25Feb

360-degree view of the historic replica of Room 711 – The first Rotary Meeting!

On 23 February 1905, Paul Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Silvester Schiele, and Hiram Shorey gathered at Loehr’s office, Room 711 of the Unity Building in downtown Chicago, for what would later be known as the first Rotary club meeting. For the 1980 Rotary International Convention in Chicago, local Rotarians rented that same space and used period furnishings to re-create an early-20th-century office. When the Unity Building was set to be demolished in 1989, they dismantled Room 711 and arranged to...

25Feb

Speakers for Mar 2020

Speakers for March 2020 3 March – Jack Warren, Executive Director The Society of the Cincinnati10 March – pending17 March – pending24 March – pending31 March – pending Detailed Speaker information available under the Meeting information in Upcoming Events Section. ...

04Feb

Family Matters: How T.J. Fannon & Sons has navigated more than 130 years in business

Family Matters: How T.J. Fannon & Sons has navigated more than 130 years in business Thomas Fannon, left, and Jack Fannon are the fourth generation of owners.EMILY VAN ZANDT Thomas Fannon might be happiest in the office on a bitterly cold day. Add a chance of snow and it’s enough to get the heart racing. “When you wake up in the morning and there’s a fresh-fallen foot of snow outside, both of us are jazzed,” Thomas, who goes by Tom, says...

02Feb

Speakers for Feb 2020

Speakers for Feb 2020 4 Feb – Dr. Paul Lachelier, “Learninglife’s Family Diplomatic Initiative”11 Feb – Dr. Cecily Havert, “Cardiovascular Disease in Women: Dispelling the Myths”18 Feb – Bob Livingston, “Chasing Windmills”25 Feb – pending (Frank Fannon tells me we’ll have this one soon) Detailed Speaker information available under the Meeting information in Upcoming Events Section. ...

01Feb

Gates Foundation extending fundraising partnership to eradicate polio

Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation extending fundraising partnership to eradicate polio Partnership will infuse an additional US$450 million into global polio eradication effort EVANSTON, Il. (January 22, 2020) – Rotary and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are renewing their longstanding partnership to end polio, announcing a joint commitment of up to $450 million to support the global polio eradication effort. “Because of the efforts of Rotary and its partners, almost 19 million people are walking today who would have otherwise...

01Feb

How Rotary’s emblem evolved

Rotary  Club of Chicago emblem, circa 1906. The Rotary wheel, unchanged since 1924, was redesigned many times in the early years of the organization.  A Rotary Club of Chicago emblem that featured a wagon wheel influenced early logos of other clubs and Rotary International.  Early club emblem In 1905, Montague M. Bear, an engraver and member of the Rotary Club of Chicago, sketched a wagon wheel with 13 spokes as a club emblem. When fellow club members began to complain that the...

20Jan

Incoming RI president announces 2020-21 presidential theme

Rotary International President-elect Holger Knaack is encouraging Rotarians to seize the many opportunities Rotary offers to enrich their lives and the communities they serve. Watch the theme address Knaack, a member of the Rotary Club of Herzogtum Lauenburg-Mölln, Germany, revealed the 2020-21 presidential theme, Rotary Opens Opportunities, to incoming district governors at the Rotary International Assembly in San Diego, California, USA, on 20 January. Rotary isn’t just a club for people to join, but rather “an invitation to endless opportunities,” said Knaack, who becomes...

07Jan

Toastmasters and Rotary partner to help members grow professionally and make a difference in their communities

Toastmasters and Rotary partner to help members grow professionally and make a difference in their communities ENGLEWOOD, Colo., Jan. 7, 2020 — Members of Toastmasters and Rotary will enhance their skills, broaden their networks and increase their positive impact in communities through a new collaboration. The ongoing relationship between the two organizations will begin at the grassroots level with local club members learning and working together. Additionally, Toastmasters will create a set of eight structured communication and leadership development courses for Rotary with...