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The plaque commemorates the centenary of Rotary International in 2005. The plaque is located in front of a pergola which was presented to the community by Rotary on the occasion of its centenary. 

Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. It is a secular organization open to all persons regardless of race, colour, creed, religion, gender, or political preference. There are 34,282 clubs and over 1.2 million members worldwide.

The first Rotary Club was formed when attorney Paul P. Harris called together a meeting of three business acquaintances in downtown Chicago, at Harris' friend Gustave E. Loehr's office in the Unity Building on Dearborn Street on February 23, 1905. In addition to Harris and Loehr (a mining engineer and freemason), Silvester Schiele (a coal merchant), and Hiram E. Shorey (a tailor) were the other two who attended this first meeting. The members chose the name Rotary because initially they rotated subsequent weekly club meetings to each other's offices, although within a year, the Chicago club became so large it became necessary to adopt the now-common practice of a regular meeting place.


Address:Portrush Road & Glebe Street, J. B. Ware Reserve, Glen Osmond, 5064
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.961388
Long: 138.644269
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Structure
Monument Theme:Culture
Actual Event Start Date:23-February-1905
Actual Event End Date:23-February-2005


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 17th October, 2004
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Presented To The Community Of Glen Osmond
By The Rotary Club Of Glen Osmond On
 17th October 2004

Celebrating The Centenary Of Rotary
1905 - 2005

Source: MA
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