In 2016-17, The Rotary Foundation turns 100. That's a century of helping Rotary members change lives and improve communities all over the world.
Throughout the year we're posting excerpts from "Doing Good in the World: The Inspiring Story of The Rotary Foundation's First 100 Years." You can purchase the book at shop.rotary.org.
To learn more about the Foundation's centennial and find tips and resources for celebrating, visit www.rotary.org/foundation100.
From Chapter 2, "The Seed Is Planted":
Rotary International was one of 42 organizations invited to serve as consultant to the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Conference on International Organization in San Francisco in 1945. Each organization had seats for three representatives —one "consultant" and two "associate consultants." Rotary International's eleven representatives served three at a time, in rotation.
RI's consultants to the United States delegation:
Philip Lovejoy, Chicago, Illinois, RI General Secretary, 1942-52
Richard H. Wells, Pocatello, Idaho, 1944-45 RI President
Lester B. Struthers, Chicago, Illinois, RI Assistant Secretary
Tom J. Davis, Butte, Montana, 1941-42 RI President
Charles L. Wheeler, San Francisco, California, 1943-44 RI President
J. Raymond Tiffany, Hoboken, New Jersey, 1942-43 RI Vice President
Cyrus P. Barnum, Minneapolis, Minnesota, RI Assistant Secretary
Walter D. Head, Montclair, New Jersey, 1939-40 RI President
Allen D. Albert, Paris, Illinois, 1915-16 RI President
Luther H. Hodges, New York, New York, 1967-68 RI President
Leland D. Case, Chicago, Illinois, Editor, The Rotarian
Rotarians from many other countries also attended the conference as delegates or consultants. Today, Rotary International appoints Rotarians to act as special representatives to the United Nations and its other agencies and publicizes its value as an advocate for peace.