The Ward M. Canaday Center

for Special Collections

The University of Toledo

Finding Aid

The Toledo Rotary Club Records, 1912-1998

MSS-145

Size:  13.5 linear feet

Provenance: received from the Toledo Rotary Club, Summer 1999

Access: open

Related Collections:

Processing Note:  Materials were processed while in the possession of The Toledo Rotary Club and were then transferred to The Ward M. Canaday Center

 

Copyright: The literary rights to this collection are assumed to rest with the person(s) responsible for the production of the particular items within the collection, or with their heirs or assigns.  Researchers bear full legal responsibility for the acquisition to publish from any part of said collection per Title 17, United States Code.  The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections may reserve the right to intervene as intermediary at its own discretion.

 

Completed by: Lisa Sudlow, July 1998

 

Historical Sketch

 

     The first Rotary Club was founded in Chicago on February 23, 1905 by Paul Harris, a lawyer.  Harris, who had recently moved to Chicago, wanted to become better acquainted with other professional men of the city.  Through a discussion with fellow professionals, Harris and his friends decided to organize a club to bring together a carefully selected group of businessmen, one from each trade, and let them get to know each other so it would be unthinkable to do business unethically.  Only men who were the proprietors of a business, partners in a business, or a corporate officer would be allowed to join so all of the members would be men of authority in their field and share similar interests.  Membership would be by invitation only and the name Rotary Club was chosen because the weekly meetings would rotate between the members’ places of business.  The mottos “Service above Self” and “He Gains the Most who Serves the Best” were chosen to represent the goal of the newly formed club.

     The idea of Rotary spread throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe.  In 1912 the name “International Association of Rotary Clubs” was adopted to issue charters to clubs outside of the United States.  The 1912 Convention was also the first time that The Toledo Rotary Club was represented by delegates.

     On May 3, 1912, Charles S. Turner, at the urging of a Rotarian friend from Cleveland, founded the Rotary Club of Toledo.  Toledo was the 44th Rotary Club to be chartered by Rotary International.  By the end of that first year the Toledo Club boasted 80 members.  In 1917, Toledo Rotary along with the Board of Education helped to establish a school for crippled children.  Helping crippled children soon evolved into one of the major charitable works of Toledo Rotary along with the development of a camp for Boy Scouts; a convalescence home for crippled children; international medical aid for those in need; capital improvements to existing agencies when local, state, and federal funds are not available; as well as providing scholarships to The University of Toledo for international students.  The Toledo Rotary was also instrumental in forming a juvenile court system in Toledo.   The Good Fellowship Foundation, to which members are obligated to contribute, helps to support these and various other charitable activities.  The Paul Harris Fellow is a title designated to members who have contributed $1000 or more to the Good Fellowship Fund and these moneys support scholarships for 1000 scholars. 

     In 1959 the Four-Way Test was created.  This test, designed for Rotarians to apply to all aspects of their lives, states that before a member undertakes to do something he should ask himself   1.  Is it the Truth?

  1. Is it fair to all concerned?
  2. Will it build goodwill and better friendships?
  3. Will it be beneficial to all concerned?

Through this Four Way Test as well as living up to the motto “Service Above Self” the Toledo Rotary Club has grown from the initial 80 members to nearly 500.  This mirrors the growth of Rotary in general from that first club in Chicago to 26,000 clubs in 200 countries with 1,000,000 members.

 

 

Scope and Content Note

 

     The records of the Toledo Rotary Club, 1912-1998, are composed of administrative records, committee files, correspondence, membership records, club projects, records of the Good Fellowship Foundation as well as scrapbooks and other materials detailing the history of the Toledo Rotary Club.  Later years (1970s on) are better documented than the earlier years of the club.

