Approved by Rotary International criteria, The Rotary Heritage and History International Fellowship was organized in 1988 at the RI convention in Philadelphia
RHHIF was organized a group of 57 Rotarians, the Paul Harris 711 Club, a foundation for the preservation of the place where Rotary was born in 1905, and the District 6450 Rotary Club of Blue Island Memorial Committee, a foundation organized to maintain the grave site of one of Rotary’s founders and its first club president, Silvester Schiele, and to construct a monument honoring Rotary and a walkway honoring RI Presidents.
Room 711: Rotary’s birthplace. Click to enlarge.
Room 711: Rotary’s birthplace.
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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.
With the help of RHHIF, Room 711 was saved, and now there is an opportunity to preserve COMELY BANK, the home of Paul and Jean Harris, as the center of the history of Rotary.