Fonds MC238 - Rotary Club of Fredericton

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Rotary Club of Fredericton

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  • 1927-1988 (Creation)
    Rotary Club of Fredericton

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1.8 m of textual records
1 audio cassette tape

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(Fredericton branch organized in 1922)

Administrative history

Rotary International, the first international service club, was founded 23 February 1905 by Paul P. Harris, of Chicago, Illinois. Drawing its members from the ranks of business and professional leaders, the association seeks to provide humanitarian service, to promote high ethical standards in all vocations, and to build good will and peace throughout the world. Initially operating under the name Rotary, the association was renamed National Association of Rotary Clubs in August 1910. Following the formation of clubs in Canada and Great Britain, the name was changed to International Association of Rotary Clubs in 1912 and shortened to Rotary International in 1922.

The Fredericton Rotary Club was organized in April 1922 at the Imperial Restaurant with Mayor J. A. Reed presiding. It received a charter in June of that year as club no. 1199. Over the years, Fredericton Rotarians have raised money in support of physically disabled children, relief projects, charitable organizations (Salvation Army, Red Cross, Victorian Order of Nurses), and summer camps for children through the annual Rotary Radio Auction and other fundraising activities. In 1955 the Fredericton Club was incorporated by letters patent as Rotary Club of Fredericton, N.B. Inc. The original incorporators included Ralph St. J. Freeze, William J. West, H. Lester Smith, Clifford W. Vail, Harold H. Pickard, John Kilburn, A. M. Addington, Herbert H. Gunter, R. E. Tweeddale, Percy G. Thompson, and P. O. Beaton. In 2001 the club continues to serve the city of Fredericton and surrounding area.

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This fonds contains the administrative and financial records of the Fredericton Rotary Club, dating from the first decade of its existence. It consists of general correspondence, correspondence pertaining to the annual Rotary auction, notices of meeting, minutes of meeting, financial reports, a copy of the constitution, notes on the history of the club and its members, programmes, pamphlets, press clippings, and copies of speeches.

Also included are copies of Rotary magazines and Rotary song books as well as information pertaining to conventions, conferences, Rotary scholarships, Christmas parties for visiting students, and to the camp for physically disabled children.

There are also several commemorative plaques, an audio cassette tape recording information on the Adventures in Citizenship programme (1978), and photographs of the club's first meeting place, of the Rotary camp, and of activities associated with the annual Rotary auction (P496).

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Bulk of the records donated to the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick by the Fredericton Rotary Club between 1970 and 1988. A plaque commemorating the club's Golden Anniversary, 1 June 1942, was donated by Harry Hagerman, of Fredericton, N.B., on 12 April 1973.


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