     The collection is divided into eleven primary series and arranged alphabetically, then chronologically.  (S1) Administration pertains to the general matters of running the club.  It contains files pertaining to the Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, District Assemblies and Conferences, as well as general office files.  (S2) Committee Files, contains the minutes, reports, and the various projects undertaken by the individual committees within the club, such as the Budget Committee, Membership Committee, and Program Committee.  (S3) Correspondence includes general club correspondence in addition to the Club President's correspondence and correspondence detailing the various speakers and programs sponsored by the club throughout the years.  (S4) Membership contains information on membership classifications, honorary members, and senior members.  (S5) Newsclippings is a collection of articles dealing with the Toledo Rotary that appeared in local newspapers from 1976-1985, and 1993-1994.  (S6) Photographs, consists of one file of miscellaneous photographs of club members and club activities.  (S7) Projects is made up of the files of the various club projects undertaken by Toledo Rotary as well as project proposals that were not approved.  (S8) Rotary International is a series that pertains to the International Rotary organization.  (S9) Toledo Rotary Good Fellowship Foundation, an endowment fund of Toledo Rotary, consists of the projects and scholarships undertaken by the Good Fellowship Foundation as well as a history of the foundation itself.  (S10) Toledo Rotary consists entirely of materials pertaining to the history of the Toledo Club as well as scrapbooks (which are fragile and in poor condition) dating from the founding of the club through the early 1930s. (S11) Rosters includes copies of the rosters of the Toledo Rotary Club 1915-1916, 1918-1919, 1921-1998.

 

Series List

S1 Administration
1965-1998, (2 linear ft.)
arranged alphabetically and chronologically 
Included in this series are files pertaining to the Board of Directors, Board of Trustees, District Assemblies and Conferences, general office files, as well as files pertaining to the general matters of running the club.
S2 Committee Files
1930s-1990s, (2.5 linear ft.)
arranged alphabetically and chronologically
This series consists of the minutes, reports, and various projects undertaken by the individual committees within the club.
S3 Correspondence
1920s-1990s,   (3.75 linear ft.)
arranged alphabetically and chronologically
This series includes general club correspondence in addition to the President’s Correspondence and correspondence detailing various speakers and programs sponsored by the club throughout the years
S4 Membership
1918-1990s, (.5 linear ft.)
arranged alphabetically and chronologically
Included in this series is information on membership classifications, honorary members, senior members, and other material pertaining to membership in the Rotary Club of Toledo
        
S5 Newsclippings
1976-1985, 1993-1994, (.5 linear ft.)
arranged chronologically
Series consists of clippings from local newspapers concerning the Rotary Club
S6 Photographs
Dates unknown (.1 linear ft.)
One folder containing misc. photographs of Rotary members and Rotary functions
S7 Projects
1970s-1990s, (2 linear ft.)
arranged alphabetically and chronologically
series consists of the files of the various club projects undertaken by Toledo Rotary as well as proposals for projects that were not approved
S8 Rotary International
(.1 linear ft.)
Arranged alphabetically and chronologically
Series is made up of misc. files pertaining to Rotary International
S9 Toledo Rotary Good Fellowship Foundation
1959-1994, (1.6 linear ft.)
Arranged alphabetically and chronologically
Series consists of  the projects and scholarships undertaken by the Good Fellowship Foundation, an endowment fund of the Toledo Rotary
S10 Toledo Rotary
1912-1998, (.30 linear ft.)
Arranged alphabetically and chronologically
Series is made up entirely of materials pertaining to the history of the Toledo Rotary Club.  This series also includes scrapbooks (which are in extremely poor condition) dating from 1912 through the 1940s.
 
S11 Rosters
1915-1916, 1918-1919, 1921-1998, (.15 linear ft.)
arranged chronologically
Series consists entirely of the rosters of the Toledo Rotary Club for the above years

 

 

Folder List

Box

Folder

Arrangement

 

 

   

 

 

S1   Administration (2 linear feet)

1

1

Board of Directors, n.d.

 

2

Board of Directors, 1993

 

3

Board of Directors, 1994

 

4

Board of Directors, 1995

 

5

Board of Directors, 1996-1997

 

6

Board of Directors, 1998

 

7

Board of Directors – Correspondence,  1991-1992  1 of 2

 

8

Board of Directors – Correspondence,  1991-1992  2 of 2

 

9

Board of Directors – Correspondence,  1992-1993

 

10

Board of Directors – Correspondence,  1993-1994

 

11

Board of Directors – Correspondence,  1994-1995

 

12

Board of Directors – Correspondence,  1995-1996

 

13

Board of Directors – Correspondence,  1996-1997

 

14

Board of Directors – Correspondence,  1997-1998

 

