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2017 Jan 19 Past Rotary International Presidents at San Diego, CA, USA Rotary International Assembly

Over the Years[edit]

Until the Houston convention in 1914, Rotary had celebrated all its conventions in August. After the convention in Buffalo, 18-21 August 1913, the dates of the Houston convention were changed to 22-26 June 1914. Subsequently, the conventions of San Francisco (1915) and Cincinnati (1916) were celebrated in July. At that point, Rotary established a tradition, programming the convention for a date near the end of the Rotary year, in May or June.

Although the present practice to identify the salient president of Rotary International with the convention that is celebrated at the end of his or her year of office, does not necessarily apply to the conventions celebrated during the term of office of Frank L. Mulholland, 1914-15. He was chosen by the delegates of the Houston convention, and he participated in the convention of San Francisco, 18-23 July 1915. Russell Greiner, 1913-14, and Arch Klumph, 1916-17, celebrated two conventions during their terms in office; they shared these conventions with their predecessors and successors. for more information Trivia: The smallest convention was the first, 1910, with 60 attendees. The largest registration number, to date, was 43,381 at the 2004 convention in Osaka, Japan The dates of the conventions in the Convention History list do not match the dates of the cities held on the loving cup due to convention being in the second half of the Rotary Year.
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The Start[edit]

1910 Rotary National Convention Cover

1910 Chicago, Illinois, USA
August 15-17, 1910 was an organization meeting to plan future meetings (Attendance 60). 1910-11 Portland, Oregon, USA
August 21-23, 1911 (149 Attendees) Paul Harris was elected for a second term office as president of the National Association of Rotary clubs and Chesley R. Perry was elected for the 2nd of what would become 32 terms as secretary, then general secretary of RI.
It is a rare picture of the 1911 Portland convention delegates. Photo was acquired by Jack M. B. Selway and donated to the Rotary International Archives Dept.
Rare 1911 Delegate Photo. There are 22 clubs represented in this rare photo of the 1911 convention delegates. There are about 93 individuals in the photo. Some are wearing officer's ribbons very similar to what we use today. Also seen are ribbons that appear to have a "Portland Rose" on them. In the area of the Chicago delegation there is a woman wearing ribbons similar to the men. She is singular in her gender.

Convention Trophy for Attendance and Mileage Buffalo 1913 awarded by Rotary Club.

1911-12 Duluth, Minnesota, USA
August 6-9 (598 Attendees)

1912-13 Buffalo, New York, USA
August 18-21 (930 Attending)

The Convention Trophy was created for recognizing the greatest Attendance and Mileage combination for Rotary Clubs. It was first awarded at the Buffalo convention in 1913.

1913 Houston, Texas, USA June 22-26 (1,288) Toledo, Ohio, USA club had the greatest attendance plus mileage in Houston in 1914.

1914-15 San Francisco, California, USA July 18-23 (1,988) Rotary International Convention Attendance Loving Cup won by Cincinnati Rotary in 1915 at San Francisco Convention.

The Great War[edit]

Just five days after the San Francisco convention, a global war in Europe began.

1915-16 Cincinnati, Ohio, USA July 16-20 (3,591 Rotarians)

The Loving Cup Mileage plus Members was awarded to the Tacoma Rotary Club. Tacoma added the base to the cup for mounting plaques.

1916-17 Atlanta, Georgia, USA June 17-21 (2,258 Rotarians)
Chicago Rotary Club had the greatest points in the Mileage plus Members contest at the first Atlanta Convention.

The Loving Cup Mileage plus Members was awarded to the Tacoma Rotary Club in 1916. They added the base to the cup for mounting plaques.
The Loving Cup Mileage plus Members was awarded to the Tulsa Rotary Club in 1917. They added the base to the cup for mounting plaques.

A New Era[edit]

The Great War ended 11 November 1918. A new chance for world peace began.

