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Brief histories of the "First 100" Clubs

Rotary Club of Vancouver 61

Rotary International District 5040

It was in the late fall of 1912 that Bela W. Smith, the President of the Minneapolis Rotary Club was holidaying in Vancouver and called on J. B. Giffen the manager of R. G. Dun  Company to introduce the idea of Rotary. Giffen immediately demonstrated an interest and contacted four colleagues, W. O. Webster, Geo. Harrison, John D. Kearns, and Daniel Hocking.

 

Bela Smith alerted the Seattle Club that "Vancouver was ready for Rotary" and L. F. Allen the secretary there, came to Vancouver to discuss Rotary with Giffen and his associates. As a result of this visit the Vancouver Club was organized on the evening of Saturday, March 8, 1913, when a Seattle delegation of eleven Rotarians led by Ernst Skeel gave a banquet at the Elysium Hotel for nineteen Vancouver men. A decision was reached to proceed.

 

 

On March 14th, the first solo meeting of the club was held with 32 members present. The first speaker being J. W. Pogue of London, England, who spoke on "Rotarianism". A Roster of members was prepared and soon an application was made to affiliate with the International Association of Rotary Clubs.

 

The Charter and the official recognition of the Rotary Club of Vancouver, was presented at a luncheon on April 22, 1913. The Roster of the day listed 94 members, a recruiting accomplishment unequalled in our history. There was little doubt that "Vancouver was ready for Rotary".

 

The "Spirit" of Rotary had taken hold and following the efforts of President Harrison, and J. B. Giffen, the Rotary Club of Victoria was launched on the evening of November l5, 1913.

 

The early meetings of the Vancouver Club followed the pattern set by the parent Club in Chicago and luncheons were held at the places of business of the members. This rotation of the luncheon venue gave the rise to the "Rotary" name of the Association. Early luncheons were held in a Greenhouse among the flowers, in a Fish Processing plant and at the new Birks building on the occasion of its opening. It was not long, however, before it was decided to hold the regular Tuesday luncheons at a suitable hotel.

 

By August of 1913, the membership had grown to 130 and a delegation attended the annual International Convention held in Buffalo, New York. It was at this convention that J. B. Giffen, was elected a Director of the International Association,  the first Canadian to be so honoured.

 

Thus began a period of great service rendered to the International Association by members of the Vancouver Club.

 

See Also the entire history at this website.

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