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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 23, 1920, Lethbridge, Alberta MONDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1920 i'HE' LKTHBHllXiB DAILY HERALD PAGE NINE THIS IS ROTARY'S BIRTHDAY One Club with 4 Members in 1905 600 Clubs with Members in 1920 Community Interests Begun in Chicago Fifteen Years Ago now World Famous as ROTARY An Organization which in 600 cities of the United States and Canada and elsewhere has come to be known in each locality as a power fdr good, an example of high standards of ethics and personal character, and a cross-section of the substantial business element of each community. The remarkable growth of Rotary has been spontaneous, entirely without the aid of systematic or paid organization work; and stands today A Monument to At Big Idea which has "sold" itself to the alert, wide-awake, pro- gressive business element of America and of the World. Wherever you find a Rotary community, that community is led by the Creed of Laving Right To the Rotarian, Community Prosperity is greater than per- sonal profit. His City is the "best in the country" and his country the "best in the world." The Rotarian is an all-wool, yard-wide he-man who works hard, plays square, and gives with a smile. He has an eye for a neighbor's need, a hand trained to help, and 'a heart for true men, good women and little children. Origin Rotary was torn February 23, 1905. Four Chicago men, one a lawyer, one a mining operator, the third a coal ,dealerjfc.ajid a, on that day to organize 'a- club. These men, drawn together through mutual acquaintance, proposed a-series, of meetings at their respective places of business. The circle soon was enlarged by representatives from oth- 6r lines of. business so that within a year a membership of fifty was reached. As the time came for each to act the host, he gave a dis- course on his own business.so'that his guests might learn something worth while regarding it, and thus broaden: their own knowledge concerning various businesses outv side their own. Growth t 'In 908, San Francisco, having learned of the Chicago Rotary Club, patterned one after it. This was 7. rapidly followed 'by others. Eventually, the National 1 'Board of Commissioners, a delegate body representing- fourteen: clubs, first National Convention. This was held Chicago. At that time the term "National Association of Rotary Clubs" was adopted, but a few years later was. changed recognition of a Canadian club represented and an application for membership from a club.which had been organized in London. Rotary is now established in-trie British Isles, in South America, Cuba. Hawaii, the Philippines, China and India. AIL clubs seeking membership are carefully surveyed to insure proper caliber of represen- tation of sufficient lirfes of business to justify membership in the International Association. The name "Rotary" was selected early in theMe of the Chicago Club and was suggested by the1 early meetings which were held in "rotation" at the various members' places o( business The Rotary Platform RECOGNIZING the commercial basis erf. modern life as a necessary incident in human -the Rotary Club Is organized to express' that- proper refation between private interests and the fusion 'of private Interests which constitute society, To accomplish this purpose mor effectively the principle of limited membership has" been' adopted, the Rotary -i Club consisting of one representative fMm each distinct Ifne of business or profession. Each member is benefit- ted by contact with representative men engaged. In, different occupations and enabled thereby to meet more.Intelligently the responsibilities of civic and bus- iness life, The basTs-ofcfiib membership Insures the representa- tion of. a.lt and the domination of none In the consideration qf public questions relating to On account of .its limited membership the Rotary Ctub dots not 'constitute, itself the voice of the entire com- munity on questions of .general importance, but "action .on :such.questions IE of great influence In t vancing the, civic and business welfare of the munity. The Rotary Club demands fair dealings, honest meth- ods. and high, standards fn business. No obligation, actual or Implied, to Influence business exists In Rotary, Election :to Membership therein fj an expression of confidence of the club in the member elected, and of Its goad wlll-lowards him: As his business Is an expression of "hfnisftif; he is expected actively to represent it. Membership ifn the Club'ls a privilege and an opportunity and Its responsibility demands honest and efficient service and thoughlfulneis for one's fellows. Service is basis of all business, Most Who Serves Best Objects The "objects" of the Rotary Qub are to encourage and High ethical standards in business and The ideal of Service as the basis of all worthy The active interest of every Rotarian in the civic, com- mercial; social and moral welfare of his community; The development of a broad acquaintanceship as an opportunity for Service, as well as an aid to success; interchange of ideas and business methods as a means of increasing the usefulness of Rotarians; The recognition of the worthiness of all legitimate occupa- tions and the dignifying of the occupation of each Rotar- ian as affording him an opportunity to serve society. Membership The Rotary Club is restricted to one member from each distinct line of business or profession. Such a plan makes for thorough representation by all branches of business, yet prevents an unwieldy number or the domina- tion of any club by any one business Or'profession. Such a membership becomes an ideal forum for the considera- tion of public or civic questions. It prevents lagging interest, for if a lagger develops he is dropped for a new and alert member. Contact and exchange of ideas with diversified businesss interests is broadening in every sense and tends (o intro- duce fresh thought and new viewpoints into every busi- ness and profession represented. V Summed up, Rotary is Man's Humani Rotarian, there you see a Good ty to Man at its Broadest, Biggest and Best. Wherever you see a Citizen, an Asset to his Community and a Leader in his Craft. THIS ADVERTISEMENT PLACED BY THE ROTARY CLUB OF 1 ;