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Find this year s Rotary theme,

at the bottom of this page

 

 

Also see the history of the Rotary International - International Assembly

*"Stone" Memorial Stone at the Paul Harris Memorial and Presidential Walkway www.paulharrismemorial.org

 

Rotary Year

RI President/

(Pres- Home Club)

Theme

Theme

Graphic

1910
Stone

None

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1910-11

None

None

1911-12

None

None

1912-13 
Stone

None

None

1913-14

None

None

1914-15

None

None

1915-16

None

None

1916-17

None

None

1917-18

None

None

1918-19

None

None

1919-20 
Stone

None

None

1920-21

None

None

1921-22

None

None

1922-23

None

None

1923-24

None

None

1924-25

None

None

1925-26

None

None

1926-27

None

None

1927-28

None

None

1928-29

None

None

1929-30

None

None

1930-31

None

None

1931-32

None

None

1932-33

None

None

1933-34

None

None

1934-35

None

None

1935-36

None

None

1936-37

None

None

1937-38

None

None

1938-39

None

None

1939-40

None

None

1940-41

None

None

1941-42

None

None

1942-43

None

None

1943-44

None

None

1944-45

None

None

1945-46

None

None

1946-47

None

None

1947-48

Enter to Learn, go forth to serve.

None

1948-49

None

None

1949-50

Objectives of Our Team for 1949-50: 1. Each new member admitted into a Rotary club to be adequately informed about his duties and obligations BEFORE his induction -- properly introduced to the club -- and effectively assimilated into the work of the club during the first year;  2. A better understanding and application of the principles of Vocational Service as set forth in SERVICE IS MY BUSINESS; 3. A contribution to world understanding and peace through an intensification of our international service program; 4. An outstanding district conference in every district.

 

1950-51

Goals for 1950-51: 1. In club service we must beget our heirs; 2. in vocational service honesty is still the best policy; 3. In community service we can plan for the future; 4. In international service we must reexamine our world; 5. And finally we can extend the influence of Rotary.

 

1951-52 
Stone

Frank E. Spain
(Greensboro (Birmingham), Alabama, USA)

None

None

1952-53

H.J. Brunnier
(San Francisco,California, USA)

None

None

1953-54

Rotary is Hope in Action

 

1954-55 
Stone

Six Objectives 
for 1954-55:
1. glean from the past and act; 
2. share with others; 
3. build with Rotary s 4-Way Test; 
4. serving youth; 
5. international good will; 6. good Rotarians are good citizens.

1955-56

A. Z. Baker
(Cleveland, Ohio, USA)

Develop our Resources

1956-57

3 Targets 1956-57: 
1. Keep Rotary simple; 2. More Rotary in Rotarians; 
3. Learn More About Each Other

1957-58

Enlist-Extend-Explore-Serve

1958-59

Clifford A. Randall
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)

Help Shape the Future

1959-60

Vislize!  Personalize!  Build Bridges of Friendship

1960-61

You are Rotary -- Live It!  Express It!  Expand It!

1961-62

Act
Aim for Action
Communicate for Understanding
Test for Leadership

1962-63

Kindle the Spark Within

1963-64
Stone

Meeting Rotary s Challenge in the Space Age

1964-65

Live Rotary

1965-66

Action, Consolidation and Continuity

1966-67

A Better World Through Rotary

1967-68

Make Your Rotary Membership Effective

1968-69
Stone

Participate!

1969-70

Review and Renew

 

1970-71

Bridge the Gaps

1971-72

Good Will Begins With You

1972-73

Roy D. Hickman
(Birmingham,Alabama, USA)

Let s Take a New Look -- And Act

1973-74

William C. Carter
(Old Windsor, Berkshire, England)

A Time for Action

1974-75 
Stone

Renew the Spirit of Rotary

1975-76

To Dignify the Human Being

1976-77

I Believe in Rotary

1977-78

Serve to Unite Mankind

1978-79

Reach Out

1979-80 
Stone

Let Service Light the Way

1980-81

Take Time to Serve

1981-82

World Understanding and Peace Through Rotary

1982-83

Mankind is One -- Build Bridges of Friendship Throughout the World

1983-84

Share Rotary -- Serve People

1984-85

Discover a New World of Service

1985-86

You are the Key

1986-87

Rotary Brings Hope

1987-88

Rotarians -- United in Service- Dedicated to Peace

1988-89

Royce Abbey
(Melbourne, Vic. Australia)

Put Life into Rotary -- Your Life

1989-90

Enjoy Rotary!

1990-91

Honor Rotary with Faith and Enthusiasm

1991-92 
Stone

Look Beyond Yourself

1992-93

Real Happiness is Helping Others

1993-94

Believe in What You Do -- Do What You Believe in

1994-95 
Stone

Be a Friend

1995-96

Act with Integrity
Serve with Love
Work for Peace

1996-97

Build the Future with Action and Vision

1997-98

Glen W. Kinross
(Hamilton, Qld, Australia)

Show Rotary Cares for your community for our world for its people

1998-99

Follow Your Rotary Dream

1999-00

Rotary 2000: Act with Consistency, Credibility, Continuity

2000-01 
Stone

Create Awareness Take Action

 2001-02

Mankind is Our Business

 2002-03

Sow the Seeds of Love

2003-04

 

Jonathan B. Majiyagbe

(Kano, Kano State, Nigeria)

Lend a Hand

2004-05

Glenn E. Estess, Sr.

(Shades Valley, Ala., USA)

Celebrate Rotary

 

2005-06

 

Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar

(Göteborg, Sweden)

Service Above Self

 

2006-07

William Boyd

Pakuranga, New Zealand

Lead the Way

 

2007-08

Wilfrid J. Wilkinson

Trenton, Ontario, Canada

Rotary Shares

2008-09

Dong Kurn Lee

(Seoul, Korea)

Make Dreams Real

2009-10

John Kenny

Grangemouth, Central, Scotland

The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands

2010-11

Ray Klinginsmith

Kirksville, Missouri, USA

Building Communities -- Bridging Continents

2011-12

Kalyan Banerjee
Vapi, Gujarat, India

Reach Within to Embrace Humanity

2011/12

2012-13

Sakuji Tanaka
Yashio, Saitama, Japan

Peace Through Service 
 

2013-14

Ron Burton
Norman, Ok, USA

Engage Rotary, Change Lives

2014-15   

GARY C.K. HUANG* 
Taipei, Taiwan

Light up Rotary

2015-16

K.R. (Ravi) Ravindran
Colombo, Western

Province, Sri Lanka

Be a gift to the world

2015 theme 

2016-17

John F. Germ

Chattanooga, Tennessee USA

 

2017-18

Ian Riseley
Sandringham, Victoria, Australia

   

2018-19

     

2019-20

     
       

Themes pages, on RGHF, were originally created by former

RGHF member Doug Rudman, USA

 

In the August 1931 issue of The Rotarian, RI President  Sydney W. Pascall of Great Britain wrote an article called "Consolidate, Investigate, Translate." He was the first European to be elected RIP. In his think-piece he talks about the need for RI to be able to communicate with all its members in their own languages. His third paragraph reads as follows: "I have no slogan to suggest, no motto for the year, and Rotary needs no motto other than "Service" - "Service" unqualified, unconditional. "Let him that would be great among you be servant of all"; that is the Rotarian s high aim."

My first response is that there are three great mottos here, (1) Consolidate, Investigate, Translate, (2) Service and (3) Service, Unqualified, Unconditional. Second, he embraces the universal concept of service, and everything else in Rotary is a subset. 
 Doug Rudman


 

 

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