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Paul Harris
The Founder of Rotary
Born 19-Apr-1868
Died 27-Jan-1947
listen to a radio speech of Paul Harris gave in Boston in 1933.
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Paul P. Harris was born at Racine, Wisconsin, USA on April 19, 1868. A man with varied experiences, he received the Bachelor of Physical Culture and LLD degrees from the University of Vermont and the LLB degree from the University of Iowa. He was later awarded a honorary PhD in 1933 by the University of Vermont.

He worked as a newspaper reporter, a business college teacher, a cowboy and a salesman for a marble and granite concern, before finally settling down in Chicago as a lawyer in 1896. On 2 July 1910 he married Jean Thompson, a Scottish girl and a co-member of the Chicago prairie club.

The first Rotary Club was formed on February 23, 1905 by:

  1. Paul Harris with
  2. Sylvester Schiele - a coal merchant,
  3. Gustavus Loehr - a mining engineer and
  4. Hiram Shorey - a merchant tailor,

to bring together business and professional men in friendship and fellowship. This first club meeting formed the nucleus for the thousands of Rotary clubs that were later organised throughout the world. These new clubs were called "Rotary" because members met in rotation in their various places of business.

Paul Harris was elected President in the First Rotary Convention for the year 1910-11. He was then re-elected President for 1911-12 of the National association of Rotary Clubs. Their bulletin came to be known as "The National Rotarian."

Elected President Emeritus of Rotary International in 1912, he was active in Rotary until his death on 27-Jan-1947

Paul Harris Society Members of our Club
1. Ajay Aggarwal
2. Akkshay G Mehta
3. Anju Siraj
4. Apurva B Shah
5. Ashok N Shah
6. Bimal Parekh
7. Chetan Mehra
8. Devina Shah
9. Falguni Mehta
10. Gaurav Patel
11. Hardik Kapadia
12. Hemchand Kuber
13. Hiral Mehta
14. Hiten Shah
15. Kalpesh Shah
16. Ketan L Parikh
17. Munjal Kothari
18. Nikhil Shah
19. Nikunj Jhaveri
20. Paresh Kapasi
21. Parool Merchant
22. Pranabh D Mody
23. Premal Udani
24. Radhika D. Mehta
25. Rajen Shah
26. Rohan M. Shah
27. Sandip Mehta
28. Sanjay Karani
29. Sanjiv M Parikh
30. Sanjiv Mehta
31. Satish Patwari
32. Saurin Shah
33. Sonal Jhaveri
34. Sonal Ravi Shah
35. Sonali Premal Shah
36. Uday Merchant
37. Vijay K Shah
38. Vinay Kothari
39. Vipul Dalal
12 New Members who joined this year
40. Bindu Sheth
41. Janak Vaswani
42. Rikeen P Dalal
43. Sushil K. Jiwarajka
44. Rita Keval Shah
45. Anish Mody
46. Bharat Shah
47. Devandu Mehta
48. Nikhil Rungta
49. Satish Vora
50. Sneha Pathak
51. Yojit Gosalia