Flag and Banner of Rotary International
The Old Fashion
An official flag was formally adopted by Rotary International at the 1929 International Convention in Dallas, Texas, United States. The Rotary flag consists of white field with the official wheel emblem emblazoned in gold and blue.
Rotary’s official flag, was first flown in Kansas City on 14 January 1915, from the roof of the Baltimore Hotel as a group of Rotarians and their wives looked on. (see photo below)
In 1915, the Rotary flag was raised at the International Convention in San Francisco, California, U.S.A. On Rotary Day also in San Francisco, the flag was attached to a huge kite and sent aloft. At night, it was visible around the Golden Gate city as searchlights played on it.
Some Rotary clubs use the official Rotary flag as a banner at clubs meetings. In these instance, it is appropriate to print the words Rotary Club above the wheel symbol and the club’s name below the emblem. The photo below shows a good example in China:
The club banner is displayed prominently at the venue of Taipei Rotary Club, Taiwan (1954), where is the Inter-City Forum with delegates from Hong Kong, Kowloon and Macau Rotary clubs.
Rallying Round the Flag, Rotarywise
In 1926, Admiral Richard E. Byrd, a member of the Rotary Club of Winchester, Virginia, U.S.A., carried a silk Rotary flag with him on man’s first flight to the North Pole.Three years later, Admiral Byrd was a guest of the Wellington Rotary Club, New Zealand, where he was presented a flag to carry on his flight over the South Pole.The Rotary standard has been unfurled high and low. In 1932, Professor Auguste Piccard was presented a flag by the Rotary Club of Zurich, Switzerland, and he carried it on his balloon ascent 55,777 feet into the stratosphere. In 1933, the Rotary Club of Houghton, Michigan, U.S.A., took the Rotary International banner to the bottom of the shaft of the Quincy Copper Mine – 6,254 feet deep.
United States Astronaut Frank Borman, a member of the Rotary Club of Space Center (Houston), Texas, U.S.A., carried not a flag, but a club banner on the Apollo 8 flight for the first manned orbit of the moon on Christmas Eve, 1968. He presented it, framed on a plaque, to Rotary International at the Honolulu Convention in 1969.
In 2005, in commemoration of Rotary’s centennial, Rotarian and Rotaract climbers carried flags to the summits of Mount McKinley and Mount Everest.
Canadian plants Rotary flag on Everest
End Polio Now –
The First National Immunization Days in China 1993-94
October 24 is Rotary’s World Polio Day 2017.
Twenty plus years ago, there were the first National Polio Immunization Days in China, which made China reached 100 million children in historic immunization campaign.
On December 5, 1993, the People’s Republic of China launched the world’s largest National Immunization Day (NID) by then. In a 24-hour period, the world’s most populous country immunized more children than in all of Asia and Africa. An estimated 100 million children received two doses each of oral polio vaccine at local immunization posts and health centers. Chinese President Jiang Zemin (中國國家主席江澤民) and several state leaders attended immunization sessions in Beijing, as well as in some cities of other provinces.
Read the comprehensive report from the attached 5 pages pdf here