The 23rd February is a significant day, because on this day in 1905, 4 businessmen in Chicago met  to talk about their personal experiences. They were Paul Harris, Gustavus Loehr, Hiram Shorey, and Silvester Schiele. At that meeting, Paul Harris unfolded his general plan for the formation of what became the First Service Club in the World  -  Rotary International.
 
The title “Rotary” developed from the founding members rotating the meeting amongst members’ offices.
 
Five years later there were sixteen Rotary Clubs and soon this organisation became international, first to Canada, then to England, Ireland and Scotland. In 1922 the name of the organisation became Rotary International.
 
Rotary came to Australia with the Chartering of the Rotary Club of Melbourne in 1921, which 3 years later Chartered the Rotary Club of Adelaide in February 1924. Most Rotary Clubs in South Australia and particularly District 9500 can trace their history to the Rotary Club of Adelaide.
 
Today there are over 1.2 million members in more than 33,000 communities in over 200 countries who are committed to strive to bring light and hope to local and distant disadvantaged and vulnerable communities as we light up Rotary.
 
International President Gary Huang quotes Confucius as having said “It is better to light a single candle, than to sit and curse the darkness.”
 
Gary goes onto to say  “Many people say  -  There's nothing I can do.   They sit there.  Do nothing.   Everything stays dark.”
 
But this is not the Rotary way. The Rotary way is the Confucius way.”   Gary Huang said “The Rotary way is to light a candle.   
 
                       I light one.    You light one.    
1.2 million people all light one.”      
District 9500 will be celebrating Rotary’s 110th Birthday with the screening of ‘The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel this week at 4 cinemas in the city and country with the proceeds to Rotary’s Signature Project – END POLIO as we strive to rid the world of POLIO.
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
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