Australia's First Rotary Club A History of the Rotary Club of Melbourne (Hardcover)
|Author: Owen Parnaby|
|This history of Rotary in Australia, from its formation in 1921 by a group of Melbourne’s leading citizens, to its spread across southern Australia, and its growing prestige under the leadership of Sir Angus Mitchell, the first Australian president of Rotary International, is related against the backdrop of the great social and historical events of the 20th century. Detailing members’ valuable contributions to Rotary Australia’s social and educational programs and its transformative power on the quality of life for the elderly and disadvantaged, this biography will appeal not only to past and present Rotarians, but also to those interested in the social history of the past century.|
From the Publisher:
The Rotary Club of Melbourne was the first of its kind in Australia. Since its inaugural luncheon on 21 April 1921, the club has had an outstanding record of philanthropic endeavour and charity work, as well as service to the cause of Rotary on the international scene.|The list of members of the early Melbourne club reads like a Who's Who of Australian businessmen since World War I. In later years, with the increase in the number of Melbourne-based clubs, not to mention the admission of women members in the late 1980s, the range and interests of members was less concentrated, leading to a greater diversity of activities.|The Melbourne club is now faced with changing social and economic conditions that are causing the breakdown of community cohesion. The first Rotary Club was born out of a response to the competitive and harsh business environment of Chicago in 1905. The Melbourne club is responding to similar conditions by seeing them as an opportunity to expand the tradition of service.