Apr 122012



Monday, February 16

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.



PDG Carol Wylie, Panel Chair ; PDG Bill Sergeant–”Polio Eradication & the Future”; PDG Bill Cadwallader, “Literacy” Moderator; PDG Steve Brown;

PDG John Nugent; PDG Werner Schwarz

“Polio Eradication and the Future”–PDG Bill Sergeant

History of Polio Cases:

* 1988–estimate 350,000 cases in 125 countries; 2003–approximately 720 cases in six countries, down from 1,900 cases in 2002.

* 2003 situation–most of the cases were in three countries (Nigeria–50% of the cases, but 75% were located in only five states; India–cases concentrated in one area; and Pakistan.) The other three countries were Afghanistan, “EJA”/Africa, and Egypt–one case.

* In 1988, 10% of the world’s children lived in polio free countries–in 2003, the 10% increased to 70% of the countries being polio free.

* The original objective of the polio free program was to “immunize” children from polio and other diseases. When “WHO” joined the effort in 1988, the objective was changed to the “Eradication of Polio” in the world.

* During the years of major PolioPlus Program efforts in the late 80’s and 90’s, many countries that were struggling with major conflicts were very cooperative and supportive of the program.

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Rochester Poets was founded in 1922 as the Rochester chapter of the Poetry Society of America. It is the oldest ongoing poetry and literary organization in the upstate New York region.

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A Sam Greene (D5240) Noted that China produced their own polio vaccine, with much training help and $ 5 million from Rotary. Also, no polio virus was found in North Korea.

A Bill Cadwallader (D7170) Remarked on the continuing cost of polio vaccine for inoculations to 2008 and beyond–probably several years.

Q Marty Peters (D5340) Will Rotary continue to support the vaccine labs?

A Yes*

Q Jack Lane (D6440) What are the sources for the needed $ 130 million short fall?

A Rotary expects to get it from government sources. France recently made a significant contribution.

Q Jesse Devlyn (D4170) There was much confusion regarding the $ 80 million polio eradication target last year. $ 115 million was collected. Please explain the currently stated $ 130 million short fall.

A The polio eradication target was not expected to cover the whole shortfall seen at that time.

Q Data Hasi Mustapha (D3300) Will the $ 130 million shortfall funds be needed to deal with the polio cases in the six countries where cases were found in 2003?

A Yes, and if insufficient funding is available, the effort will be extended.

“Literacy”–PDG Bill Cadwallader, Panel Chair

The literacy problem has a wide impact on the people involved. It impacts are on health, hunger and the world population explosion.

PDG Steve Brown–described a successful literacy program in Afghanistan (D5340 Project)

* Building a school; funding included $ 90,000, plus The Rotary Foundation helping grant.

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Challenges and Risks:

* Virus importation – Nigeria has been the source of several cases.


* It is estimated that program funding is still $ 130 million short – the smallest storage ever – it is expected that the funds will be forthcoming.

The Final Objective:

* “Certification of Eradication of “Polio” means stopping the circulation of the “wild/natural” virus (there are other versions of the polio virus).

* “Certification” is defined as three years of “no cases” – during the three year period, vaccinations will continue so as to increase the possibility of success.

Emphasis in 2004:

* Inoculation of 250 million children

* Monitor cross-border movement of children

* Find and inoculate hard to find children in Cairo, Egypt–e.g. those that live in upper floors of buildings without elevators.

* Containment of “stocks” of live polio virus located in labs in many places around the world.

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Monday, February 16

10:45 – 12:10 p.m.


PRIP Bill Huntley, 2005 Council On Legislation, Chair

Quote by Bill in his opening remarks: “Democracy is the worse form of government, except all the rest.”

Bill stated that the immediate past District Governor was the best to put to work.

He commented on a reason that the COL might be just every three years: MONEY> The attendance is costly. Bill stated that $ 3 million might be a lot to talk about attendance requirements for Club Meetings.

The next COL is to be held in Chicago.

Bill stated that the Triennial Meetings of the COL was to review the Constitutional Documents of RI.

ENACTMENTS: Change the Constitution or By-Laws of RI.

RESOLUTIONS: Suggestions to the Board but do not alter the Constitution.

COL is not a parliament. Why?

* COL does not propose enactments

* COL has no memory

* COL as no responsible for carrying out its own decisions

* It is not answerable to its constituents. (Except in a very limited manner.)

