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Jean comments to the 1943
Convention at St. Louis
PROLOGUE CONVENTION MESSAGE [1943 St. Louis]
PRESIDENT CARBAJAL: Paul Harris has been honored with many titles and awards for his service to humanity. In Rotary, we have given him three official titles ‑ founder, past president, and president emeritus. Last month, Paul celebrated his seventyfifth birthday, but he will ever be young in heart.

We are grateful that he has come to St. Louis to give us his annual convention message. Ladies and gentlemen, here is the founder of our great international organization, Paul Harris! But before you listen to the inspiring message of Paul's, I would like to pay homage to our first international lady, Mrs. Harris.

The audience arose and applauded as Paul and Mrs. Harris were escorted to the platform.

PRESIDENT CARBAJAL: Jean wants to say a few words to you:

MRS. PAUL HARRIS: It is indeed a deep privilege to be here once again at this convention (we thought probably we might not be able to come this year), especially to have the privilege of meeting our beloved friends, Fernando and Mrs. Carbajal. They are friends of long standing. We met them in South America, and their courtesies and their gracious friendliness can never be forgotten, not only in their beautiful city of Lima, Peru, but also in all of South America.

I think I came back from South America a little more polite, a little more gracious. I think I was inclined to be hurried and say, "Well, what now?" But they would stand back and graciously tell me how to be more polite and more gracious, and I not only thank them for that, but also for their other contributions.

I see many flags here today from all the lands, but I miss the faces of their representatives. I miss their friendship and their love and their individual contributions. We cannot do without these. God hasten the day when we shall again meet all those clear friends from those lands, whose hearts are heavy today because they are not here. We hope that God will deal with us in mercy; that we seek His wisdom and His understanding and His knowledge; that we shall do so quietly, calmly and prudently, and with wisdom and mercy and in love.

We hope for that day ‑ there is a day of hope always, and I don't think it is very far away. Let us, then, pray for that day soon, with victory for the allies, when we may again meet in peace and love and in harmony.

PRESIDENT CARBAJAL: Here is our President Emeritus Paul! 


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