1917-18 Kansas City, Missouri, USA June 24-28 (4,145)

1918-19 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA June 16-20 (3,083)
The Pittsburgh club won the 1919 rights to the loving cup in Salt Lake City.

1919-20 Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA June 21-25 (7,213)
The Loving Cup Mileage plus Members was awarded to the Cuban Cienfuegos Rotary Club Convencion de Atlantic City Junio 1920.

The Loving Cup Mileage plus Members for 1918 was awarded to the Tulsa Rotary Club.
The Loving Cup Mileage plus Members was won by the Cuban Cienfuegos Rotary Club Convencion de Atlantic City Junio 1920.


Longmont, CO, USA won the Rotary International Convention Attendance Loving Cup at Edinburgh in 1921.
Eustis won the cup in 1923 in Saint Louis for Mileage plus Members
1920-21 Edinburgh, Scotland June 13-16 (2,523)
Longmont Rotary Club, Colorado, USA won the loving cup in 1921 in Scotland.

1921-22 Los Angeles, California, USA June 5-9 (6,096)

1922-23 Saint Louis, Missouri, USA June 18-22 (6,779)
The story has it, that in June of 1923, Mr. Waterman of the Rotary Club of Eustis arranged for his private railway cars to go to Eustis, Florida, USA to take the entire club to the Rotary International Convention in St.Louis, Missouri. This won the club the silver Convention loving cup, to be held for one year, for the highest percentage of club attendance and the furthest distance travelled.

1923-24 Toronto, Ontario, Canada June 16-20 (9,173)
In 1924, Mr. Waterman, again, donated his cars and 100% of the club, again, attended the International Conference held that year in Toronto, Canada. This, not only won the silver cup a second time, but Rotary International retired the cup and presented it to the Eustis club. The cup is, at this time, the club's most treasured possession. A brand new attendance cup was presented to Rotary International by the Eustis club for the 1925 Convention, and in 1953 it was still in circulation. Since, then, we have lost track of the cup and do not know if it is still in existence, it is suggested that was in Australia and now reside at RI in Illinois. Perhaps someone reading this can help complete the story.

1924-25 Cleveland, Ohio, USA June 15-19 (10,216)

1925-26 Denver, Colorado, USA June 14-18 (8,886)

1926-27 Ostende, Belgium June 5-10 (6, 412)

1927-28 Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA June 18-22 (9,428)

1928-29 Dallas, Texas, USA May 27-31 (9,508)

Economic Disaster[edit]

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 (11,008)


1930-31 Vienna, Austria June 22-26 (4,296)

1931-32 Seattle, WA, USA June 20-24 (5,182)

Recovery from Collapse[edit]

Following the Seattle convention, the US government stopped conducting open market transactions to increase money supply and recovery was in sight.
1932-33 Boston, MA, USA June 26-30 (8,430)

1933-34 Detroit, MI, USA June 25-29 (7,377)

1934-35 México City, México June 17-21 (5,330)

1935-36 Atlantic City, NJ, USA June 22-26 (9,900)

1936-37 Nice, France June 6-11 (5,790)

1937-38 San Francisco, CA, USA June 19-24 (10,432)

1938-39 Cleveland OH, USA June 19-23 (9,241)

Second World War[edit]

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.


1939-40 Havana, Cuba June 9-14 (3,713)

1940-41 Denver, CO, USA June 15-20 (8,942)

1941-42 Toronto, ON, Canada June 21-25 (6,599)

1942-43 St. Louis, MO, USA May 17-20 (3,851)

1943-44 Chicago, IL, USA May 18-22 (403)

1944-45 Chicago IL, USA May 31, June 5, 12, (19,141)

Cold War[edit]

Six years and one day after the hot war started, it ended. A cold war commenced.

