Chicago, IL, USA
Service Above Self!
The Early Years
Rotary was founded on February 23, 1905. Leaders of the Rotary Club of Chicago went on to establish Rotary International in 1910.
As of 2014, The Rotary Club of Chicago, also known as ROTARY/One, is a member of Rotary International, it is organized under Rotary Zone 28 in the Illinois, USA area, and is composed of clubs in District 6450. RGHF also has an extensive, colorful section, with links to all Rotary's Global History at http://www.1905timeline.org
On February 23, 1905, Paul Harris had dinner with his closest friend, Chicago coal dealer Silvester Schiele. Afterwards they walked up to Room 711 of the Unity Building where they met their host, Gustavus Loehr, a mining engineer; and another friend, Hiram Shorey, a merchant tailor. Harris proposed that they form a club. No name was chosen for the group. But they agreed to meet next at the offices of Silvester Schiele.
The second meeting was March 9th. Three other men, Harry Ruggles, William Jenson, and A. L. White joined them. Ruggles was a printer, and created the “name badge” version of the Rotary “wheel” and also started singing in Rotary. In fact his singing kept the group from disbanding more than once. It was also decided that “rotating” the meetings made “Rotary” the most logical name. Two weeks later the group gathered at the office of Silvester Schiele, in his coal yard at Twelfth and State Streets. Six of the previous seven were present along with Charles Newton and Arthur B. Irwin.
Societal Contributions—Avenues of Service
The ROTARY/One Foundation, Inc. is the foundation of the Rotary Club of Chicago. The mission of the ROTARY/One Foundation is to secure the resources necessary to support the Service Mission of the Rotary Club of Chicago.
The ROTARY/One Foundation is a not-for-profit 501c3 organization that is supported solely by voluntary contributions from members of the Rotary Club of Chicago and friends of the ROTARY/One Foundation. They share the commitment to service that began in 1905 with the founding of the Rotary Club of Chicago – 'the world’s first service club’.
Incorporated in the State of Illinois on January 10, 1938, the ROTARY/One Foundation’s stated object is “to dispense charity, to encourage, maintain and assist in the maintenance of educational, benevolent and charitable activities, agencies and institutions, and for the purposes above specified, to receive, manage, take hold and use real and personal property, or the proceeds thereof or income there from, by gift, grant, devise, bequest or purchase and invest, sell, convey, pledge and dispose of the same.”
- Impacting 1000+ students, teachers and family members from a school district in Thailand by enabling them to access clean water;
- Building shelters and digging water wheels in the Central Plateau of Haiti, a region particularly hard hit by the recent cholera outbreak.
|Harry L Ruggles||Developed Rotary Wheel and Taught Rotary to Sing|
|George C Hager||1938-1939||Rotary International President|
|Herbert J Taylor||
|Developed the Four-Way Test|
Rotary International President
|Chesley R. Perry||First International General Secretary|
|Robert Stuart||District Governor|
|Richard Galitz||District Governor|
|James Barker||District Governor|
|Lollie McKeon||District Governor|
|Harold Higgins||Club Executive|
|Robert C Knuepfer, Jr||District Governor|
|David Templin||District Governor|
Convention planning for Rotary Clubs began in 1910, 1910-11 Chicago, Illinois, USA
August 15-17, 1910 was an organization meeting to plan future conventions (attendance 60).
August 21-23, 1911 (attendance 149).
|1916-17 Atlanta, Georgia, USA June 17-21 (2,258)
The Loving Cup Mileage plus Members was first awarded to the Tulsa Rotary Club. They added the base to the cup for mounting plaques. Chicago Rotary Club had the greatest points in the Mileage plus Members contest at the first Atlanta Convention.
Two months after the Dallas convention, in August of 1929, a recession began. On October 24 the US stock market begins to crash. October 25 the market briefly rallied. The U.S. Stock market collapsed on October 29, forever to be referred to as 'Black Tuesday'. Surprisingly, the following convention in Chicago saw a 1,500 member surge in attendees over the precrash event.
1929-30 Chicago, IL, USA June 23-27, 1930 (11,008 attendees)
World War II began on the first of September 1939. It included conflicts in Europe, Pacific, Atlantic, South-East Asia, China, Middle East, Mediterranean, North Africa and Horn of Africa, briefly North and South America. 1943-44 Chicago, IL, USA May 18-22 (403 attendees)
1944-45 Chicago IL, USA May 31, June 5, 12, (19,141 atttendees)
Cold War Years 1954-55 Chicago, IL, USA May 29-June 2 (14,312)
1979-80 Chicago, IL, USA June 1-5 (18,309)
A New Era 2004-2005 Chicago, IL, USA 19-22 June 2005 (39,460)
Providing summer internships to 350 Chicago Public High School students through Job1, our signature project, now in its 10th year. Our JOB1 project is in cooperation with the City of Chicago Corporate and Kid Start Initiatives. JOB1 prepares high school students for the workplace with job skills training and substantial summer internships in city businesses and not for profits. Students who successfully complete these internships are eligible to apply and qualify for a limited number of college scholarships in amounts up to $2,500. Each student is assigned to a Rotary member to mentor him or her and act as an advocate.
