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Rotary International Presidents' Themes www.historytheme.org
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Rotary Year
RI President/
(Pres- Home Club)
Theme
Theme
Graphic
1910
Stone
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1910-11
None

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1911-12
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1912-13
Stone
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1913-14
None

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1914-15
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1915-16
None

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1916-17
None

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1917-18
None

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1918-19
None

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1919-20
Stone
None

None

1920-21
None

None

1921-22
None

None

1922-23
None

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1923-24
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1924-25
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1925-26
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1926-27
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1927-28
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1928-29
None

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1929-30
None

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1930-31
None

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1931-32
None

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1932-33
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1933-34
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1934-35
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1935-36
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1936-37
None

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1937-38
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1938-39
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1939-40
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1940-41
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1941-42
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1942-43
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1943-44

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1944-45
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1945-46
None

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1946-47
None

None

1947-48
Enter to Learn, go forth to serve.

None

1948-49
None

None

1949-50
Objectives of Our Team for 1949-50: 1. Each new member admitted into a Rotary club to be adequately informed about his duties and obligations BEFORE his induction -- properly introduced to the club -- and effectively assimilated into the work of the club during the first year;  2. A better understanding and application of the principles of Vocational Service as set forth in SERVICE IS MY BUSINESS; 3. A contribution to world understanding and peace through an intensification of our international service program; 4. An outstanding district conference in every district.
 
1950-51
Goals for 1950-51: 1. In club service we must beget our heirs; 2. in vocational service honesty is still the best policy; 3. In community service we can plan for the future; 4. In international service we must reexamine our world; 5. And finally we can extend the influence of Rotary.
 
1951-52
Stone
Frank E. Spain
(Greensboro (Birmingham), Alabama, USA)
None

None

1952-53
H.J. Brunnier
(San Francisco, California, USA)
None

None

1953-54
Rotary is Hope in Action
 
1954-55
Stone
Six Objectives
for 1954-55:
1. glean from the past and act;
2. share with others;
3. build with Rotary's 4-Way Test;
4. serving youth;
5. international good will; 6. good Rotarians are good citizens.
1955-56
A. Z. Baker
(Cleveland, Ohio, USA)
Develop our Resources
1956-57
3 Targets 1956-57:
1. Keep Rotary simple; 2. More Rotary in Rotarians;
3. Learn More About Each Other
1957-58
Enlist-Extend-Explore-Serve
1958-59
Clifford A. Randall
(Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA)
Help Shape the Future
1959-60
Vislize!  Personalize!  Build Bridges of Friendship
1960-61
You are Rotary -- Live It!  Express It!  Expand It!
1961-62
Act
Aim for Action
Communicate for Understanding
Test for Leadership
1962-63
Kindle the Spark Within
1963-64
Stone
Meeting Rotary's Challenge in the Space Age
1964-65
Live Rotary
1965-66
Action, Consolidation and Continuity
1966-67
A Better World Through Rotary
1967-68
Make Your Rotary Membership Effective
1968-69
Stone
Participate!
1969-70
Review and Renew
 
1970-71
Bridge the Gaps
1971-72
Good Will Begins With You
1972-73
Roy D. Hickman
(Birmingham, Alabama, USA)
Let's Take a New Look -- And Act
1973-74
William C. Carter
(Old Windsor, Berkshire, England)
A Time for Action
1974-75
Stone
Renew the Spirit of Rotary
1975-76
To Dignify the Human Being
1976-77
I Believe in Rotary
1977-78
Serve to Unite Mankind
1978-79
Reach Out
1979-80
Stone
Let Service Light the Way
1980-81
Take Time to Serve
1981-82
World Understanding and Peace Through Rotary
1982-83
Mankind is One -- Build Bridges of Friendship Throughout the World
1983-84
Share Rotary -- Serve People
1984-85
Discover a New World of Service
1985-86
You are the Key
1986-87
Rotary Brings Hope
1987-88
Rotarians -- United in Service- Dedicated to Peace
1988-89
Royce Abbey
(Melbourne, Vic. Australia)
Put Life into Rotary -- Your Life
1989-90
Enjoy Rotary!
1990-91
Honor Rotary with Faith and Enthusiasm
1991-92
Stone
Look Beyond Yourself
1992-93
Real Happiness is Helping Others
1993-94
Believe in What You Do -- Do What You Believe in
1994-95
Stone
Be a Friend
1995-96
Act with Integrity
Serve with Love
Work for Peace
1996-97
Build the Future with Action and Vision
1997-98
Glen W. Kinross
(Hamilton, Qld, Australia)
Show Rotary Cares for your community for our world for its people
1998-99
Follow Your Rotary Dream
1999-00
Rotary 2000: Act with Consistency, Credibility, Continuity
2000-01
Stone
Create Awareness Take Action

 2001-02

Mankind is Our Business
 2002-03
Sow the Seeds of Love

2003-04

 

Jonathan B. Majiyagbe

(Kano, Kano State, Nigeria)

Lend a Hand

2004-05

Glenn E. Estess, Sr.

(Shades Valley, Ala., USA)

Celebrate Rotary

 

2005-06

 

Carl-Wilhelm Stenhammar

(Göteborg, Sweden)

Service Above Self

 

2006-07

William Boyd

Pakuranga, New Zealand

Lead the Way

 

2007-08

Wilfrid J. Wilkinson

Trenton, Ontario, Canada

Rotary Shares

2008-09

Dong Kurn Lee

(Seoul, Korea)

Make Dreams Real

2009-10

John Kenny

Grangemouth, Central, Scotland

The Future of Rotary is in Your Hands

2010-11

Ray Klinginsmith

Kirksville, Missouri, USA

Building Communities -- Bridging Continents

2011-12

Kalyan Banerjee
Vapi, Gujarat, India
Reach Within to Embrace Humanity 2011/12
2012-13 Sakuji Tanaka
Yashio, Saitama, Japan
Peace Through Service
2013-14 Ron Burton
Norman, Ok, USA
Engage Rotary, Change Lives
2014-15   GARY C.K. HUANG*
Taipei, Taiwan
Light up Rotary
2015-16 K.R. (Ravi) Ravindran
Colombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka
   
2016-17      
2017-18      
2018-19      
2019-20      
       

Themes pages, on RGHF, originally created by former RGHF member Doug Rudman, USA   

In the August 1931 issue of The Rotarian, RI President Sydney W. Pascall of Great Britain wrote an article called "Consolidate, Investigate, Translate." He was the first European to be elected RIP. In his think-piece he talks about the need for RI to be able to communicate with all its members in their own languages. His third paragraph reads as follows: "I have no slogan to suggest, no motto for the year, and Rotary needs no motto other than "Service" - "Service" unqualified, unconditional. "Let him that would be great among you be servant of all"; that is the Rotarian's high aim."

My first response is that there are three great mottos here, (1) Consolidate, Investigate, Translate, (2) Service and (3) Service, Unqualified, Unconditional. Second, he embraces the universal concept of service, and everything else in Rotary is a subset.
Doug Rudman
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