1945-46 Atlantic City, NJ, USA June 2-6 (10,925)

1946-47 San Francisco, CA, USA June 8-12 (14,678)

1947-48 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil May 16-20 (7,511)

1948-49 New York, NY, USA June 12-16 (15,961)

1949-50 Detroit, MI, USA June 18-22 (6,949)


1950-51 Atlantic City, NJ, USA May 27-31 (8,453)

1951-52 México City, México May 25-29 (6,804)

1952-53 Paris, France May 24-28 (10,107)

1953-54 Seattle, Washington, USA June 6-10 (8,015)

1954-55 Chicago, IL, USA May 29-June 2 (14,312)

1955-56 Philadelphia, PA, USA June 3-7 (10,003)

1956-57 Lucerne, Switzerland May 19-23 (9,702)

1957-58 Dallas, TX, USA June 1-5 (14,035)

1958-59 New York, NY, USA June 7-11 (15,475)

January 2015 diary, This book includes:
  1. The splendor of the 50th RI Convention (29 French Rotarians attended)
  2. Ches Perry, legendary RI General Secretary, attends his last convention!
  3. The Foundation has accumulated $6 million ($6,000,000) in donations to the and the enthusiasm of contributors
  4. The number of Paul Harris Fellows exceeds 1,000
  5. The article "No Women Rotary?" Search and Read Women Rotary?
  6. Continuation of the immense vitality of Rotary in France
  7. Update on C.I.P.

January 2015 PDF Part 47 Rotary in France

Bonjour. Voici le carnet du mois de janvier, Vous découvrirez notamment dans ce carnet:
  1. Les fastes de la 50ème Convention du R.I. (29 Français y assistaient)
  2. Ces PERRY le légendaire secrétaire général du Rotary assiste à sa dernière convention!
  3. Les 6 millions de dollars en cumul des dons à la Fondation et l'engouement des contributeurs
  4. Le nombre des Fellows qui dépasse désormais 1,000
  5. L'article "No Women Rotary? A rechercher par vos soins et à LIRE [No Women Rotary?]
  6. La poursuite de l'immense vitalité du Rotary en France
  7. Le point sur les C.I.P.

Bonne lecture et Bonnes FETES à tous
January 2015 PDF Part 47 Rotary in France

1959-60 Miami-Miami Beach, FL, USA May 29-June 2 (11,354 Rotarians)


1960-61 Tokyo, Japan May 28-June 1 (23,366)

1961-62 Los Angeles, CA, USA June 3-7 (22,302)

1962-63 St. Louis, MO, USA June 9-13 (10,779)

1963-64 Toronto, ON, Canada June 7-11 (14,661)

1964-65 Atlantic City, NJ, USA May 30 - June 3 (9,368)

1965-66 Denver, CO, USA June 12-16 (12,929)

1966-67 Nice, France May 21-25 (19,362)

1967-68 México City, México May 12-16 (11,840)

1968-69 Honolulu, HI, USA May 25-29 (14,453)
The first Paul Harris Fellow medallion was minted for the Honolulu convention by metal artist Fiju Tsuda.

The first Paul Harris Fellow medallion was minted for the Honolulu convention. Past Foundation Trustee Kyozo Yuasa asked Japanese metal artist Fiju Tsuda to create the medallion.

1969-70 Atlanta, GA, USA May 31-June 4 (10,803)


1970-71 Sydney, NSW, Australia May 16-20 (16,646)

1971-72 Houston, TX, USA June 11-15 (13,287)

1972-73 Lausanne, Switzerland May 13-17 (17,187)

1973-74 Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN, USA June 9-13 (10,015)

1974-75 Montreal, PQ, Canada June 8-12 (12,975)

1975-76 New Orleans, LA, USA June 13-17 (13,935)

1976-77 San Francisco, CA, USA June 5-9 (14,168)

1977-78 Tokyo, Japan May 14-18 (39,834)

1978-79 Rome, Italy June 10-13 (14,429)

1979-80 Chicago, IL, USA June 1-5 (18,309)


1980-81 São Paulo, Brazil May 31 - June 4 (15,222)

1981-82 Dallas, TX, USA June 6-9 (13,222)

