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THE HISTORY OF DISTRICT 4400, ECUADOR

A Part of Our History of Rotary in South America

Prepared by the district and not verified by Rotary Global History

 

The home page of this story, more than seventy-seven years ago, began in May 1927 when Rotary International decided to extend the borders of their ideals to our country.

Years earlier, the seed had been planted and Rotarians in South America with the first club in Montevideo, Uruguay, in 1918.

In Ecuador was Mr James H. Roth, delegate of the President of Rotary International, who acts on the creation and constitutions of the first two clubs: the "Guayaquil" and "Quito".


The date of the charter of the Rotary Club of Quito is the same as the Rotary Club of Guayaquil, July 13, 1927 and the two were signed by the President of Rotary International Mr Arthur H. Sapp, Indiana, USA

Other countries that joined Rotary in the same year as Ecuador were Germany, Bolivia, Korea, Indonesia, Pakistan and Paraguay.


These two clubs kept the Rotary flame burning brightly and for a long period in each of their cities, until 1969.

In that year, the Rotary Club of Guayaquil founded a new club in their city -  "Rotary Club of Guayaquil North" on 24 November. when the elected President was President Dr. Enrique Ortega Moreira, he being based in Quito.

 

RC Guayaquil was responsible for a second club, "the Rotary Club Chillos", formed on  December 30, with its first President Carlos Serrano Polanco.

 

However, before these dates are already set up new clubs in other provincial capitals of the country.

 
The following story is a big push to create new clubs, the principles: "Give them rather than thinking about it" and "Amistad during service" are disseminated through these groups of people committed to solidarity and mutual aid that make up Rotary clubs. At present there are fifty-three Rotary clubs assets, the length and breadth of the entire national territory, which make up our District 4400.

 

The seed of solidarity, sown by this great visionary Paul Harris and his fellow route, in the first hundred years ago Rotary Club, 1905, in Chicago, USA, came to Ecuador for more than seventy-seven years, has taken root and resulted for the good of our society. Throughout this period of light has always been the desire of service clubs and friendship among its members. We are convinced that it will forge our future with dedication, work, service and friendliness. 

 
Espaņol
 

acknowledgements to the District Board, Clubs, Members and Webmaster of the District

posted by RGHF Webmaster, Greg Barlow. September 2008