Old and authentic enamelled plate of the "Rotary International" of China
-Rotary International is an association that brings together 35,221 clubs as of September 30, 2015, present in nearly 200 countries and geographic regions. All of these Rotary clubs have a total of 1,228,250 members as of September 30, 20151 called Rotarians.
Rotary has historically been the first "service club" created in the world. The association, headquartered in 2015 in Evanston, Illinois, promotes itself as an apolitical and open organisation that promotes high civic and professional ethics and works to advance understanding and peace in the world. Its official motto is “Service above Self”, and there is a secondary motto which is “One profits most who serves best”.
Rotary International is funded by annual membership fees and donations to the Rotary Foundation.
The Rotary emblem is a 24-tooth gear wheel, a symbol of the transmission of energy. These 24 teeth also symbolise the fact that the spirit of service is exercised at any time of the day.
Local Rotary offices are referred to as the Rotary Club or Club Rotary.
Rotary was born in Chicago, Illinois, United States on February 23, 1905. It was on this date that its founder, Paul P. Harris, a lawyer, held the first meeting with three friends, Silvester Schiele, a coal trader, Gustavus H. Loehr, a mining engineer, and Hiram E. Shorey, a tailor. They were of German, Swedish, Irish, American origin and belonged to the Protestant, Catholic and Jewish and Freemason denominations.
Paul Harris's idea was originally to promote solidarity among businessmen, but the notion of humanitarian action soon added to this objective. Meetings were held in turn at each member's workplace, hence the name Rotary. The first few months were difficult, with many lively discussions about the desirable development between members of the first club. It was not until the end of 1906 that the development of Rotary could be considered calmly.
In 1962, Nitish Chandra Laharry was its first Asian president.
Ideal for loft decoration, Rotary Club or for Freemason collection
- Chinese Enamel Sign of "Rotary International"
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- Country of Origin
- Good condition - used with small signs of ageing
- 11×0×29 cm
- 213 g