Canada post will issue a postage stamp featuring an anonymous figure sporting the traditional Rotary vest, to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Rotary International in Canada.
“It is a man’s job to be a good Rotarian, and he who lives up to the precepts will be a good neighbor, a kind friend, a loving husband, a companionable father, and an asset to the community in which he lives.”
Paul P. Harris, Founder, Rotary International
Oh, the simple pleasures of small-town life: the sense of fellowship and community; the warm, friendly neighborhood ties. If only these rural values could be brought to life in the city. And so began a movement—one that was born in a backroom in Chicago and would soon send ripples of goodwill across the border and around the world.
The first Rotary Club was founded in the United States as a small businessman’s club. Spearheaded by Paul P. Harris, a Chicago lawyer, the club’s membership expanded rapidly, as did its focus; Rotarians were soon using their new found comradeship to reach out to less fortunate members of their community.
The movement came to Canada in 1910, when the first Canadian club, the Winnipeg Rotary Club, was founded by P.A.C. McIntyre. The organization’s first officially chartered club outside the U.S., its founding marked Rotary’s transformation from a national to an international organization.
“Rotarians all across Canada, together with the family of Rotary that includes Interactors, Rotaractors, Inner Wheel and Probus Members, Youth Exchange Students and Rotary Scholars, are delighted that the service and contributions of Clubs are being recognized on this, the 100th anniversary of Rotary in Canada,” says Wilfrid Wilkinson, past President of Rotary International, from Cobourg, ON.
Title: Rotary International in Canada, 100th Anniversary
Date of Issue: 18 June 2010
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