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Historical Highlights

Rotary International and the Rotary Club of Huntsville, Ontario, Canada

 1905 to 1913 - The Early Years

1905 - On February 23, a young attorney named Paul Harris and 3 friends in Chicago, Illinois began to "rotate" social meetings between their offices, because they missed the friendly feeling of the small towns in which they had grown up.  And "Rotary" was born.

1907 - Paul Harris and his friends did their first community service project by donating a horse to help a local doctor make his calls.

1910 - Rotary membership reached 1800 in the USA and The Rotary Club of Winnipeg became the first club outside the USA.   

1914 to 1918 - WW1 - Rotary becomes Rotary International

1916 - Rotarians from Britain, Canada, and USA support WW1 relief efforts.

1918 - WW1 ends and Rotary expands into Europe, Asia, and Africa.   The gear wheel is adopted as the official emblem of Rotary

 

1919 to 1933 - Rotary Keeps Growing

1925 - RI membership reaches 100,000

1928 - Rotary Foundation formed to do good in the world

1934 to 1945 - Muskoka Clubs Chartered

1934 - Rotary Club of Huntsville chartered on May 11 - Harmon E. Rice is president.

1936 / 37 - Huntsville sponsors clubs in Bracebridge, Parry Sound, and Haliburton

1940 - Huntsville Rotary creates Rotary Beach on Lake Vernon

1943 - Herbert Taylor wrote the Four Way Test, world's most quoted ethics statement

1943 - Huntsville's HE Rice is District Governor

1945 - RI establishes relief fund for WWII victims and promotes world peace

1946 to 1955 - Fellowship and Fun

1946 - RI helps to establish UNESCO

1947 - Founder Paul Harris passed away

1947 - The Ambassador Scholar program is established

1952 - Rotary Club of Huntsville pioneers the live theatre movement with the first of the great Rotary musical shows that captivated Huntsville audiences for the next 43 years

1955 to 1965 - Start of Second Fifty years

1955 - Rotary celebrates 50 years with 8500 clubs in 89 countries

1957 - Rotary Club of Huntsville creates first historical display in a former public school

1961 - Jim Jordan is president and Rotary buys 31 acres to establish the Pioneer Village. Rotary runs the Pioneer Village as a committee of council until 1978

1962 - Youth Exchange becomes an official program to foster international understanding - now sponsoring 8000 student exchanges every year.

1965 - RI establishes the Group Study Exchange (GSE) program to promote world peace and understanding among young professionals

1966 to 1975 - Huntsville Founds Muskoka Pioneer Village

1966 - Rotary Club of Huntsville secures a grant and builds a new museum building on the 31 acre site purchased in 1961

1967 - World Community Service program started - Now contributes $26 M annually

1970 - Rotary presents "The Gondoliers" in Huntsville Adults $1.75 & Kids $1.25

1973 - Bill Farmer stars in "South Pacific"

1976 to 1985 - Polio Eradication

1977 - RI convention in Tokyo draws 39,800 people

1979 - Bill Sibeon stars in "Carousel"

1985 - RI and the World Health Organization launch Polio Eradication program

1986 to 1995 - Huntsville Grows

1989 - Women join Rotary worldwide

1990 - Rotary Club of Moscow chartered

1993 - Rotary and WHO reach 500 million polio vaccinations

1986 to 1995 - Rotary Club of Huntsville helps to fund new Library, Centennial Center, Fire Hall, Hospital, and WCS project in Dominican Republic, and concession at ball park

1995 - "Hello Dolly" caps four decades of Rotary Shows in Huntsville

1996 to 2003 - Rotary Flourishes in Huntsville

1997 - Rotary establishes 8 centers for international peace and conflict resolution

1995 - Huntsville club contributes $10,000 to renovations at Fairvern Nursing Home

1997 / 8 - Huntsville club builds the train station at Muskoka Heritage Place with Rotary room on second floor, builds hospital and school and homes in Guatemala,

2000 - Huntsville club builds pavilion at Avery Beach, hosts the RCMP Musical Ride 2002 - Huntsville club helps build Hunter's Bay Trail,

2003 - Rotary returns to Chicago for Centennial Convention and 

            Rotary membership reaches 1.3 million members in 32,000 clubs in 166 countries

2003 - Huntsville selects a Youth Skateboard Park as our Centennial Project

2004 to 2015 - The second century begins for Rotary

2004 - Rotary Club of Huntsville - Lake of Bays (Morning Club) chartered on Feb 25

2004 - Morning club partners with hospital auxiliary to host first Dragon Boat Race

2005 - Huntsville Club completes a $100,000 donation to the new day surgery at Huntsville Hospital, and twins with Club in Marabel, Trinidad

2005 - Huntsville's Ron Strickland is District Governor and hosts District 7010 Conference at Deerhurst Resort - Oct 13 to 16, 2005

2006 - Huntsville morning club commits $50,000 to Chrysalis women's shelter

2006 - Honours for 2 senior members  - Doug Stone 40 years - Jim Jordan 50 years

2006 - Two Huntsville Clubs host 200 and induct 15 into Paul Harris Fellowships at "Community Appreciation Night"