A wheel has
been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. The first design was
made by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver who drew a simple
wagon wheel, with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was
said to illustrate "Civilization and Movement." Most of the early
had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads.
Finally, in 1922, it was decided that all Rotary clubs should adopt a
single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. Thus, in 1923, the
present gear wheel, with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted by the
"Rotary International Association." A group of engineers advised that
the geared wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a
"keyway" in the center of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So, in
1923 the keyway was added and the design which we now know was formally
adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.