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Rotary Club of Spokane 21*

Rotary International District 5080

 
Rotary Global History Fellowship Day
 

Spokane, Washington, USA

 About the middle of February, 1911, Ernst L. Skeel, a Seattle Rotary club charter member, and at that time, the secretary of the Seattle club, came to Spokane to discuss with a gathering the possibilities of starting a club in Spokane. Not all 26 present joined the new club, but the application was made for membership in what was then the National Organization of Rotary Clubs of America.

On July 24, 1911, the National Organization advised the Board of Directors that Spokane, with 20 members, became the 21st club in Rotary and 4th in the Northwest. Since that early date of being sponsored by the Seattle club, Club 21 has gone on to sponsor 12 other Rotary clubs. The first was Walla Walla in 1919. The last to be sponsored was Rotary South in 1972. In between were Coeur d'Alene, Wallace, Spokane Valley, Pullman, Colfax, Spokane North, Spokane Hillyard, Cheney, Spokane East, and Spokane West.

 Club 21 has had eight members serve as District Governor. One, Fred K. Jones, went on to be an International Director in 1945-46.

Spokane was officially chartered by RI on 17 July 1911 and was given the number 21. Hartford Connecticut was chartered on 14 July but was given the number 26. Both clubs use #21. See archives
 

See our delegation at Rotary's 2nd convention in Portland, Oregon, USA in 1911. A rare, early Rotary Global History photo.

Club 21 History Page: http://www.rotaryspokane.com/hx.html
Club 21 Main Page: http://www.rotaryspokane.com/
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