paul p. harris

(1868 - 1947)

Paul Harries, the father of Rotary movement was born in April 29, 1868. When he passed on january 27, 1947, he left behind for mankind a rich legacy of fellowship and brotherhood for international understanding and services to humanity. Today, the seed he sowed in 1905 has blossomed into a large tree having 1.2 million members from club within 166 countries of the world.

” The thought persisted that I was experiencing only what had happened to hundreds, perhaps thousands, of others in the great city … I was sure that there must be many other young men who had come from farms and small villages to establish themselves in Chicago … Why not bring them together? If others were longing for fellowship as I was, something would come of it. “
                                                     — Paul P. Harris, My Road to Rotary

arch c klumph

(1869 - 1951)

The seed of the Rotary Foundation was shown in 1916-17 by Arch C Klumph, the 6th President of Rotary International. He was instrumental in farming the RI Constitution, it was his idea to divide Rotary into districts, create the office of the district govenor and establish the practice of holding an annual district conference. It was his vision to form an endowment fund to expand the good work of Rotary. The first donation the fund received was US$26.50, the surplus fund of the Kansas Convention.

Klumph died on 3 June 1951 at age 82, but his influence lives on through The Foundation.