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Brief histories of the "First 100" Clubs

Rotary Club of Providence 22

Rotary International District 7950

 
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1905
The first Rotary Club is established in Chicago by Paul Percy Harris.

1908
The second Rotary Club is established in San Francisco.

1911 March 11
The Rotary Club of Providence is organized under the sponsorship
of the Rotary Club of Boston.

1911 July 17
The Providence club is formally elected as the 22nd member of the International Association of Rotary Clubs.

1912
Rotary becomes international with the formation of a club in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

1917
Willard I. Lansing becomes the first member of the Providence club to serve as District Governor; he later became a vice president of Rotary International.

1917
The Endowment Fund -- forerunner of The Rotary Foundation -- is established.

1918
The Providence club sponsors a new Rotary Club in Brockton. In future years our club sponsors Pawtucket (1920), Newport (1923), North Attleboro (1925), Cranston (1935), East Providence (1946), Westerly (1958) and Providence Sunrise (1996).

1918
The Providence Rotary Club provides the first Christmas Tree on the city’s Mall, along with donated gifts for over 2,000 underprivileged children.

1921
There are now Rotary clubs on every continent.

1921
Seventy-one members initiate the club’s bowling league, which continues to this day.

1922
The International Association of Rotary Clubs changes its name to Rotary International.

1923
The Four-Way Test of Things We Say and Do is formulated by Chicago Rotarian Herbert J. Taylor.

1942
The Providence Rotary Club contributes $2,808.93 for charitable purposes.

1945
Forty-nine Rotarians help draft the United Nations Charter in San Francisco.

1950
The motto Service Above Self is adopted at the Rotary International convention.

1953
The Rotary Charities Foundation is formed by the Rotary Club of Providence.

1954
There are 220 members in the club.

1971
The Providence club presents its first Paul Harris award.

1985
Rotary International adopts the Polio Plus program with the goal of eliminating polio throughout the world by 2005.

1987
Women are elected to the Rotary Club of Providence for the first time.

1996
The first Rotaract Club in Rhode Island is sponsored by our club at Johnson & Wales University.

2000
The Providence club sponsors, finances and helps build a Habitat for Humanity house.

2000
Elwood A. "Butch" Palmer receives a club award for 30 years of perfect attendance.

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

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