* In 1998, we made a momentous decision–eliminate the term “male” from all of our documents.

Officers of the Council–

Chairman, Past Director, Mark Maloney


constitute & By-Laws Committee: Al Frumkin, Jerry Yu, John Boag


PVP Bill Sergeant

PRID Dan Moores

PPVP Aves Gordon

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* US military provided support

* On-going support to the project includes:


–Internet support

–Rotarians to Afghanistan to teach English

–Support to a trade school for women

–Establishing a Sister City relationship with the city of Gahalabad; and starting a Rotary Club there.

PDG John Nugent–described a successful program called “Computers For Humanity” in support of the schools in a community in Peru. The program was conducted by several Rotary Clubs in New York/USA. It involved providing a number of repaired and upgraded computers in the schools.

* It took months to get the computers packaged, shipped, moved through Peru government officials, and finally to the schools. Local Peruvian Rotarians assisted in the process, including getting the schools prepared to receive the computers.

* Local Rotoractors fixed 17 of the computers that were damaged during shipment. Rotarians visited the school in support of the dedication of the computers, and while there, they presented some of the Peruvian computer techs with Paul Harris Fellow Recognitions.

PDG Werner Schwarz–described a literacy project in his own District (5160). The Project involved providing books for third grade children in some of the District 5160 schools–30,000 books have been provided, and the Project is continuing.

* Another literacy project in District 5160 has been support of the “Ade Majiyagbe Literacy For Women” Project; the “Ade Hope Fund”. Rotarians in District 5160 have raised, to date, $ 72,000 for this project under the leadership of DG Connie Crawford.


Q (Questioner Unknown) How does the cost of acquiring used computers, repairing them, then shipping them, compare with buying new computers for shipment to the destination?

A Both approaches can work. Also, commercial airlines will sometimes deliver such items – just ASK*

A Steve Brown (D5340) Microsoft recently donated 7,000 “obsolete” versions of Windows, and have committed to provide similar support in the future.

A Len Wasserstein (D5280) Made reference to the LA Times “Reading By Nine” Program which is supported by many of the Rotary Clubs in the Southern California area.

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Speakers in debate:

* One of the items being proposed is to bring back Senior Active members. (It only took us 95 years to get rid of it*)

Philosophy of the Council:

“We come from different lands and different backgrounds, meeting in the unity of rotary service and as we deliberate together we must do so in the same spirit of friendship and service. I hope to see a Council with an atmosphere of tolerance and goodwill. One where we meeting in the spirit of compassion and steadfast purpose.”

Getting Started:

They started drawing numbers for seats so everyone would have a chance to geet a good seat. They draw two numbers: one for their seat location in the morning and the other for their afternoon seat location. That way they have two chances to getting a good seat.

Orientation Session:

* Procedures are the fact the procedural motions take precedence over all other motions

* There are two statements relative to each proposal: (1) the financial impact and (2) the reason for the proposal.

Adoption for the Rules of Procedure:

* Two minutes for presenting the proposal.

* One minute for discussion.

Adoption of the Order of Consideration:

* Declaration of a quorum–over 50%

* Transmission of legislation

Financial Statements:

* Five-year financial forecast

Principal Motions:

* Principal Motions do not need a seond

* Procedural Motions–need a second (to amend; Postpone; Referred to Board; Table; Close Debate; Reconsider; Suspend Rules; Take From The Table

Number of Proposals:

* 616 of which 427 have been published; possibly another 50 or so equally 500

* This means to handle 100 items per day.

* Equal to 2001 Council On Legislation

Some proposed legislation:

* Increase in RI dues

* Decrease in RI dues

* Attendance and meeting intervals

* Use of technology

* Increase number of TRF Trustees

* Extend pilot programs

* Refraing for some years before adopting another global campaign

* Endorse Strategic Plan

* Discontinue Annual President’s Theme

* Change annual “expression of appreciation” for RI President

* District endorsement of club legislation

* Restore Senior Active classification

* Change intervals/qualifications for RI Directors

* Revise DG qualifications to ten years

* Allow canvassing

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Who attends?

* Voting Members: One delegate from each district. (It was initially expected that each member would pay his own way. The attendance pick up when RI started paying.

* Non-Voting Members: (bill said that when they first started the COL and were calling for the vote, they used to say, “Vote Yes” or ” No” but then they found that the Japanese thought they were saying “Vote No.” They instructions were then changed to: “Please vote.”

