of History, Calum Thomson, CPF, PHF, Major Donor,
Benefactor. Transport Management, RC of Longniddry & District, RI D1020 Zone
District 1020 District Rotary Foundation Committee Chair 2007-10,
District Grants Sub-committee Chair 2004-07, Member, RIBI Foundation
Committee 2009-10, Zone 17 Co-ordinator RI Health and Hunger Resource Group
2009-10, Researcher/writer and
History Fellow for Rotary Global History
since the winter of 2001 Cal is also the coordinator for the
conventions and convention host clubs sections. He is also contributing editor for ”Our
Foundation Newsletter” and a former contributing Editor of “What Paul Harris
Said” 2006-08. Since 2011, Vice President of History for RGHF, and
an essay writer since 2011.
He was awarded the "Ches Perry" Fellowship by the Rotary Club
Appointed to the board in January of 2004.
Elected to the 2004
Board and served as vice-chairman to the 2005-06 Board.
Calum served as
Chairman/President of RGHF from 2006-2007.
Calum Thomson Has both LLB and MA degrees and is a member of the Institute
of Transport and Logistics (MILT) - and an Associate Member of the Institute
of Transport Administration (AMInstTA).
"Looking at my Pelican History of America's index, I cannot
find any references to "Rotary" or "Paul Harris". I do, incidentally,
find the names of some eminent Rotarians such as Woodrow Wilson and Franklin
We shall have to find our own history.
Understanding the past is, obviously, important in helping to
explain the present. Why, for example, did the movement expand so rapidly?
The answer lies with the early pioneers who understood that the "Booster"
concept of self interest was flawed and only appropriate for short-term
advantage. If the movement could adapt to serve the community both at home
and abroad, it would be able to attract men (and women) from every part of
Rotary has to provide history as a resource for all of
its 30,000 clubs. In the age of the world-wide web, it is so easy for one
inaccuracy to spread like a common cold. The "History
of Rotary" Project web site
should be a repository of all definitive answers.
Rotarians, the world over, can examine the past and also read
of Rotary critics such as G. B. Shaw or H. L. Mencken and realise that in
reality, the sternest critics are club members themselves.
So, let us learn from the past and try to live up to those
who began these Adventures in Service."
(also see Why I am a Rotarian)