15

Board of Trustees,  1 of 2

 

16

Board of Trustees,  2 of 2

 

17

District Assembly  1 of 3

 

18

District Assembly  2 of 3

 

19

District Assembly  3 of 3

 

20

District Conference  (spring)

 

21

District Conference, 1965

 

22

District Conference, 1972  1 of 2

 

23

District Conference, 1972  2 of 2

 

24

District Conference, 1972 Correspondence  1 of 2

 

25

District Conference, 1972 Correspondence  2 of 2

 

26

District Conference, 1972 Promotional Materials

 

27

District Conference, pamphlets  1 of 2

2

1

District Conference, pamphlets  2 of 2

 

2

District Conference, 1989

 

3

District Governor, Lowell E. Thurston,  1989-1990

 

4

District Governor, Zane U. Bourisseau,  1990-1991

 

5

District Governor, Glenn Hennings, 1991-1992

 

6

District Governor, Dr. Elwood Anderson, 1992-1993

 

7

District Governor,  John M. Brodbeck

 

8

District Governor, John D. Kurfess, 1995-1996

 

9

District Governor, Jim Smith, 1996-1997

 

10

District Governor, H. W. Goodnight, 1997-1998

 

11

District 6600, Correspondence

 

12

District 6600, group student exchange  1 of 5

 

13

District 6600, group student exchange  2 of 5

 

14

District 6600, group student exchange  3 of 5

 

15

District 6600, group student exchange  4 of 5

 

16

District 6600, group student exchange  5 of 5

 

17

District 6600, literacy challenge

 

18

District 6600, Manual of Procedure

 

19

District 6600, zone institute

 

20

Office files, club assembly  1of 3

 

21

Office files, club assembly  2of 3

 

22

Office files, club assembly  3of 3

 

23

Office files, club policies

 

24

Office files, constitution and by-laws  1 of 2

 

25

Office files, constitution and by-laws  2 of 2

 

26

Office files, election/officers procedure

 

27

Office files, executives’ association

 

28

Office files, invocations and prayers

 

29

Office files, Oregon/Northwood Rotary

3

1

Office files, Perrysburg Rotary

 

2

Office files, speaker list

 

3

Office files, territory boundary

 

 

 

 

 

S2  Committee Files  (2.5 linear feet)

 

4

Attendance Committee

 

5

Boys Work Committee

 

6

Bridge Committee

 

7

Budget Committee

 

8

Budget Committee, 1957-1960  1of 2

 

9

Budget Committee, 1957-1960  2of 2

 

10

Budget Committee, 1960-1965  1 of 3

 

11

Budget Committee, 1960-1965  2 of 3

 

12

Budget Committee, 1960-1965  3 of 3

 

13

Budget Committee, 1966-1967

 

14

Community Service Committee

 

15

Community Service Committee (vial of life) 

 

16

Concern for Aging Committee

 

17

Council for Past Presidents

 

18

Foundation Advisory Committee

 

19

Friendship Committee

 

20

Funding Subcommittee  1993-1994  (long range planning and budget)

 

21

Golf Committee

 

22

Good Fellowship Fund Advisory Committee

 

23

Greeters and Hosts Committee

 

24

Handicapped Service Committee

 

25

Handicapped Service Committee (DECEM Center)

 

26

House Committee

 

27

Information Committee 

4

1

International Service Committee

 

2

International Service Committee (MESA, medical project)

 

3

Investment Review Committee

 

4

Membership Classification Committee Minutes,  1981-1989

 

5

Membership Classification Committee,  1985-1986

 

6

Membership Classification Committee, 1986-1987

 

7

Membership Classification Committee, 1987-1988

 

8

Membership Extension Committee,  1985-1986

 

9

Membership Extension Committee, 1986-1987

 

10

Membership Extension Committee, 1987-1988

 

11

Membership Extension Committee, 1988-1989

 

12

Membership Extension Committee (classifications) 1994

 

13

New Members Committee

 

14

Nominating Committee

 

15

Program Committee

 

16

Scholarship Subcommittee

 

17

Strategic Planning Survey

 

18

Tellers Committee

 

19

Vocational Service Committee

 

20

Spouse’s Committee

 

21

Youth Committee

 