* RI President, RI Directors and General Secretary

* Past RI Presidents

* One Trustee of The Rotary Foundation (elected by the Trustees)

* Chairman and Vice-Chairman of the COL vote ONLY in case of tie

Constitution and By-Laws Committee:

* Three members-at-large

Who proposes Legislation?

* Any club.

* A District Conference

–You have three years to get your input in.

–If a club presents a proposal to the District, then the proposal will be reviewed and voted on at the next District Conference. The District conference may or may not endorse the proposal. The club still has the right to forward the proposal to the COL.

RIBI District Council:

* General Council of RIBI

* RIBI Conference


* The Board for The Rotary Foundation (with permission).

* The Council On Legislation itself. (In 1992, the Council decided that in 1995 they should equalize the election of directors. Equalized on the basis of population of Rotarians.

Reviewing the Legislation:

* By District Conference

* By District Council RIBI/Board of Directors

* Constitution and By-Laws Committee

Who may declare?

* Regular; Defective; Deficient

* Propose compromise legislation where there are similar proposals;

* Defective means something that is illegal and unacceptable

* Deficient items are still submitted to the Council.

* Compromised items are consolidates to one.

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Mar 312012

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Monday, February 16

9:20 – 10:00 a.m.



PDG Carol Wylie, Chair of 2004 Past Officers’ Reunion; PRID Sam Greene, Chair of 2003

Anaheim International Institute; PDG Dave Hossler, 2004 Past Officers’ Reunion

Marketing Co-Chair; PDG Werner Schwarz, 2004 Past Officers’ Reunion Publicity Chair

Carol Wylie–

* The Board had previously voted not to support an RI Institute in conjunction with the RI International Assembly.

* A resolution supporting a mid-year Institute this year was discussed at the RI Institute in Brisbane.

* The resolution was acted on by the Board in October.

* The Board approved a “reunion” at no cost to Rotary, without RI involvement, except for an “e-mail blast.” Participants would be permitted to attend the Assembly Plenary Sessions only after securing a yellow badge for $ 65.

Sam Greene–

* The first meeting of Past Officers was in 1937. The idea came from Australia.

* Institutes were held in conjunction with the RI Assembly from 1955 until 2000 when it was cancelled because of lack of a suitable hotel.

* These Institutes required annual approval by the RI Board.

* Ten years ago the first RI Institute was held at an RI Convention.

* Institutes in conjunction with Assemblies started in Lake Placid, and continued in Boca Raton, Nashville, San Diego and Dallas, (In 2008 International Assemblies will return to San Diego).

* Our problem was getting the word out. RI’s “e-mail blast” did not adequately notify past officers about the Anaheim meeting this year.

* Many Rotarians do not have e-mail, and many of those who do were not part of the “e-mail blast,” which was the only contact information RI would provide.

Dave Hossler–

* “Can you think of anything sadder than calling (last year’s gathering in Anaheim) the last Institute?”

* We need “to get to the Directors with dignity.”

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Q Dave Woods (D5260) Will changes be made to the system? Can we streamline the resolutions? Will there be time to discuss everything?

A In 2001 we had 1,300 proposals–dropped to 600. Did not have an answer on the other matters other than it will depend on the Council.

Q Dave Williams (D5280) Wants input from Past Directors.

A Problem seems to be the quantity of proposals.

Q Jim Scanlon (D6190) Thinks electronic voting will help a lot.

Q Sam Greene (5240) Any figures on fiances to stay in Chicago as opposed to moving around the world?

A I don’t have any actual savings figures. It is a question that we are still looking at. Certainly, there are greater advantages, as you know, to being near the Rotary International Headquarters. But, when you just consider some of the last places we’ve been to, the cheapest place in the world is here–Anaheim* When we had the 90-92 one next door, we were in the cheapest place for central travel. And, also, coming to California one can expect the weather is usually reasonable for those people who don’t possess an overcoat, because they’ don’t need one. And, also, distances seem to be better for this part of the world. But, remember we are not mandated to be in Chicago. We mandated in the vacinity of the Rotary World Headquarters. So, if any would like it in California, you need to move Rotary Center*

Q Rob Ketron (D7612) As a Quaker, he is concerned about minority views.

A PRIP Bill said that we must go by the Rules of Procedure. You can join in the debate and influence the vote.

Q PRID Mike Kutsuris (D5170) What about the districts that do not pay attention to RI?

