Club History

Club History: The Prohibition Issue and a Forerunner of Rotary’s Polio Project

In July of 1918, the Club voted unanimously by secret ballot to show its spirited sentiment in support of national prohibition during WWI. A determined faction in Michigan unsuccessfully attempted to nullify the Eighteenth Amendment with an amendment to the State Constitution permitting wine and beer. In February of 1919, a Club meeting theme, “The […]

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History Insight: The Harpoon

Created and named in 1916 by the Club’s first secretary, Charles A. Sink, the Harpoon has had a continuous role chronicling Club history. The letterhead, conceived and drawn by past-presidents Shirley Smith and Wilfred Shaw, depicts a whale stabbed to the heart by a spear with it’s meaning revealed in a 1918 Harpoon by the following conversation […]

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A trip down memory lane: Beginnings

Are you curious about how the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor was started? Ever wondered about our great club’s past? Here begins a trip down memory lane, where we’ll be exploring some moments from our club’s past. Beginnings… The year was 1916. World War I was beginning its third year. Ford’s Model T had been […]

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