22

Youth Committee (Four-Way Test Speech Contest)

 

23

Youth Committee (Ronald McDonald House)

 

24

Youth Committee (YWCA Battered Women’s Shelter)

 

 

 

 

 

S3  Correspondence  (3.75 linear feet)

 

25

Alexander, Paul

 

26

Anniversary of Rotary Clubs

 

27

Archives

 

28

Attendance Committee

 

29

Board of Directors and Officers

 

30

Bowling League, 1929

 

31

Boys Work Committee

 

32

The Bridge

 

33

Budget

 

34

Bunker, Alvah

 

35

Community Service Committee

 

36

Constitution Study Committee

 

37

Convention Committee

 

38

Crippled Children’s Committee

 

39

Detroit Rotary Club

 

40

District 660 Assembly (Defiance)

 

41

District 660 Conference (Ashland)

 

42

District 660 Conference (Marion)

 

43

District 660 Conference (St. Marys)

 

44

District 660 Conference  (Toledo)

 

45

Education/Information Meetings

 

46

Esperanto

 

47

Executive Secretaries Conference

 

48

The Family Tree

 

49

Fremont Rotary

 

50

Friendship Committee

 

51

Golf Committee

 

52

Golf Tournament

 

53

Grants

 

54

Greeters and Hosts Committee

5

1

Head Table Seating

 

2

House Committee

 

3

International Society for Crippled Children

 

4

Kelsey Memorial Forum

 

5

Leadership Forum

 

6

Loans

 

7

Memorials

 

8

Misc.  1 of 3

 

9

Misc.  2 of 3

 

10

Misc.  3 of 3

 

11

Ohio Society of Crippled Children

 

12

Perfect Attendance Awards

 

13

Perrysburg Rotary

 

14

Program Committee

 

15

Publication letters

 

16

Puerto Rico Trip (District 660)

 

17

Rehabilitation Work

 

18

Rotary International Convention (Atlanta)

 

19

Rotary International Convention (Houston)

 

20

Rotary International Convention, 1968

 

21

Rotary International Convention, 1969

 

22

Rotary International Headquarters

 

23

Scholarships

 

24

Service to Rotary Clubs Committee

 

25

Sympathy Notes

 

26

Thank You Notes

 

 

 

 

 

Subseries –Membership

 

27

Attendance

 

28

Classifications  1 of 2

 

29

Classifications  2 of 2

 

30

Dues

 

31

Leave of Absence  1 of 2

 

32

Leave of Absence  2 of 2

 

33

Membership Committee

 

34

Resignations

 

 

 

 

 

Subseries – President’s correspondence

 

35

Benjamin Dansard, 1987-1988

 

36

Richard B. Hartley, 1988-1989

 

37

Charles R. Schaub, 1989-1990

 

38

Steven E. Morris, 1990-1991 

 

39

Robert Young, 1991-1992

 

40

 A. Stephen Martindale, 1992-1993

 

41

Charles A. Stocking, 1993-1994

 

42

Susan L. Martin, 1994-1995

 

43

Eric J. Simmons, 1995-1996

 

44

Thomas Bloomer, 1996-1997

 

45

Marvin K. Himmelein, 1997-1998

 

46

Bill Bates, 1998-1999

 

 

     

 

 

Subseries – Speakers/Programs

6

1

Carl S. Abbott

 

2

John D. Anderson

 

3

Heber J. Badger

 

4

Bangladesh Emergency Relief Fund

 

5

Jim Bennett

 

6

Bond Issue for Toledo Public Schools

 

7

Chris Borden

 

8

Walter J. Breckenridge

 

9

The Bridge

 

10

Edward M. Brigham Jr.

 

11

Richard Bucholz

 

12

Franklyn Carney

 

13

Dennis Glenn Cooper

 

14

James C. Cornwell

 

15

Robert Cotlow

 

16

Robert Croskery

 

17

Arthur Dewey

 

18

Roland Doeden

 

19

Hugh Downs

 

20

Kalman B. Druck

 

21

Frank E. Duddy

 

22

Rear Admiral Alene B. Duerk

 

23

Glenn G. Dunbar

 

24

Ron Farquhar

 

25

Edward C. Ferriday

 

26

John Gardner

 

27

Phillip Geary

 

28

Ray Geiger

 

29

Ralph Gerstle

 

30

Dr. Reuben Gornitzka

 

31

George W. Goth

 

32

Fran William Hall

 

33

F.W. Hamper

 

34

Bently T. Handwork

 

35

Jay L. Hanna

 

36

Carter C. Hardwick Jr.