A That was eliminated except for districts/clubs prior to 1989. Constitutions would only be made to bring their By-Laws closer to the RI By-Laws.

Q Jack Jones (D5280) Would you like to have experienced members or new ones each year?

A It is good to have experienced members, but that it is also important to have new blood on the Council.

A Sam Greene (D5240) We should have just one theme: “Service Above Self*”

Q Steve Brown (D5140) Once the Council takes place, what is the person’s responsibility?

A They should talk about the process in their clubs/districts. Meet with the clubs and share the happenings.

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Rochester Poets was founded in 1922 as the Rochester chapter of the Poetry Society of America. It is the oldest ongoing poetry and literary organization in the upstate New York region.

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Monday, February 16

8:50 – 9:20 a.m.



PRIVP Wilf Wilkinson, 2005 Convention Chair & Dick Galitz, HOC Chair

NOTE: PRIVP Lou Piconi, 2005 Centennial Convention Promotion Chair, was in an auto accident in Florida and was unable to participate in this panel discussion, as scheduled.

Wilf Wilkinson – (Convention Schedule–June 18-22, 2005)

* Monday – “A Look Back”

* Tuesday – “Rotary Today”

* Wednesday – “The Future”

* Concern: North American Rotarians historically do not support US Conventions

* Already 38,000 are registered for the Osaka convention (33,000 Japanese)

* All DGE’s have received materials regarding the convention along with registration forms.

* We MUST promote North American attendance in Chicago

* Rebates (a sliding, graduated scale) will be offered to Districts which register members by March 31, 2005 for Chicago. Rebates per members attending based on July 1 Semiannual Report:

2 – 4% registered – $ 15 rebate

4 – 6% registered – $ 25 rebate

6+% registered – $ 35 rebate

* Check goes back to District. May be used for transportation, float in parade, etc. Rebate checks will be mailed to the districts by August 15, 2005.

Rochester Poets – Free Speech Zone
free speech

These photographs are from Free Speech Zone poetry readings hosted at the Tango Cafe by the Rochester Poets every Tuesday at 8PM ET.

Rochester Poets was founded in 1922 as the Rochester chapter of the Poetry Society of America. It is the oldest ongoing poetry and literary organization in the upstate New York region.

To join their mailing list (informing subscribers of area literary events) send an email with the Subject: "Mailing List" to . Notices are primarily sent out via Facebook; if you do not have a Facebook account you should note this in your request.

Werner Schwarz–

* In 1937, Past Officers showed up uninvited. Inviting them to Institutes keeps them involved but away from the District Governor training sessions.

* Present officers need to be invited as well.

* Institutes associated with Conventions continue. It is only those associated with Assemblies that have been challenged. The climate has changed. We need to lobby the Board on this issue.

– Registration report

–250 Registrants

–27 Countries represented

–23 US States represented


* John Tyler (D5870) How did the net finances for the Past Officers’ Reunion turn out?

* We made a little net income.

* The problem before was that the RI staff negotiated for the hotel/

* Gene Scarborough did it more economically locally for this event.

* Rod Ketron (D7620) We should be proud of what we can do without Evanston. I found out about the meeting only a few weeks ago in Baltimore/Washington DC.

* Werner Schwarz (D5160) The e-mail blast went only to those who had requested e-mail contacts by RI.

* Toni Polsterer (D1910) International Institutes are the best – better than Zone Institutes.

* We only have two chances – at the Convention and at the Assembly.

* (From Denmark) We would like to organize attendance in Europe.

* Sam Greene (D5240) Directors need to publicize the event in their newsletters.

* David Woods (D5260) This was our “Stealth Institute.” We should each send information about it to our contacts around the world.

* Milton Iossi (D7730) How did the registration compare with last year?

* Last year: 344; this year: 245 through Friday.

* Al Slaggert (D6310) We could induce RI to release contact information by forming a Rotary International Fellowship of Past Officers.

* Bill Cadwallader (D7170) My experience leads me to conclude that we are better off not getting the RI staff involved.

* Carolyn Schuetz (D5170) I would prefer small group workshops.

* Rod Eide (D5320) Evanston, though negative is still “our leader.”

* Sam Greene (D5240) There are 17 Directors, not all of whom have good information about these Institutes.

* Jack Mayo (D5870) It is an important experience to be present when the new theme is announced. “History is being made.”

* Len Wasserstein (D5280) Had I known many PDGs from District would not show up, I would have contacted them.

