As an effort to serve others, RGHF offers history training for Rotary leaders.

The fellowship accumulates and preserves the complete history, values, and philosophy of the Rotary movement,

as well as encourages others to do the same at every level of the Rotary movement,

and publishes those histories, values, and philosophies on the internet, as well as other forms of media as expedient.

How Rotary really started, in the words of Paul Harris,

Founder of Rotary, recorded on 20 December 1945

 

 

 

After 109 years, from the 7th floor of the Unity Building, to the 16th floor of One Rotary Center; Room 711 gets a makeover and a move to the first floor.As you will read in Paul Harris' 1935 book "The Founder of Rotary," he had an idea, one he had discussed with at least two friends. However, on that Thursday evening, one of those friends and an early client, Silvester Schiele, had joined Paul for dinner.

 


 "The Boys of 1905" circa 1996

See photos of RGHF's Tenth anniversary and visit to Room 711

www.rghf101010.org


 

As you will read in Paul Harris' 1935 book "The Founder of Rotary," he had an idea, one he had discussed with at least two friends. However, on that Thursday evening, one of those friends and an early client, Silvester Schiele, had joined Paul for dinner.


 

You'll read the story of what happened that night and how this casual meeting became an organization which changed the world, and has the potential still to bring peace to this planet.

 

 

Though the man whose office this is did not remain in the organization, nor did another guest that night, Silvester became the first president of the Chicago club and a steadfast Rotarian. Paul and Silvester were fast friends and became neighbors ... even in death.

 

 

The office, Room 711, is a symbol, protected and maintained as the birthplace of Rotary.  Now, you can join Paul, Silvester, Gus, and Hiram as members of the "711 Club."

 

Room 711

THE FOUNDER

OTHER LINKS

 

 

 

Paul Harris 711 Club

Jean and Paul

My Road To Rotary

Join the 711 Club

Memorial

The Founder of Rotary

The Background

Paul Harris

This Rotarian Age

23 February 1905

 

History of Rotary: a speech by PDG Mimi Altman.

She was an important member of the Paul and Jean Harris Home Foundation and Rotary Heritage & History International Fellowship

 

Moving the Room

 

Where is it now?

 

What's in there?

 

Gallery One

 

Gallery Two

 

Remembering

 

Club pays homage