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Paul P. Harris
The Founder of Rotary
with forward by Chesley R. Perry, 1928,
Courtesy of the Wolfgang Ziegler Collection. 
This rare, out of print book, was acquired at auction by Sr. RGHF Historian and life member, Wolfgang Ziegler.

"What Paul Harris Said." full copy in PDF, an interactive reader version.

The New Orleans hurricane that nearly killed Harris

From the proceedings of the 1929 Rotary International Convention in Dallas:
Autobiography of Paul P. Harris

As a mark of affection and esteem for our President Emeritus, Governor Yoneyama of Japan had Paul Harris' autobiography [The Founder of Rotary] translated into Japanese and printed and made a complimentary distribution of that edition.

In order to give Spanish‑speaking Rotarians an opportunity to read this book, at President Sutton's suggestion, Special Commissioner Carvallo made a translation of it into Spanish. The Spanish edition is now being printed and copies will soon be on sale. 
The cover of "The Founder of Rotary"by Paul P. Harris

Rotary International Secretary Ches Perry's forward

In the forward, Ches mentions Paul's serious illness at the end of his second term as president.

Paul and Brother Cecil 
(Cecil became an
assistant secretary of RI)


Paul at the time of Rotary's founding

His wife, Jean Thomson Harris

Jean and Paul at their Chicago Home,Comely Bank

A charcoal of Paul by a Chicago Rotarian.

Paul Harris signature on book presented in the early 1930's

"The Founder of Rotary" 1928, was the first of three major books by Paul P. Harris. The second, "This Rotarian Age," in 1935, was a text on Rotary service and history; and the more popular "My Road to Rotary," in 1948 round out the three. The first and last were autobiographical. Only "My Road to Rotary" continues in print today and can be ordered from Rotary International's publication department, under "books."

In the year following the publication of this book, Paul and Jean traveled in Europe, including a visit to her home of Edinburgh. Because his writing is of such excellence and because it can help all Rotarians to understand the philosophy behind his "idea" of our organization, Rotary First 100 has provided the book, on line. 


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