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Brief histories of Rotary's First 100 Clubs

Rotary Club of Dayton 47

Rotary International District 6670

1910-1919
On May 27, 1912, 16 Daytonians met with Russell Geiner, President of the Kansas City Club in the ballroom of the Dayton Club. Among them were Scott Pierce to become the Club's first President (and a near relative of Barbara Bush) and James Woodhull whose legacy initiated the endowment fund for our club.

The Provisional Club received its full membership as Club No. 47 in the International Association of Rotary Clubs with proper charter presentation ceremonies on June 2, 1913.

While the Club was still in a provisional status, the Miami River, with appalling suddenness, burst itsdayton flood.jpg (22887 bytes) bounds (photo on right, click for enlargement) on Tuesday, March 25, 1913. Among those who rallied to help were the Rotarians, both from Dayton and other clubs in the United States and Canada. After the debris was cleared, practically all Dayton Rotarians joined the effort to raise two million dollars to finance flood protection measures which resulted in the massive earthen dam at strategic points up and down the Miami Valley.

During the flood, aid in the form of money, supplies and medicine was received from Cincinnati, Portland, Oregon and Winnipeg, Canada, to name a few. A total of $4,200 of financial aid was disbursed without a cent going to any Rotarian. Each employee of a Rotarian suffering a severe loss was given $100 worth of household goods. This money was contributed by his Rotarian employer.

Among individual Rotarians performing extraordinary services were Dr. H.H. Herman, physician at National Cash Register, where 700 refugees were brought in. The following day he had the assistance of 42 doctors and 74 nurses from Cincinnati and they treated 1,700 people. Major Robert L. Hubler assumed military command of the city, feeding 21,000 people daily.

The new form of city administration with a City Manager as the chief executive was instituted in October, 1914 with special tribute to Rotarians J.A. Oswald and Lee W. James. Colonel Henry Waite was hired at a salary of $25,000. Dayton was the first city in the United States to use the City Manager form of government.

Famous Rotarians A famous member was Orville Wright of the Wright Brothers, first men of flight 

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Ohio with 6 First 100 Clubs

D6670 Cincinnati 17 1910

D6630 Cleveland 18 1911

D6690 Columbus 38 1912

D6600 Toledo 44 1912

D6670 Dayton 47 1912

D6670 Springfield 98 1914

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