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Rotary Club Updates February 21, 2019
  • Last week’s program was our Linda Ralston, who gave an interesting program on the Orphan Train and her father, who “rode the train”.
  • Our program this week will be Beth Klug, the new Executive Director of Shepherds Crossing.
  • We have several individuals that have indicated an interest in the Rotary Peace Fellowship program.  Remember, endorsed applications for the program are due May 31st.  Please let Brad Shaw or Bill Richter know if you are aware of someone who may be interested in this important program.
  • Another reminder that our next Rotary on Tap will be at Mr. Ks on February 21 from 5pm-7pm.  I know there are several other events that evening, but please take the time to join us for some Rotary fellowship time.
  • The KSU Rotaract Club will meet this coming Sunday, February 24th. 
  • Once again, I remind you that the Rotary Leadership Institute (RLI) will be held in Manhattan on March 30-31.  I’m now aware of at least three from our club who will attend.  Hopefully, a few more members will consider attending this informative program.
  • The District 5710 conference is April 26-26 at the Cyrus Hotel in Topeka.  The registration fee is $140 unless you are a first-time attendee.  The cost for first-time attendees is $70.  If you elect to stay overnight, the convention room rate at the Cyrus is $139 per night.  I’ve seen the agenda and it looks like the convention will be both informative and interesting.
  • Due to a full agenda at our club meeting, rather than take time to report out at the meeting on your Board of Directors meeting, below some of the items we discussed:
    • We are looking into several fundraisers for our club
    • Global Grant Scholars were to be interviewed in Lawrence last Saturday
    • We need to take time during one of our weekly meetings to get an update from Vernon Turner on how best to use Club Runner
    • Due to the turmoil in Haiti, any activities we have been considering via Vern Henricks are now put on hold
    • At the request of several members, we will look into creating a hardcopy membership directory
  • Upcoming Dates of Interest
  • February 21: Rotary on Tap (Mr. K’s)
  • February 24: Rotaract (KSU Union)
  • March 19: Rotary on Tap (Blue Moon)
  • March 30-31: Rotary Leadership Institute (Manhattan)
  • April 25: Rotary on Tap (Colbert Hills – Joint social with Konza Club)
  • April 26-27: District 5710 Conference and Assembly (Cyrus Hotel, Topeka)
  • May 21: Rotary on Tap (Bluestem Grill)
  • June 24: Rotary on Tap (Little Apple Brewery)
Governor Blanche Parks announces annual Conference April 26 and 27 in Topeka at the newly opened Cyrus Hotel.

This article was posted on Facebook by Rotarian Evan Burrell.

On this day 27th of January 1947, Paul Harris Died.

Here is the text of an article from the Chicago Tribune:

The death of Paul P. Harris, the founder of Rotary International, and its President Emeritus died yesterday in his home, Comely Bank, at 10856 Longwood Dr. He was 79 and had been in failing health in recent years. He was a lawyer in private life.

Mr. Harris founded Rotary in 1905, and since then had seen it grow from a single club with a few members in Chicago to 5,638 clubs in 75 countries with more than 259,000 members.

A spirit of loneliness influenced Mr. Harris in part to create a worldwide organization. He was born in Racine, Wisconsin but raised in Vermont. He was educated at Princeton and the University of Iowa in 1891. For five years he roamed, working as a newspaperman, an actor, and a salesman. He worked on fruit farms and twice worked his way to Europe on cattle boats.

In 1896 Mr. Harris settled in Chicago and began the practice of law. Although friendly by nature, he had few friends, and he saw others, like himself not native to the city, in a similar situation.

One day in 1900 Mr. Harris had dinner with a lawyer friend, and later the two strolled the neighborhood where his colleague introduced Mr. Harris to several neighborhood merchants as his friends. Up to then, Mr. Harris had not made social friends out of these business friends, or clients. The neighborhood experience gave him an idea.

Mr. Harris decided to organize a club of representative business and professional men in fellowship and friendship. Three of his clients, Silvester Schiele, Gustavus Loehr, and Harry Ruggles, joined with him. They met periodically in the old Mme. Galli restaurant, often called the birthplace of Rotary, where over the dinner table they discussed plans for the club.

On Feb. 23, 1905, Rotary was born and was so-called because its members met in rotation at their several places of business. The idea spread, and similar clubs were formed in other cities. The essence of Rotary's purpose was and is--serve; high standards in business, professional and community life.
The Rotary Club of Blue Island-Crestwood and other Rotarians created a memorial at Mount Hope Cemetery in Blue Island, Illinois to Paul Harris and his life-long friend Silvester Schiele. The cemetery is best known for the Rotary memorial as well as the resting place of Lions Clubs International founder Melvin Jones.

"As Rotarians walk on the path leading to the Paul Harris Shrine, it is almost overwhelming to realize how this humble man spawned an organization that has spread throughout the world.

The pictures tell the story, but the true feeling sets in when one visits his grave site and sees the Shrine that was dedicated to him.

Harris' friend since before the turn of the century, and the first Rotary president, Silvester Schiele not only lived next door to the Harris', but his grave was moved to the memorial for Paul Harris after the founder's death.

Today, in Mount Hope Cemetery near the southern edge of Chicago, there is a "work in progress" known as the Paul Harris Memorial. It is a memorial to Paul P. Harris, who founded the Rotary movement. A few feet away from the humble resting-place of Harris is his longtime friend Silvester Schiele, the first president of the first club of Rotary - Rotary One in Chicago, IL.

The Rotary Club of Blue Island, IL makes its annual pilgrimage to the gravesites to honor the significance of "this place" and to memorialize that they were in essence in the presence of the "seed" and "roots" of a worldwide organization today known as Rotary International. It would be known as the "lighthouse" for many service organizations to follow.

It was during his participation in the pilgrimage of the 1985-86 Rotary year that Governor Dr. Cedric A. Pope, District 645 conceived the idea of creating a memorial for Harris and Schiele and realized the importance of securing the land between and around their two gravesites.

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