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.

Jack M. B. Selway

Founder of RGHF

Chairman 2010/12, 2015; CEO 2008-2014 and Chairman Emeritus


Jack is the founder of RGHF and serves as an emeritus RGHF board member.


Past offices at RGHF: Founder 11 October 2000, Chairman 2000-04 & 2010-12, Secretary 2006, Executive Vice President 2006-2008; Managing Webmaster 2000-04, 2006, 2007-.   In June of 2008, Selway was elected to the "1905 Society" at Director of the RGHF Institute This Rotary Global History project was created, 11 October 2000, by: Jack M B Selway.  He is a Paul Harris Fellow, Benefactor and Major Donor of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.  Ches Perry Fellow, 2003 (RC of Chicago). He was the Rotarian of the year, 1988, District 5160 California.  In 2002, Selway's work was recognized with a first place for Rotary web design. Lifetime Honorary member: Rotary Club of Lamorinda Sunrise D5160. He lives in Pueblo, Colorado USA.



Former Member: Rotary Clubs of Concord, CA (1976-77); Orinda, CA (1982-87); Lamorinda Sunrise Lafayette Moraga Orinda Rossmoor, CA (1987-1991) (charter president); San Francisco #2 (1991-1997) and Pueblo #43, Colorado (1997-2004); Rotary eClub of the Southwest USA, (2006-2015).  Also former advisor to Disaster Relieve Rotarian Action Group. He is  a former member of Rotary Heritage & History International Fellowship (continued as webmaster until 2012), Rotarians on the Internet, International Computer Users Fellowship of Rotarian, and Paul Harris Room 711 Club (continues as webmaster).




Jack and Sherry"I hope this archive is an inspiration to all who visit. Many people have labored to bring you all of this rich history. This was also a personal labor of love. The items below, and the creation of this website are something for which I'll always be grateful.  This archive is posted solely for the protection of this valuable information and is not affiliated with any Rotary Club, Rotary International or Rotarian. My own valuable archives, books and memorabilia, collected from over 28 years in Rotary, are now part of the archives of the Rotary Club of Chicago, Rotary's founding club. Much of that is represented in the list of my personal contributions below. I could not have done this without the support of the original founding members and the many other Rotarians who have since taken up the project. The work stands for itself and is a lasting tribute to Paul Harris, the founder of all of this."  Also see "Why I was a Rotarian."



A sample of sections, articles and other contributions by RGHF founder Jack M B Selway



The RGHF Institute

History of Rotary in all Regions of the World "Rotary Global History"

Early Leaders Establishing a website for those who started Rotary

Global Networking Groups

RGHF History

RGHF Forum

History sections

Paul Harris

The Founder of Rotary An online, interactive copy of Paul Harris' first autobiography

This Rotarian Age An online, interactive copy of Paul's first book on the story of Rotary

My Road to Rotary  Harris' second autobiography and third book

  • Appendix "Condensed History from 1905-1948" added by the Secretariat

Journal of his 1928 European Tour

Journal of his 1932 Bar Association trip to Europe, and Rotary visits

1934 Journal from South Africa

Peregrinations Journals of their travels, copyright Jean Harris


Room 711 Where Paul Harris first suggested, to more than one person, the notion!

Friendship Trees Project Paul and Jean Harris' travels and tree global tree planting

What Paul Harris Said A popular, weekly "Rotary Minute"

Tributes to Paul Harris (a team effort)


RotaryFirst100 project The website that started all of this

The 100th Club (s)

The Global project Creating an emphasis on the world

History Districts and Clubs around the world

01 ROTARY/One The first club

02 RC of San Francisco

85 RC of Montreal

Our partners  Those early clubs which support our effort and create access for Rotarians to this effort (removed to protect RGHF from external links)

The "First 30,000" project Recognizing "all" clubs (removed to protect RGHF from external links)

Ireland & the UK project For early clubs, across the water, who were left out early on.

Canada project Special recognition for early leaders - where Rotary became international and where Rotarians carried Rotary around the world.

Early Rotary member orientation (1984)


History Library project Establishing a website for Rotary literature, media, and thoughts

The Rotarian

Women and Rotary

The Philosophy and Wisdom of Rotary Documenting the reading habits of Paul Harris



Speeches and commentary Essays