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Paul Harris and the Birth of Rotary

Articles based on "Paul Harris and the Birth of Rotary"
and the further research of PDG Fred A. Carvin
In 1905, Paul Harris started a movement that today is one of the world’s premiere service organizations. His creation, Rotary International has quite literally touched the lives of hundreds of millions of people in its global quest to make a difference. Yet few people, both inside and outside of Rotary know much about Paul Harris or how his ground-breaking club developed. This number includes a majority of current Rotarians who have little knowledge or understanding about the man who started it all. For over a century, the relevant facts about his life and motivations have been clouded by myths and misconceptions. Now, with the discovery of hundreds of never before published letters, documents and exclusive archival sources, a better comprehension of the man and his times has emerged. This latest material gives new insight to who Paul Harris was. It provides answers to questions like: How did his early life in rural Wallingford, Vermont help forge his thoughts about Rotary? What role did his parents and grandparents play in developing his later actions? What happened during his college years that affected him for the rest of his life? Who were the men and women that influenced his ideals? When did Rotary and Paul Harris change directions and become more humanitarian? This book offers an in-depth look at how Paul Harris and early Rotary came into existence. It’s the story of one man’s struggle to find his inner self and how his philosophy changed the world.

About the author: Fred A Carvin joined the Rotary Club of Glens Falls, New York in 1988 where he still is a current member. He served as club president in 1997-1998 and as District Governor from 2002-2003 for District 7190. Over the years he has participated in hundreds of Rotary activities including the Empire PETS, Zone 31-32 coordinator of the Open World Program, and Regional Vice-Chair for the Rotary Leadership Institute. He is a firm believer in the Rotary Foundation and the good deeds it provides. He has served on several committees and held many leadership positions dedicated to addressing Rotary’s membership issues. Over the years, he has attended uncounted, local, district and international meetings, conferences and conventions. He is a major donor to the Rotary Foundation and has received significant honors and recognition for his work in Rotary.

A retired financial advisor of over twenty years, he enjoys golf, traveling, bridge, and Rotary history. He is the father of two grown sons, and lives in Queensbury, New York with his wife Judy.



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