1982-83 Toronto, ON, Canada June 5-8 (16,250)

1983-84 Birmingham, England June 3-7 (22,452)

1984-85 Kansas City, MO, USA May 26-30 (12,920)

1985-86 Las Vegas, NV, USA June 1-4 (18,426)

1986-87 Munich, Germany June 7-10 (26,909)

1987-88 Philadelphia, PA, USA May 22-25 (16,316)

1988-89 Seoul, Korea May 21-24 (38,878)

1989-90 Portland, OR, USA June 24-27 (21,053)


1990-91 México City, México June 2-5 (15,638)

End of the Soviet Bloc[edit]

The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) or Сою́з Сове́тских Социалисти́ческих Респу́блик (CCCP), created in 1922, ceased existence on December 26, 1991 breaking into fifteen new nations.

Eustis won the cup in 1992 in Orlando for 100 % attendance

1991-92 Orlando, Florida, USA June 14-17 (19,111)
All of the members of the Eustis club jumped in their cars and attended the convention 15 miles away in Orlando, no other club met their challenge to the Cup. The loving cup was passed back to Eustis (2012 became Lake County Golden Triangle) and they cherish it. It is displayed every week at their meeting.

1992-93 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia May 23-26 (22,083)

1993-94 Taipei, Taiwan June 12-15 (31,161)

1994-95 Nice, France June 11-14 (34,077)

1995-96 Calgary, AB, Canada June 23-26 (24,963)

1996-97 Glasgow, Scotland June 15-18 (23,506)

1997-98 Indianapolis, Indiana, USA June 14-17 (19,002)

1998-99 Singapore, Singapore June 13-16 (17,903)

1999-2000 Buenos Aires, Argentina June 4-7 (14,301)


2000-2001 San Antonio, Texas, USA June 24-27 (24,902)

2001-2002 Barcelona, Spain June 23-26 (17,000+)

2002-2003 Brisbane, Australia June 1-4 (14,147)

2003-2004 Osaka, Japan 22-26 May 2004 (43,381)

2004-2005 Chicago, IL, USA 19-22 June 2005 (39,460)

2005-2006 Malmö/Copenhagen, Denmark June 11-14, 2006 (14,441)

2006-2007 Salt Lake City, Utah, USA June 17-20 (15,439)

2007-2008 Los Angeles, CA USA June 15-18 (18,702)

2008-2009 Birmingham, England, UK June 21-24 (16,062)

2009-2010 Montreal, Canada June 20-23 (17,909)


2010-2011 New Orleans, Louisiana, USA May 21-25 (17,487)

2011-12 Bangkok, Thailand 103rd

An outstanding Peace Fellow graduate spoke about living and working in refugee camps in northern Thailand. photo by Dr.O.

Over 30,000 Rotarians converged on the Asian capital of Bangkok in June of 2012. Peace was a major issue at the convention. The pre-conference was the Peace Symposium.

2012-13 Lisbon, Portugal June 23-26

2013-14 Sydney, Australia 105th

2014-15 São Paulo, Brazil 106th

2015-16 Seoul, Korea 107th 28 May-1 June 2016

2017 Atlanta, Georgia, USA 108th 10-14 June 2017

Sam Owori was elected RIPE

2017 Jun 13 photo of Dr Phyllis M Olmstead, EdD introducing Sam Owori, RIPE 2017-18 to the HT Signal for Safety to help with rescuing human trafficking victims. The Atlanta convention featured the importance of ending modern slavery.

Sam Owori died suddenly due to complications from heart surgery four weeks later never to assume the presidency.

2018 Toronto, Ontario, Canada 109th 24-27 June 2018

2019 Hamburg, Germany


2020 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA 111th 7-10 June 2020

2021 Taipei, Taiwan 112th

2022 Houston, TX, USA 113th

2023 Warsaw, Poland 114th

2024 Singapore, The Republic of Singapore 115th

2025 Calgary, Canada (tentative) 116th