Club History

Club History: Rural-Urban Get-To-Gethers and Interests in Young people

Following WWI Ann Arbor Rotary began sponsoring Rural-Urban Get-To-Gethers for representative farmers of Washtenaw County. They understood that agriculturists quite often feel their city cousins don’t know or care about rural problems. The Club sought to correct this misconception. Sometimes alone, and at times in cooperation with one or more other service clubs in the […]

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Club History: Americanization Work and The Luncheon Talks

In the fall of 1920, the Principal of Perry School, Miss Carrie Dicken, sponsored continuing work to assimilate non-English speaking women of the city into local culture. That year, long walks to the school and weather conditions had been affecting attendance. This “Americanization Work” was made easier when Ann Arbor Rotary members put service above […]

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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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