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London was the home Club to Sydney Pascall, RI President 1931-1932

From the Ziegler Collection


History of London, by Ray Wiggins  -  First Rotary Fellowship -  First European President 

President Pascall on "themes"  - Early Clubs of London  - Clubs of RIBI
 


Sydney Pascall, Rotary Club of London, President of Rotary International in 1931.   
 

An Essay on PRIP Pascall  
Pascall's president's Page

It was Sydney Pascall who first began to plant "Goodwill Trees" in his travels in 1931-32 Paul and Jean Harris then planted dozens more in the next ten years or so. see www.friendshiptrees.org


The History of RC of London

The man responsible for the chartering of the Rotary Club of London was Arthur Bigelow. Arthur was a native of Canada who had lived in the U.S.A. for a number of years and who came to the United Kingdom in 1903. He was associated with Harvey C. Wheeler in the creation of the Initial Towel Supply Company, The Limited Carrier Company and The Initial Tea Company.

Harvey, a member of the Rotary Club of Boston, described Rotary to Arthur who began to get together a group of men ...   THE STORY

More Than one Club in a Community? Yes! Says Stanley Leverton, Past President, Rotary Club of London, England: I AM in entire agreement with the formation of more than one Rotary Club in a large community, but I am unalterably opposed to breaking up any large Club to gain that end. To interfere with the size, the prestige, and the collective strength of the large and influential Clubs,,,, STORY

See also the question of Extensions by our staff

John Garrett, with Levertonís Help, forms First Fellowship:  In 1947, Brixton (London, England) Rotarian John. G. Garrett wanted to sail his yacht under the Rotary flag. His sail maker was willing to sew a burgee bearing the Rotary wheel, and he wanted permission to fly it from his masthead. CLICK FOR THE STORY


The Early History:

Rotary Club (s) of London

 

Vivian Carter's 1947 publication entitled "The Romance of Rotary in London" may firstly need explaining as to its title. Carter bases the title on the writings of G K Chesterton who wrote: "to be born into this earth is to be born into a romance".

Carter, thus, wanted to write the story of London Rotary Club
... STORY

 

 

New Direction in Social Welfare

 

A new direction of Social Welfare Policy for the new post war Britain was first announced at a meeting of the Rotary Club of London in 1940. The Beveridge Report was first welcomed by Government Minister Ernest Bevin to enthusiastic Rotarians and signaled that Rotary was now a recognized community force to those in power.
 

13th Anniversary event, with RI secretary Ches Perry in attendance. Courtesy of Dr. Wolfgang Ziegler


Also see:

Early history of London Clubs

Paul Harris Visits London

The beginning of Rotary Fellowships

The "Beveridge" Report

More than one club in each city?

Clubs of RIBI (Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland)

RIBI Club Organized RI Charter Date RI Club # RIBI #
Dublin 22 February 1911  1 May 1913 65 1
London 3 August 1911 1 August 1912 50 2
Belfast 24 July 1911 1 May 1913 67 3
Manchester 1 August 1911 1 May 1913 66 4
Glasgow  March 1912 1 April 1913 60 5
Edinburgh 23 September 1912 1 May 1913 62 6
Liverpool 1 August 1913  1 August 1913 80 7
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