The heart or "spirit" of Rotary came from
one man, Paul P. Harris. In 1933 Paul Harris gave a radio address to
"non-Rotarians" to interest them in joining the 28 year old organization.
"A great sign of Paul Harris' optimism is
his recorded speech of 1933, which took place when both Hitler and
Stalin were in power and America was in its deepest depression."
Ingemanson, Vice Chairman, The Global History Fellowship
Listen now, to this 1933
Radio Broadcast by
Paul Harris. He is introduced by Ches
Perry, General Secretary
of Rotary from 1910 until 1942. The broadcast was during the Rotary
International Convention in Boston.
Paul Harris mentioned Rotarians from around the world listening to this
broadcast, including China. Harris speaks for about 6 minutes and tells
the audience that if they have "Love for fellow 'man' in their hearts"
they are potential Rotarians. Now, just click on the radio.
transferred by Rotary International, from a 2009 grant from Rotary
Global History Fellowship www.rghf.org/grants/recipients/2009/archives0909.htm
speaking during the intermission of the 27 June live radio broadcast of
the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s performance at the 1933 international
convention. Harris introduced by Chesley Perry. Harris notes the
international nature of RI and that Rotary is/can be a common bond
across cultures; reminisces about first meeting in Chicago; explains
classification system and notes that racial, religious, or political
affiliations/standards shall not be a barrier to membership; Rotary is a
way of life and the world is full of potential Rotarians.
Audio begins with introduction to the
product in a *woman's voice (possibly recorded when the speech was
distributed ca. 1980) (MP3
The February 1980
issue of The Rotarian includes a transcript. The April 1980 issue (and
ads for the soundsheet recording being sold(PDF) at
the time. Both are attached here.
Questions about these audio pieces can be
directed to Rotary History and Archives staff - firstname.lastname@example.org
*In the story accompanied by a
sound recording of Paul Harris speaking at the 1933 Convention,
introduced by Ches Perry, the “woman’s voice” referred to in the
story was that of Jo
Nugent, at that time Associate Editor of The
– an accomplished journalist and a charming lady who served
Rotary with loyalty and distinction for many years. You might
like to add this small bit of information to the archive. I
still have the sound sheet that was in the February, 1980, issue
of the magazine to celebrate Rotary’s 75th anniversary and,
because of its fragility, I made a tape recording. Now I can
access it by courtesy of RGHF. With warmest regards and best
wishes for your continued success,
Rotary Club of Lower Blue Mountains,
Past Governor (1974-75), District 269/969/9690/9685 (Member of
We also have a remarkable
"animated" version by
former RGHF member Don Kemplen,
Rotary Club of Modesto East, D5220.
Transcript of the entire speech