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.

History Learning Center


The "Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How" of Rotary since 11 October 2000


The history of the world can be measured by the amount of data that has been assembled and the importance of that information upon the lives of those who live on this planet.


A recent study determined that from the beginning of recorded history to 1904 a body of information was gathered; from 1904 to 1994 it doubled; and it is estimated that from 1994 to 2024 that total will double in size again.


Therefore, the time between doubling of information (history) will become shorter and shorter. The more we know the more there will be to know.


It is important to be able to sift through the enormous amounts of data and find historical paths that can guide our lives. The RGHF "History Learning Center" is dedicated to helping advanced and beginning students with the Global History of Rotary. Rotary has been and is a community of leaders who believe that Service should be Above Self.


Mission: “Teaching the lessons of history through our massive website.” Rotary Global History Fellowship has thousands of articles, essays, speeches and other information. Rotary Global History Fellowship also has a volunteer staff of educators, historians, artists and authors to help you find your own path through this website, a path designed to assist you in many ways.


Objective: We have created a “learning program” to assist individuals with Rotary Global History knowledge and information.


1.      This information is separated from all other “Rotary Learning” experiences of our visitors.

2.      The aim is to increase “ease-of-handling” and to enrich the experience of all our visitors.

3.      This opportunity is free, voluntary, and consists solely of studying existing history material, found on websites... New material is placed on the site since learning is a living process.


All this is offered for the enrichment of an individual’s understanding of Rotary’s past and heritage. Hopefully, each visitor through their learning and study can add to Rotary’s blossoming future.


Where to start on this journey of discovery: Start by signing up as a member: Visit to help your search.


Sign up for our weekly features. Check for the latest….


Learn about Rotary's most important tool  Test your knowledge History Quiz


Join in the conversation or just read comments at Starting places: There are several for this learning experience:



Paul Harris' law firm

Harris Study section

Geography of Rotary


Think “out of the box” in your search: Use a student’s guide to finding the unknown from the known.


Searching for the Unknown but KnowableMake use of history for PETS and GETS from Rotary Global History….


Finally, this tool of the Learning Center of Rotary Global History Fellowship has been designed to make history useful.


Let Us Guide You!


Suggested General Studies


Paul Harris at age 15 in Wallingford, VermontPaul Harris at 43, on the cover of the National Rotarian in 1911Paul Harris in his 50's as president emeritus of Rotary InternationalPaul's downstairs "Rotary Room" with Silvester Schiele in 1927, at 59 years of age.


This section was re-designed on 3 September 2006 by artist, professor and RGHF Peace Historian Joe Kagle.