 

37

Bob Harrington

 

38

Earl L. Hilfiker

 

39

Hazel W. Hooper

 

40

Joseph L. Hudson Jr.

 

41

Eduard and Nina Ingris

 

42

Charles W. Jarvis

 

43

Edgar T. Jones

 

44

Junior Achievement

 

45

Neville Kanakaratne

 

46

Robert Kazmayer

 

47

Kiplinger Wahington Editors, Inc.

 

48

Zeno Klinker

 

49

Virginia H. Knauer

 

50

George Kocher

 

51

L.S. (Skip) Kreider

 

52

Thomas Lane

 

53

Major Pedro Diaz Lanz

 

54

Aubert Lavastida

 

55

Keith Leenhouts

 

56

Dan Lehman

 

57

General Lyman Lemnitzer

 

58

Richard Linde

 

59

David F. Linowes

 

60

Dwight Long

 

61

Lucas Co. Levy for Child Services

 

62

Charles Lucet

 

63

Dr. Fred E. Luchs

 

64

C.F. Lyons

 

65

Chess Lyons

 

66

Tom Martin

 

67

Karl H. Maslowski

 

68

Maumee Valley Historical Society

 

69

Samuel L. Meyer

 

70

Misc.

 

71

Dr. Donald J.D. Mulkerne

 

72

Nagal – Moore

 

73

Walt B. Noble

 

74

H.Bruce Palmer  

 

75

Harry Pederson

 

76

Peggy’s Marionettes

 

77

H.Ross Perot

 

78

Hugh Pope

 

79

J.Lewis Powell

 

80

William Proxmire

 

81

Lee “Skipper” Quinn

 

82

James A. Rhodes

 

83

Kenneth Richter

 

84

Ralph Salerno

 

85

Senator William Saxbe

 

86

Norman Schley

 

87

John Scott

 

88

Shop Program, Interlake Steel Corporation

 

89

Elliot D. Sluhan

 

90

Carleton Smith

 

91

Godfrey Sperling Jr.

 

92

Carl B. Stokes

 

93

Senator Robert Taft Jr.

 

94

Quinn Tamm

 

95

Charles Forbes Taylor

 

96

Renee Taylor

 

97

Samuel H. Thomas

 

98

Toledo Orchestra

 

99

John C. Trever

 

100

Leon Volkov

 

101

General Lewis W. Walt

 

102

Stanton A. Waterman

 

103

Donald A. Weadon

 

104

Marvin E. White

 

 

 

 

 

S4 Membership (.5 linear feet)

 

105

Additional Active List 

 

106

Classification changes

 

107

Deceased Rotarians  1 of 3

 

108

Deceased Rotarians  2 of 3

 

109

Deceased Rotarians  3 of 3

 

110

Disputes  1 of 2

 

111

Disputes  2 of 2

 

112

Honorary Members  1 of 3

7

1

Honorary Members  2 of 3

 

2

Honorary Members  3 of 3

 

3

President’s Club  1 of 2

 

4

President’s Club  2 of 2

 

5

Senior  1984-

 

6

Senior Active

 

 

 

 

 

S5  Newsclippings (.5 linear feet)

 

7

 Not dated

 

8

1976

 

9

1977

 

10

1978

 

11

1979

 

12

1980

 

13

1981

 

14

1982

 

15

1983

 

16

1984

 

17

1985

 

18

1993-1994

 

 

 

 

 

S6  Photographs (.1 linear feet)

 

19

Misc. photographs

 

 

 

 

 

 S7  Projects (2 linear feet)

 

20

Approved Projects, 1990-1991  1 of 2

 

21

Approved Projects, 1990-1991  2 of 2

 

22

Approved Projects, 1993-1994

 

23

Fellowship Events

 

24

Group Study Exchange Team, England, 1972

 

25

Group Study Exchange Team, Australia 1978-1979

 