* Carolyn Scheutz (D5170) The climate will change. We will again have Institutes in conjunction with our Assemblies.

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. Club Centennial Projects – With over 31,000 communities having Rotary clubs, it is important to show those communities what we do by having a Centennial project. As of today, 5,000 clubs have registered a variety of projects, which is just amazing. We need to push for the completion of these projects by 2005 and also let clubs know that it is not too late to register their projects with RI.

3. Centennial Twin Clubs Project – Clubs are encouraged to look for a “twin” in another part of the world. This project demonstrates the internationality of Rotary. It is also still possible to register with RI for twin club involvement.

4. Centennial Displays – The Centennial offers clubs the opportunity to gather photos, mementos, awards, and other items which tell the story of Rotary in the local community. These items could be displayed in local public libraries, museums, or even local storefronts. It is also worthwhile to buy the Rotary Centennial posters which display some of the many things Rotary does on an international basis. Also available are Centennial billboards which point out 100 years of service by Rotary International.

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Monday, February 16

8:00 – 8:50 a.m.



PRIP Cliff Dochterman

PRIP Cliff began his presentation with a commendation of the committee, despite the lack of RI encouragement. Institutes date back to the 1940’s “at no expense to Rotary.” From there he went into the main content of his presentation.

“The 100th anniversary provides Rotarians with the greatest opportunity to tell the world what Rotary is and does. We cannot miss this chance*” Rotary started the whole concept of the service club movement–”One of the greatest endeavors of the 20th Century”. We need to let communities know that our wheel stands for service, friendship, peace and world understanding. We have a “chance of a lifetime in our hands.”

There are 12 activities Rotarians can do to make the Centennial successful and each of us should pick one or two:

1. PolioPlus – In 1982 we said we could inoculate children against polio by 2005 and celebrate that at our centennial. This is going to be the case. A new video is under way plus a short history by Herb Pigman of PolioPlus and Rotary’s program of inoculation against polio. These should be used to tell Rotary’s story. Organize a special celebration of the completion of Polio Plus.

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* McCormick Plaza is the world’s largest convention center and the venue for the 2005 convention. All events will be under one roof.

On Saturday there will be an opening parade which will include members of various ethnic groups represented in Chicago. They may have floats or bands which tell about their ethnicity and Chicago. Floats can be rented for $ 600-$ 800 and then have to be decorated. Other service organizations, such as Lions and Kiwanis, are being invited to participate in the parade. Host activities will be held in the evening with opportunities for Rotarians to meet with the families of other Rotarians. On Sunday, there will be a “Race to the Finish” which is a combination run/walk. On Monday, a museum tour will be available to those who are interested and who pay an advance registration. The House of Friendship will be open every day and is a major Rotary gathering point. Chicago’s Mayor Daley has already extended a welcome and will also do so at the convention.

People can begin registering for the convention as of March 1, 2004 and are encouraged to do so early. A group registration form is also available for clubs/districts who

* 2005 Rotary International Convention offers several reasons to attend:

–Focus on the history of Rotary and its Centennial

–Chicago is an excellent convention destination and there will be many things to see and do

–Rotary convention highlights will be fun and interesting for all who attend

– Rotary convention allows Rotarians the opportunity to maximize their participation in Rotary International

–Chicago is the birthplace of Rotary International

Don Galitz – (HOC Committee)

* Chicago architecture is recognized through the world. Host Organizing Committee will offer a ride on the Chicago River.

* Chicago features artwork (mandatory for new buildings). Artists of the highest level are represented.

* Grant Park covers 18 miles of parkway along the lake shore.

* Chicago offers great museums (including Museum Campus – home of the “world’s Largest T-Rex”), and multiple ethnic communities (”largest Polish population outside of Warsaw).

* The Magnificent Mile for shopping.

* Chicago’s famous dining spots. There are 7,000 restaurants in Chicago.

* Excellent performing arts.

* Chicago is family friendly.

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9. Historic Aspects of Rotary – Clubs should utilize our Centennial year to schedule one meeting per month on some historical aspect of Rotary. At this time 12 different downloadable programs, covering a different items, are being developed in PowerPoint for Rotary club use by RI.

10. Special Events Within Clubs and Districts – The Centennial provides an opportunity for clubs, districts and zones to schedule special events and exhibits to let people know about Rotary. It is important that districts have a strong publicity person to let the media know what is going on in Rotary.