- Clubs sponsored
- Chicago Rotaract Club
- University of Chicago Rotaract Club
- Lincoln Park High School Interact Club
- Dictionary Project. Every year we deliver over 2,000 dictionaries to Chicago Public School 3rd graders;
♥ Founding Members
|1905/02-1906/01 Silvester Schiele ♥||1906/02-1907/01 Albert L. White||1907/02-1908/10 Paul P Harris ♥||1908/11-1910/01 Harry L Ruggles||1910/02-1911/01 M. Ramsay|
|1911/02-1912/06 W. S. Miller||1912-1912 H. A. Crofts||1913-1914 Geo. Landis Wilson||1914-1915 James O Craig||1916/06-1917/05 Harry A Wilkie|
|1917/06-1918/05 Charles J Becker||1918/06-1919/05 Rufus F Chapin||1919/06-1920/05 William F Kier||1920/05-1921/06 Harold B Harvey||1921/06-1922/06 Ermine J Phillips|
|1922-1923||1923-1924 Charles A Newton||1924-1925 Alex C Johnson||1925-1926 Charles E Herrick||1926/07-1927/12/10 N. C. Mather|
|1926/12/10-1928/06 J. N. Vander Vries||1928-1929 H. C. Cheney||1929-1930 Floyd L Bateman||1930-1931 Rowland Haynes||1931-1932 Guy M Cushing, M.D.|
|1932-1933 George C. Hager||1933-1934 John B. Reynolds||1934-1935 John L Griffith||1935-1936 Richard E Vernor||1936-1937 Charles A Dostal|
|1937-1938 Lee E Ragsdale||1938-1939 William Ayer McKinney||1939-1940 Herbert J Taylor||1940-1941 Howard K Jackson||1941-1942 Victor C. P. Dreiske|
|1942-1943 Edwin B Moran||1943-1944 Stanley R. Clague||1944-1945 Chesley R Perry||1945-1946 Max H Hurd||1946-1947 Alex G Shennan|
|1947-1948 Lester W. Elias||1948-1949 Alfred J. Barboro||1949-1950 Wayne Walker||1950-1951 Charles G Stiles||1951-1952 Thomas G Sexton|
|1952-1953 Henry D Hughes||1953-1954 Bryant W Ruark||1954-1955 Ollie E Jones||1955-1956 James E Almont||1956-1957 Kenneth Ruggles|
|1957-1958 Mitchel P Davis||1958-1959 Herbert G Blakeslee||1959-1960 George F Sisler||1960-1961 J Edwin Griswold||1961-1962 Harold J Prebensen|
|1962-1963 G Frederick Liechty||1963-1964 Alf I Rivenes||1964-1965 Edward F Slattery||1965-1966 H Stanely Wanzer||1966-1967 Don F Geyer|
|1967-1968 dr Russell F Dudman||1968-1969 Kenneth L Wilson||1969-1970 John B Hayford||1970-1971 Leslie N Christensen||1971-1972 Edward W Boehm, Jr|
|1972-1973 William L Ryan||1973-1974 Milton F Darr, Jr||1975-1976 Wallace D Johnson||1976-1977 Robert Stuart||1977-1978 Robert W Higgins|
|1978-1979 Harold M Finley||1979-1980 William G Stratton||1980-1981/04/07 Frank C Sain||1981/05-1981/06 Arthur J Hutton||1981-1982 Alfred J Lilienfeld|
|1982-1983 Byron M Getzoff||1983-1984 Gary Mann||1984-1985 Earl J Grimm||1985-1986 Norman F Kloker||1986-1987 Charles V Mather|
|1987-1988 Nicholas S Ambrosi||1988-1989 Ronald L Johnson||1989-1990 John R Meinert||1990-1991 Michael W Sleepeck||1991-1992 William J Horine|
|1992-1993 Richard Galitz||1993-1994 Rhett Butler||1994-1995 James Barker||1995-1996 Jack O Hedrich||1996-1997 Patrick L O'Malley|
|1997-1998 Lollie McKeon||1998/07/01-1998/07/06 Harold Higgins||1998/07/06-1999 Millicent Mills||1999-2000 Susan Raterman||2000-2001 Wes Westerfield|
|2001-2002 John Alberts||2002-2003 Don A Olson||2003-2004 Richard McKay||2004-2005 Robert C Knuepfer, Jr||2005-2006 Evy J Alssaker|
|2006-2007 Donald W Garner||2007-2008 David Templin||2008-2009 Arol Augsburger||2009-2010 Angelo Loumbas||2010-2010/09 David Durham|
|2010/09-2011 Andrea Luehmann||2011-2012 Barry Axler||2012-2013 Lisa Russ||2013-2014 Michael Faris||2014-2015 Pedro Cevallos-Candau|
Terms fluctuated in duration until the Rotary Year became July to June in 1933. A few years after 1933, circumstances resulted in terms as short as 6 days.
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