Rotary Milestone

Rotary Milestone
1905 First Rotary Club met inChicago,Illinois,USA.
1907 First Community Service Project, “Public Comfort Station”,Chicago.
1908 Second Rotary Club organised inSan Francisco,California,USA.
1909 Rotary Wheel adopted.
1910 First Rotary Club outsideUSAformed inWinnipeg,Manitoba,Canada.
1910 First International Convention, Paul Harris becomes 1st President and Chisley R Perry, 1st Secretary (continued for 32 years).
1910 Paul Harris married to Jean Thomson.
1910 Rotary becomes International – 1st Convention inChicago.
1911 The NATIONAL ROTARIAN (forerunner of “The Rotarian”) launched; clubs formed inDublin,Ireland,London,EnglandandBelfast,Northern Ireland.
1912 Rotary becomes “International Association of Rotary Clubs”.
1917 Endowment Fund, forerunner of TRF formed.
1917 First International Assembly.
1919 Rotary entered South America, with clubs inMontevideo,Uruguayand Asia with clubs inManilaandCalcutta,India.
1921 Rotary entered Continental Europe, with clubs inMadrid,Spainand entered two more continents with clubs inMelbourne(Australia) andJohannesburg.
1926 Four avenues introduced.
1928 Provision made for endowment fund for a Rotary Foundation.
1928 “The Rotary Foundation” established by RI President Arch C Clump.
1933 Four way test introduced by a Chicago Rotarian Herbert J Taylor.
1941 YouthService avenueintroduced.
1945 49 Rotarians helped to draft United Nation Charter inSan Francisco.
1947 Paul P Harris, the founder of Rotary, died. The first Rotary Foundation Scholarship awarded.
1962 First Interact Club formed inMelbourne,Florida,USA.
1963 Jean Harris passed away.
1965 TRF Launches Matching Grant Program and Group Study Exchange Program.
1968 First Rotaract Club formed inCharlotte,North Carolina,USA.
1971 RYLA accepted as a recognised Youth Program.
1978 The Health, Hunger and Humanity program was initiated to commemorate 75th Anniversary coming in 1980 .
1980 Rotary’s 75th Anniversary, on 23rd February.
1985 Polio Plus Program initiated.
1986 Millionth Member admitted to Rotary in February.
1987 First Woman admitted to Rotary inUSA.
1988 Rotary declares Eradication of Polio as Centennial Project.
1989 Rotary returns toEastern Europe.
1989 COLendorses admission of women.
1991 Last case of Polio inAmerica- Louis Fermin (Peru).
1992 75th Anniversary of the Rotary Foundation and the International Assembly.
1994 Western Hemispheredeclared Polio Free.
1995 India’s First National Immunisation Day.
1997 Last case of Polio in Western Pacific – Mum Chanty.
1997 The new District Leadership Plan came into being (creating Asst Governors etc.).
1999 Rotary Centres for International Studies, Peace & Conflict Resolution established.
2000 Western Pacific Region of WHO includingChinacertified Polio Free.
2003 Centenary Celebration Planning begun.
2004 Centennial Projects initiated and Centennial Bell started its journey.

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