Rotary History Bite #2/100: The first Rotary meeting


The Age, Saturday 23rd April 1921:

The “rotary” movement has invaded Melbourne. On Thursday, the first luncheon of the newly formed Rotary Club was held, and was attended by a large gathering of members. The function was marked by the fun and good humour which supporters of the movement cultivate – for Rotary has a special creed of it’s own.

Mr HB Lee who holds the office of “sergeant at arms” was presented with a boomerang by Sir John Monash as a mark of office.

From that auspicious start at Scotts Hotel, Sydney, Wellington and Auckland followed within several weeks. Then many other city and regional clubs were established within a short period. The rest, as they say, is history.