Rotary Heritage and History International Fellowship

We are dedicated to preserving Rotary artifacts and sharing Rotary history.

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The Rotary Heritage and History International Fellowship of Rotarians (RHHIF) was approved by the 1987-88 Board of Rotary International. The fellowship operates in accordance with Rotary International policy and procedures, but the fellowship is not an agency of, or controlled by, Rotary International.

The object of the fellowship is to advocate for and coordinate the collection and preservation of memorabilia related to the heritage and history of Rotary International.


The objective of this fellowship is to advocate and promote the collection of Rotary International heritage and history, including physical artifacts and records; to encourage activity by others devoted to the preservation, growth and appreciation of the service club movement; to keep alive the mutual friendships created by Harris, Schiele, Shorey and Loehr, who first met in Room 711 of the Unity Building in Chicago; and to exchange information and Rotary Club, District, and Rotary International heritage and history, through the fellowship publication and our website.


Comely Bank (RIGHT) The home of Paul and Jean Harris is a priceless historic place. Far more than place, it is where Paul Harris healed wounded spirits, planted “Friendship Trees,” and loved the woman who supported him, and the Rotary ideal for four decades. The gift of “Rotary” to this world happened largely at this home, with the genius of Rotary’s founder, Paul P. Harris.