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Adventures in Service was first published in the last year of Paul Harris' life, 1946. It continued to be updated and printed for many years. This copy was acquired by Wolfgang Ziegler. For The "History of Rotary" Project it one constitutes a summary of our project in that it reflects the history and Rotary orientation of Paul Harris. This is the 5th printing of "Adventures in Service," published in 1950. Copyright Rotary International. Each image will enlarge for reading by clicking on the thumbnail.

Also see the 1976 edition of  "Adventures in Service."

Cover of the 62 page book Each book contained a portrait of Paul Harris This book was the personal copy of Herlof Gilboe of Great Falls, Montana, USA, D5390 "The story of Rotary its origin, growth and influence"
       
Copyright, 1949, by Rotary International - Table of Contents The Four Objects - Welcome, you're now one of nearly 350,000 "men" in 83 countries. We'll tell you how Rotary started. When this was published only Harry Ruggles was still living. He is quoted in this section.
       
Chicago's early public service, San Francisco, New York, Boston, the first convention with 14 clubs in attendance Ches Perry becomes secretary, the 2nd convention in Portland, Oregon USA and where was the 1000th club? Club #100 in Phoenix, Arizona. Ladies night in Egypt and a Palestinian club in Haifa that withstood 1948-49. The 1912 convention in Duluth, Minn was truly "international."
       
In 1911 Ches Perry edits and publishes 5,000 copies of "The National Rotarian." In 1933, the board authorizes "Revista Rotaria." Many pamphlets and a song book are available, and in several languages.(more on music history) It usually takes several weeks or months to find out how to belong, to be more than just a member.. There is an unwritten rule that when asked, a Rotarian will take part in his club's activities. There are also local and international meetings.
       
The annual convention, this one in Vienna in 1931 Involvement of your entire family and your attendance at meetings. When you are absent, members are deprived of your vocation.  -- The Four Way Test. A Rotary club must be an active force in the community
       
Rotary has a fine record of doing good work with children's issues. Work with crippled children becomes a Rotary cause. By 1927 our community work is found around the world The war years. Some clubs in China manage to remain active under difficult conditions.
       
A medical van in Shanghai and war ravaged Europe A Rotary Fellowship Plan is being formed when Paul Harris dies Rotary "Foundation Fellow" become a reality. Rotary's role in the forming of the United Nations
       
Rotary has an official and ongoing relationship with the United Nations The rapid 45-year growth of Rotary, and how Rotary International functions The reception room at the central offices of Rotary in Chicago The office of the secretariat, in Chicago and Zurich
       
"How to live and how to serve.." Your community will judge Rotary through you...    
 

 

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