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NO. R-82.  JOINT RESOLUTION congratulating Rotary International on the occasion of its centennial anniversary.


Offered by:  Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Doyle of Washington District, Senator Ayer of Addison District, Senator Campbell of Windsor District, Senator Condos of Chittenden District, Senator Cummings of Washington District, Senator Flanagan of Chittenden District, Senator Gander of Windham District, Senator Giard of Addison District, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans District, Senator Kitchel of Caledonia District, Senator Leddy of Chittenden District, Senator Lyons of Chittenden District, Senator MacDonald of Orange District, Senator Mazza of Grand Isle District, Senator Miller of Chittenden District, Senator Mullin of Rutland District, Senator Scott of Washington District, Senator Shepard of Bennington District, Senator Snelling of Chittenden District, Senator Starr of Essex-Orleans District, Senator White of Windham District and Senator Wilton of Rutland District.

Whereas, on February 23, 1905, Paul E. Harris, a Chicago attorney raised in Vermont, invited three business associates to form a club to share “mutual cooperation and informal friendship such as all of us had once known in our villages,” and

Whereas, this club, the Rotary Club of Chicago, was the world’s first service organization and served as the beginning of the international organization now known as Rotary International, and

Whereas, in 1910, Rotary opened its first club outside the United States in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and, in 1922, the organization was officially renamed Rotary International, and

Whereas, soon after its formation, Rotary International broadened the organization’s original mission of supporting the professional and social interests of members to serving communities in need around the world, and

Whereas, Rotary International, through its Rotary Foundation established in 1928, supports many worthy humanitarian and education programs worldwide, and

Whereas, in 1985, the foundation established PolioPlus, “a program to protect children worldwide from the cruel and fatal consequences of polio,” and

Whereas, since the World Health Assembly’s 1988 challenge to eradicate polio, the foundation and its governmental and nongovernmental partners have achieved a 99 percent reduction in the number of reported polio cases, and

Whereas, Rotary International has a wonderful history of establishing path‑setting cultural exchange programs, starting with the youth exchange in 1927; the intercountry committees in the 1930s; the ambassadorial scholar program that since 1947 has afforded students the special opportunity to study abroad; the group study exchange which, starting in 1965, has sent teams of young professionals to exchange ideas with their colleagues in other nations; and since 2002, the Rotary Center for International Studies, which offers students a curriculum in peacemaking and conflict resolution, and

Whereas, at its centennial, Rotary International is an international organization comprising 1.2 million members in 31,000 local Rotary Clubs located across the globe in 166 countries, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly congratulates Rotary International on the occasion of its centennial anniversary, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Rotary International in Evanston, Illinois, and to each Rotary International District in Vermont.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont