Origin and Growth of Rotary
The first club was formed in Chicago, February 23, 1905, by attorney Paul Harris and three friends. Just three years later a second club was organized in San Francisco. From that point forward, the principles and ideals of the founding clubs caused the rapid growth of additional clubs. Sixteen clubs were represented at the first Rotary convention in Chicago in 1910. The great philosophy of Rotary mushroomed in a little over fifty years to all parts of the world. Rotary International, the world's first service club organization, is made up of nearly 33,000 clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas with more than 1.2 million members. Rotary is truly an international force for world-wide good and understanding; serving mankind in many walks of life and growing under a multitude of mores, customs and creeds.
Our Early History
On Friday, February 6, 1914, thirteen Shreveport men gathered at the Youree Hotel, at the urging of John B. Yauger. Various professions and businesses were represented. Our club's unique meeting time of 12:13 P.M., was established to honor the original thirteen businessmen that founded our club. These thirteen men unanimously agreed to the formation of the Rotary Club of Shreveport:
H.B. Mabson | W.R. Hirsch
J.B. Babb | O.P. Dahiken
P.E. Townsley | S.W. Mason
S.B. Simon | Dr. I. Schwartz
J.B. Yauger | Dr. George S. Sexton
J.L. Scales, M.D. | R.A. Wagner
John C. Abel
Saturday evening, February 28, 1914, the Rotary Club of Shreveport, with 40 members, was formally organized and enrolled as a member of the then International Association of Rotary Clubs. John E. Shelby and J.Y. Marlyn of Birmingham, representing the Southern District, presided.