Historic moments -- Rotary convention history in Los Angeles
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In 1922, General Secretary Chesley R. Perry stood before a group of Rotarians at the RI Convention in Los Angeles and read a message from President Emeritus Paul Harris:
“It is a wonderful thing to have friends, many good, staunch, and loyal friends. They warm the heart and brighten up life’s pathway. . . . Rotary is the door to friendship. Let us throw it open to every people.”
The message was received with prolonged applause.
Approximately 6,000 Rotarians and guests attended the annual gathering that year. They enjoyed a trip to Long Beach Pike and a gathering at the Hollywood Bowl, among other activities.
Along with fellowship, attendees accomplished Rotary business as well, changing the organization’s name from the International Association of Rotary Clubs to its current moniker and unanimously adopting the RI Constitution and Bylaws.
L.A. , take two
In 1962, Los Angeles hosted more than 22,000 registrants at its second RI Convention. California Governor Edmund G. Brown, the first speaker, recalled the expansion of Rotary in his state since the 1922 convention. “I hope that you continue your great work, not only here in the United States but throughout the world,” Brown concluded.
For more historical information about Rotary, visit Rotary History and Archives or the Rotary Global History Fellowship.
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