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HISTORY OUTLINE ANNIVERSARY DATES First 100 Clubs of Rotary International FIRST100-CENTENNIALS CLUBS 1 -100
ALPHABETICAL LIST ANNIVERSARIES CENTENNIAL BELL OTHER 100'S LANDMARK CLUBS ROTARY/One
CANADA THE UK CLUBS OF RIPS CONVENTION CLUBS RI 50TH ANNIV. DISTRICTS
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Brief histories of the "First 100" Clubs

Rotary Club of Birmingham 56 (also see convention host club Birmingham, England)

Rotary International District 6860

The Rotary Club of Birmingham is one of the oldest and largest Rotary clubs in existence and enjoys a leadership role in the worldwide Rotary organization. Two of our members, Roy Hickman and Frank Spain, served as President of Rotary International and former member Les Wright was the first Chairman of the PolioPlus Campaign.

The Rotary Club of Birmingham has been a gathering place for community and business leaders for over 88 years. Among its 550 members are CEO's and senior executives from leading companies, doctors, judges, lawyers, accountants, architects, bankers, engineers, trade association executives, business owners, college presidents and professors, government officials, scientists, and members of the clergy. Like the members of Rotary International, Birmingham Rotarians are united to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Organization and Early Days

While visiting his brother in Denver, Harry B. Wheelock, a leading architect, learned of a new movement among men of good will. He called a half dozen friends and kindred spirits at the old Turn-Verein Hall to discuss this new thing called Rotary that was spreading out of Chicago. Those present carefully compiled a list of business and professional men whose lives and purposes and personal philosophies were regarded as having already made them Rotarians in all but this new name. The club charter was granted February 6, 1913, making it the 56th club in the world of Rotary International.

From the beginning the club has grown in membership and purpose. Perhaps nothing better illustrates the fact that the original Rotary Club of Birmingham was one of strong individuality and composed of rugged individualists than the picture of the safari in August, 1913 to Atlanta.

Out of it, incidentally, grew the Atlanta Rotary Club as a part of Birmingham's still-famed evangelistic fervor. On the date given what was then the Atlanta Ad Club was visited en masse by the members of the Rotary Club of Birmingham. Shortly after that the Atlanta Club was organized from a nucleus provided by that Ad Club. That Birmingham's Rotary Club is number 56 and Atlanta's is number 79 should moreover, set forever at rest any avowal on the latter's part that Birmingham never preceded them in anything. It did in Rotary!

Other cities which similarly profited from Birmingham's evangelism in Rotary are recorded by previous historians as Montgomery, Nashville, Memphis, Savannah, Macon, Tampa, Mobile and Augusta.

Later, when the Rotary International permitted clubs in smaller cities than these, Birmingham took its place of helpfulness in Selma, Ensley, Bessemer, and many others.

US President Woodrow Wilson was an honorary member of the club.   (Wilson Obituary)

Frank Spain was president of Rotary International in 1951.

 

 

Roy D. Hickman was president of RI in 1972

 

 

Alabama First 100 Clubs

Birmingham 56

Montgomery 86

 

HISTORY OUTLINE ANNIVERSARY DATES First 100 Clubs of Rotary International FIRST100-CENTENNIALS CLUBS 1 -100
ALPHABETICAL LIST ANNIVERSARIES CENTENNIAL BELL OTHER 100'S LANDMARK CLUBS ROTARY/One
CANADA THE UK CLUBS OF RIPS CONVENTION CLUBS RI 50TH ANNIV. DISTRICTS
REGIONS COUNTRIES HISTORY CALENDAR ROTARY GLOBAL HIST. DAY Census Study DIST, CLUBS, & COUNTRIES

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