11. Centennial Postage Stamps – At this time, some 75 countries are issuing commemor-ative postage stamps in honor of Rotary International. The request for a stamp in the United States has been turned down twice, however, an act of Congress may change this. Congressman Brad Sherman of California has developed a resolution in support of a Centennial stamp. Contact your US Senators and Congressmen and encourage them to support such a resolution.

12. Two Major Goals – First we must continue our emphasis upon membership growth during our Centennial. We need good quality Rotarians and we need to encourage younger people to become members as we work toward our second century. Second, we need to encourage “Every Rotary, Every Year” to pledge a minimum of $ 100 in support of The rotary Foundation.

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Tourists in NY City. They’ve got one book that will cover everything they need to know about the entire USA. I love her wide-eyed look contrasted with his effort to try and figure out what he needs to see. From where they were found, their next stop is either Wall Street or more likely the World Trade Center site.

5. Worldwide Centennial Peace Seminar – This project is still in the planning phase but it is hoped that a seminar, which is international in scope, can be conducted in New York City at the UN and include Rotary International Peace Scholars alongside world leaders. It is hoped that if this seminar takes place, clubs will try to put together their own groups to participate.

6. April 2005: Centennial Service Above Self Month – Rotary is designating April of 2005 as Volunteer Month. Clubs are encouraged to ask all members to donate 10 hours of service during that month to benefit the local community. It is important that District Governors appoint a district volunteer chairman to assist in the coordination of this event. Just imagine the impact that 10 hours of service, per member, can have.

7. The Rotary Story – The first 100 years of Rotary is being documented in the Centennial History book. The book’s design is easy to read and contains lots of pictures. We suggest that copies be purchased ($ 25 from RI) and given to local libraries and museums.

8. Centennial Bell – Currently five Centennial bells are making the journey around five continents. They will make stops at the first 100 clubs chartered into Rotary. If the bell arrives in your local community, a ceremony should be made and the opportunity taken to tell Rotary’s story. There will also be the opportunity to purchase specially made Centennial bells at a cost of $ 500 each. Rotary clubs can utilize the bells to build a club program around Rotary’s history.

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PRID Sam Greene

The International Institute began in 1937 with the International Assembly and continued annually thereafter, except for 2000 when hotel space problems prevented the holding of the Institute. The Institute that is being held at the International Conventions started in 1989 but did not become an annual event until 1993. Therefore, the granddaddy of all Institutes is the Institute held in conjunction with the International Assembly.

The Zone Institutes were conceived in Australia and were first held in the United States in two Zones in 1965-66. The Institutes were for past and present officers of Rotary International and required annual approval by the Board of Directors.

Hence, the oldest Institutes are those held with the Assembly beginning 66 years ago. The Zone Institutes as a world affair are at best 38 years old. The Institute with the International Convention were not held consistently until 10 years ago.

Prior to 1928 the event now known as the International Assembly was known as the International Council. It was always, however, held for the purpose of training or otherwise assisting the new year’s District Governors in carrying out their duties. The Councils were held in Chicago, Illinois, the headquarters of Rotary International, early in the Governor’s year. The second week of July was the preferred time. The Council changed its name in 1928 to the Assembly and still met in Chicago.

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US Flag, backlit by the sun, waves on a windy day in NYC.

And, last, I might add number 13 – Participate in the Centennial Convention in Chicago in June 2005. There will be a centennial parade, as well as exhibits at the convention which tell Rotary’s story. Clubs or districts might think about being a part of the parade through developing a float, participating in a band, etc.

“Don’t expect someone else to plan the Centennial–not RI, not the Board, not the Trustees.”

“What a moment it will be in 2005 when we celebrate two million hours of community service, 10,000 Centennial projects, Polio eradication, and the 100th Anniversary Convention*”

“CATCH THE VISION on how we can celebrate Rotary*”

(PDG Jack Blane announced an effort to raise $ 50,000 to erect a memorial to Paul Harris, adjacent to the White House and the Department of Treasury, as part of a Points of Light Foundation project, honoring American “points of light” heroes and heroines–e.g. Jane Addams, Martin Luther King, Susan B. Anthony, Samuel Gompers, Helen Keller, John Muir. It will feature “The Extra Mile” Medallion set in granite. A solicitation has been sent to current DG’s only. No RI money will be used to promote or construct this memorial and if addition money is raised, it will be given to The Rotary Foundation.)

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