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Brief histories of the "First 100" Clubs

Rotary Club of Denver 31

Rotary International District 5450

 
Colorado State Recognition

Recognition (above) of Rotary in Colorado

 

The Rotary Club of Denver

The Rotary Club of Denver is one of the largest Rotary Clubs in the world and was chartered by Rotary International on December 9, 1911, as the world’s 31st Rotary club, hence the nickname “Club 31.” Today, there are over 33,000 Rotary Clubs worldwide, in 200 countries and geographical regions, with over 1.2 million members. The club was incorporated in the state of Colorado on January 16, 1930.

Denver was home to Paul Harris' parents until their deaths and where Paul himself was a reporter in the 1890's.

 

Denver 31 was host to the 17th convention of Rotary International in 1926, the 32nd in 1941, and the 57th in 1966

A 75th Anniversary History, by PDG Bill Hornby
The "75th" is a respectable birthday for an institution in the West, since Denver itself is but 125 years old. If Denver Rotarians wish to contemplate longevity, they can reflect that as a club they have existed well more than half the life of Denver, and for practically all of the period in which it could by any definition be termed a modern city. MORE...
 

A History, briefly summarized, of the Rotary Club of Denver 

HancockDecember 1, 1911: The Rotary Club of Denver was awarded its charter as the 31st Club within the Rotary world. Denver in 1911 was “a major American city, one of the top 25 in population in the nation. In the 50 years since its frontier founding, 213,000 had settled at our Platte River Gateway to the central Rocky Mountains.” Gratton E. Hancock, a typewriter salesman and first president of Denver Rotary, responded to the need of business and professional men for better communication among themselves. “They wanted to regain the sense of acquaintance and community they had left in the hometown settings of youth.” They wanted a “better forum for effecting civic causes.”  

This was the beginning of a tradition of “Service Above Self”... MORE...

Photo of Hancock, RI Archives
 
1911-2001 PDF with pictures
 
 

Colorado club history Clubs

Rotary Club of Pueblo 43

Rotary Club of Denver 31

 
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