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Rotary Club of Edinburg #62
District 1020
Founded 23rd September 1912
No. 6 (Founder Club)
Rotary International in Great Britain and Ireland

The first 'Rotary Club' was founded by an American lawyer Paul P. Harris, in Chicago in February 1905. A newcomer to Chicago he wanted two things very badly - more friends and more business, and he hit on an idea which gave him both. He formed a small circle of similarly minded men, but took care to ensure that they all had different businesses so that there was no conflict of interest. This was the origin of the classification system. They met over the lunch hour one day a week rotating around each others offices, but soon the circle became too large for office meetings and regular lunches were substituted, but retaining the name 'Rotary Club'.

How do we know all this? Well, the foregoing account was given to us by Paul Harris himself on one of his visits to our club, for he had a special interest in Edinburgh as his wife whom he called 'Scotch Lassie Jean' was born and brought up here.

The San Francisco Club followed the Chicago one and a member of that club, Stuart Morrow, returned to Ireland and founded clubs in Dublin, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Liverpool and Birmingham. The Rotary Club of Edinburgh first met on the 23rd of September 1912. Stuart Morrow was our first secretary, and his successor was to have a profound effect on the Rotary movement.

Thomas Stephenson, known as Doctor Tom, took stock of Rotary and considered that the commercial advantages offered by being a Rotarian were not only a poor objective in themselves, but could well alienate new Rotarians. He, along with other office bearers in the club, took every opportunity to stress this to other clubs and he was instrumental in evolving the idea of 'service not self'. Soon, the commercial aspect of fellowship was abolished and replaced with the philosophy of service to the community. Dr Tom was also responsible for starting our Club bulletin in 1914 and the predecessor to the Rotary magazine in 1915.

Since then, Edinburgh has played an important part in Rotary in the UK, setting up in 1913 the British Association of Rotary Clubs and administering this until 1920. In 1921 the Edinburgh Club hosted a World Convention of Rotarians which included 1100 Americans.

The Edinburgh Club is among the biggest in Britain with over 150 members broadly from business, the professions, civil service, the clergy and the police.

          The visits of Paul Harris and Jean Thomson Harris to RC of Edinburgh

          Please see Rotarian Lucas' photos among the displays in our "Memorial" section

          More History of Edinburgh

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
Edinburgh is celebrating the 90th Anniversary on the 23rd September 2002 and, in addition to a Formal Dinner and Church Service, a special Presentation Envelope is being prepared.

A production of 500 Covers, showing views of Edinburgh Castle, and bearing a full set of the Queen's Jubilee Stamps (franked for the 23rd September) will be available at £10 (including postage & packing) for Overseas collectors. A small number will be signed by our Honorary member, HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and will be available at £25 (including postage & packing).

All enquiries to Derek Pape, 15 Kirk Park, Edinburgh EH16 6HZ. Cheques to The Rotary Club of Edinburgh.


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