District 7570 Rotary History Moment

District 7570 Rotary History Moment
Jane Crawford ableprinter@yahoo.com
The Largest Fellowship in Rotary - Foundation
In 1917, Arch C. Klumph, Rotary’s outgoing and sixth president, proposed to Rotary International Conven-tion in Atlanta, Georgia, the creation of an “endowment fund for Rotary….for the purpose of doing good in the world in charitable, educational and other avenues of service.
In July 1918, the endowment received its first contribution of $26.50. from the Rotary Club of Kansas City Missouri, which represented the net proceeds from the International Convention.

In 1927, after an attempt to change the endowment to a foundation, it failed. The following year at the 1928 convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the foundation had grown to $5,739 and it was renamed The Rotary Foundation becoming a separate entity within Rotary International. Arch Klumph became the first chairman and five other men were appointed as trustees to “hold, invest, manage and administer all its property…..as a single trust, for the furtherance of the purposes of RI.” Prior to this the Board of Directors for Rotary had oversight.

It was 2 years later, 1930, the first project funded by the Foundation occurred. It was to the International Society for Crippled Children, a program founded by Rotarian Edgar F. “Daddy” Allen in 1919. This organi-zation is known today as the Easter Seal Program. Rotarian Allen and other Rotarians brought an aware-ness of how children with disabilities often were “hidden” from the public. Rotarian Paul Harris served as the first chairman of the board of the National Easter Seal Society of Crippled Children and Adults and of the International Society for crippled children.

In 1938, a Rotary mandate of $10 per Rotarian from each club be donated to build the foundation to 2 mil-lion dollars.
1947 was the historical year. On January 27, 1947, Paul Harris passed away. Paul Harris had requested prior to his death rather than spend money on flowers to make contributions to The Foundation. After a telegram of 189 words of Paul Harris death and Harris desire, contributions began pouring in to Rotary In-ternational, and the Paul Harris Memorial Fund was created to build the Foundation. There was 1.3 million dollars given in his memory.

This was a great boost to the The Foundation establishing its first program, Fellowships for Advance Study, later named as we know as Ambassadorial Scholarships. And before the year had ended, a second pro-ject, Rotary Foundation Research Foundation had been birthed. The plan was formulated and 18 different Fellowships were granted for that fiscal year. A great tribute to the man who founded Rotary.

Jane Crawford, District 7570 Chairman