic-I have thought this Rotary idea so great an idea that it might be permitted to extend beyond the confines of this country”. Mr. Harris announced that “Only a few days ago Mr. Harvey Wheeler, of Boston Rotary, reported to me that the Club had successfully started in London and unless we are interfered with in some way I have reason to believe that Mr. Wheeler will by next year have established a club in Paris. Glasgow, Melbourne, and Sydney soon followed.

In June, 1987 the club opened its doors to 24 women. Roberta Cantor became the first woman President of the Boston Rotary in June, ?1992.

The Rotary Club of Boston has been diligent in realizing the ideals of Rotary and in implementing its objectives. The club has a merited reputation for being a friendly Club. At every weekly meeting there are many visitors, including numerous International guests. The International Service Committee is alert to every opportunity to assure out-of-country visitors that they are heartily welcome at Rotary not only in Boston but in America. Special attention has been given to Rotary Fellows from afar attending our local educational institutions. These students are made guests not only at the luncheons of the club, but also at homes of individual members.

Among the stimulating speakers to address the Boston Club are men and woman whose very presence exalts high ethical standards and whose speeches dignify the various occupations and professions. Service projects both locally and international have varied over the years, but have always followed the ideal of “Service above Self”. In 1919, “the Great Idea” provided educational aid to boys and young men. In 1925, the Boston Rotary Trust was created for educational purposes. Thousands of deserving Boston students continues to benefit from these programs.

We are sincerely grateful to our neighboring clubs and districts for joining us tonight in celebration of 100 years of Rotary.

Submitted by RGHF member and 2009/10 Boston President Eileen O'Connell, RN Photo on left.

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Provided by RGHF senior historian Dr. Wolfgang Ziegler, Germany,  8 May 2009, posted by Jack Selway

Celebrated 12 2009 at
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Boston 7

Worcester 51

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