BRANSON DAYBREAKERS ROTARY CLUB Branson, Missouri USA History of Rotary Paul Harris Room 711 First Rotary Club
A wheel has been the symbol of Rotary since our earliest days. The first design was made by Chicago Rotarian Montague Bear, an engraver who drew a simple wagon wheel, with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate "Civilization and Movement." Most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads. Finally, in 1922, it was decided that all Rotary clubs should adopt a single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotarians. Thus, in 1923, the present gear wheel, with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted by the "Rotary International Assoc- iation." A group of engineers advised that the geared wheel was mechanically unsound and would not work without a "keyway" in the center of the gear to attach it to a power shaft. So, in 1923 the keyway was added and the design which we now know was formally adopted as the official Rotary International emblem.
Mottos Rotary's principal motto, "Service Above Self" and its other official precept, "He Profits Most Who Serves Best", evidence the enthusiam with which Rotarians embraced the ideal of service. The roots of both of these adages, adopted as official mottos at the 1950 RI Convention, can be traced back to the first decade of Rotary's existence, when "He profits most who serves his fellows best and Service not self were both put forth as slogans. In 1989, the RI Council on Legislation designated "Service above Self" as the principal motto. The Rotary emblem Rotary's first emblem was a simple wagon wheel (in motion with dust) representing civilization and movement.  Montague Bear, a member of the Chicago club, who was an engraver, designed it in 1905 and many Rotary clubs of the time adopted the wheel in one form or another. In 1922, authority was given to create and preserve an official emblem, and the following year the present gear wheel with 24 cogs and six spokes was adopted.  A keyway was added to signify that the wheel was a "worker and not an idler."  At the RI Convention in 1929, royal blue and gold were chosen as the official colors.
History of Rotary History of Rotary Paul Harris Paul Harris Room 711 Room 711 First Rotary Club First Rotary Club