26

Group Study Exchange Team, Turkey  1982

 

27

India Glass

 

28

India School

 

29

Interluncheon Golf League

 

30

International Fellowship of Flying Rotarians  (IFFR)

 

31

International Yachting Fellowship of Rotarians  (IYFR)

 

32

Loftus Memorial

 

33

Owens Tech Scholarship Loan Fund

 

34

Polio Plus

 

35

Rejected Projects, 1993-1994

 

36

Requests for Funds, 1991

 

37

Scholarships and Youth Exchange

 

38

Toledo Rotary 50th Anniversary

 

39

Toledo Rotary 75th Anniversary  1 of 5

 

40

Toledo Rotary 75th Anniversary  2 of 5

8

1

Toledo Rotary 75th Anniversary  3 of 5

 

2

Toledo Rotary 75th Anniversary  4 of 5

 

3

Toledo Rotary 75th Anniversary  5 of 5

 

4

Toledo Rotary 75th Anniversary Art Project

 

5

Williams-Barrie Trip  Oct. 27-28, 1982

 

6

World Community Workshop

 

7

Youth Exchange 1986-1987

 

8

Youth Exchange Program Materials

 

9

Youth Exchange – Wellens, Ludger,  1987-1988

 

10

Youth Exchange – Victor, Oliver,  1990-1991

 

11

Youth Exchange – Aguiliar Gonzalez, Patricia C.

 

 

 

 

 

S8  Rotary International (.1 linear feet)

 

12

Misc.  1 of 2

 

13

Misc.  2 of 2

 

14

Rotary International Foundation

 

15

Scholarships

 

16

75th Anniversary

 

 

 

 

 

 S9  Toledo Rotary Good Fellowship Foundation (1.6 linear feet)

 

17

Bittersweet Farms Grant

 

18

Budget Planning

 

19

Campaign, 1987-1988

 

20

Campaign, 1993-1994

 

21

Camp Miakonda

 

22

Channel 30, capital improvement

 

23

Charter Foundation Fellowship

 

24

Constitution and Policies

 

25

William Cooke Memorial Scholarships  1 of 3

 

26

William Cooke Memorial Scholarships  2 of 3

 

27

William Cooke Memorial Scholarships  3 of 3

 

28

Correspondence

 

29

Foundation Enhancement Program

 

30

Foundation  Recognition Day  April 5, 1993  

9

1

History

 

2

International Park

 

3

Junior Achievement Grant

 

4

Major Project, 1992-1993  1 of 2

 

5

Major Project, 1992-1993  2 of 2

 

6

MESA Matching Funds Project

 

7

Projects (Misc.) 1959-1985

 

8

Projects, 1985-1986

 

9

Projects, 1986-1987  1 of 2

 

10

Projects, 1986-1987  2 of 2

 

11

Projects, 1987-1988  1 of 2

 

12

Projects, 1987-1988  2 of 2

 

13

Projects, 1988-1989  1 of 2

 

14

Projects, 1988-1989  2 of 2

 

15

Projects, 1989-1990  1 of 3

 

16

Projects, 1989-1990  2 of 3

 

17

Projects, 1989-1990  3 of 3

 

18

Projects, 1991-1992

 

19

Projects, 1992-1993  1 of 2

 

20

Projects, 1992-1993  2 of 2

 

21

Reminders

 

22

Requests not approved

 

23

Requests received

 

24

Sunset House Grant

 

25

UTCentennial Mall

 

26

Wills and Bequests

 

 

 

 

 

S10  Toledo Rotary (.30 linear feet)

 

27

History   1 of 8

10

1

History   2 of 8

 

2

History   3 of 8

 

3

History   4 of 8

 

4

History   5 of 8

 

5

History   6 of 8

 

6

History   7 of 8

 

7

History   8 of 8

11

1

Scrapbooks  1911-1914

12

1

Scrapbooks  1912

13

1

Scrapbooks  1914-1917

14

1

Scrapbooks  1921-1968

15

1

Scrapbooks  1958-1963

 

 

 

 

 

 S11  Rosters (.15 linear feet)

16

 

1915-16

 

 

1918-19

 

 

1921-58

17

 

1959-82

18

 

1983-98

 

 

 

 

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