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DeKalb Rotary Club Records


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Rotary Club of DeKalb Records

Rotary International Records

Addendum 1

Addendum 2

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Collection Overview

Title: DeKalb Rotary Club Records, 1930-2005

ID: RHC/RC/230

Extent: 5.25 Linear Feet

Arrangement: The records of the DeKalb Rotary Club dates from 1930-1998 and consists of two series:  DeKalb Rotary Club Records and Rotary International Records.

Date Acquired: 04/02/1998. More info below under Accruals.

Subjects: Rotary Club (DeKalb, Ill.), Societies-- DeKalb

Languages: English

Scope and Contents of the Materials

The records of the DeKalb Rotary Club dates from 1930-1998 and consists of two series:  DeKalb Rotary Club Records and Rotary International Records.  Series I, DeKalb Rotary Club Records contain histories, membership directories, attendance records, group study exchange information, photographs and the clubs newsletter, The Pepper Box.  The newsletter is the official bulletin of the club and includes historical and membership information and activities of  the DeKalb club and other clubs in the USA and abroad.  Also included in the records are several plaques, a photograph album, and a scrapbook dating 1941-1942.  Series II includes publications published by The Rotary International and a audio-visual program entitled, The Most Important Man.”           

The addendum includes notebooks containing rosters, bulletins, membership development and finance information, programs, board meeting minutes, brochures, and other records pertaining to the daily running of the DeKalb Rotary Club.  Also included are The Pepper Box newsletter, scrapbook items and a Rotary International directory and centennial promotional kit.

Collection Historical Note

The DeKalb Rotary Club was organized on January 22, 1921 under the sponsorship of the Joliet Rotary Club.  The Club’s founding officers were president, W.W. Wirtz; vice president, E.A. Shetter; secretary, E.E. Woods; treasurer, C.W. Whitten; Sergeant at Arms, Dr. O.W. Nelson.  

The object of Rotary is to encourage and foster the ideal of service as a basis of worthy enterprise and, in particular, to encourage and foster:  1) The development of acquaintance as an opportunity for service; 2) High ethical standards in business and professions; the recognition of the worthiness of all useful occupations; and the dignifying by each Rotarian of his occupation as an opportunity to serve society; 3) The application of the ideal of service by every Rotarian to his personal, business, and community life; 4) The advancement of international understanding, good will, and peace through a world fellowship of business and professional men united in the ideal of service.  

The DeKalb Rotary Club sponsored many projects and programs.  In 1923 the club sponsored one of their first projects when the outdoor swimming pool located on South Malta Road opened.  The pool was located at the present location of Lions Park.  

In September 1926, John McQueen of Kirkland donated land north of Kirkland on the Kishwaukee River to the Club.  The land, given in trust to the DeKalb Rotary Club, was to be used to establish a camp ground for Boy Scout and Girl Scout organizations in DeKalb County.  Totaling 27 acres, the Club built and maintained an outdoor swimming pool, six cottages, a mess hall, administration building, a halfway house, and six wooden screened-in shelters.  

The Club also sponsored scholarships for DeKalb High School students, foreign exchange programs for students, and Group Study Exchange Programs for fellow Rotarians.  In 1944 the DeKalb Rotary Club sponsored the Sycamore Rotary Club and in 1949 both rotary clubs along with the DeKalb and Sycamore Garden Club planted trees on Route 23 between the two cities.

Subject/Index Terms

Rotary Club (DeKalb, Ill.)
Societies-- DeKalb

Administrative Information

Repository: Northern Illinois University

Accruals: An addendum was added at a later date.

Access Restrictions: There are no restrictions on access to the collection.

Use Restrictions: Property rights in the collection belong to the Regional History Center; literary rights are dedicated to the public.

Acquisition Source: Frank Moore

Acquisition Method: Frank Moore of the DeKalb Rotary Club’s Historical Committee donated the clubs records to the Northern Illinois Regional History Center on April 2, 1998.

Box and Folder Listing

Browse by Series:

[Series I.: Rotary Club of DeKalb Records],
[Series II.: Rotary International Records],
[Addendum 1],
[Addendum 2],

Series I.: Rotary Club of DeKalb Records
Box 1
Folder 1: A Brief History of the Rotary Club of DeKalb, Illinois from the Date of Organization, January 20, 1921-January 20, 1951
Folder 2: 25th Anniversary, 1946
Folder 3: 30th Anniversary, 1951
Folder 4: 34th Anniversary, 1955
Folder 5: Golden Anniversary, 1971
Folder 6: 75th Anniversary, 1996
Folder 7-11: The Pepper Box, March 9, 1942-June 30, 1947
Box 2
Folder 1-5: The Pepper Box, July 7, 1947-June 27, 1953
Box 3
Folder 1-6: The Pepper Box, July 4, 1953-June 9, 1997)
Folder 7: Membership, 1975-1978
Folder 8: Membership Directories/Yearbooks, 1930-1969
Box 4
Folder 1-2: Membership Directories/Yearbooks, 1969-1995
Folder 3-5: Attendance Record, 1936-1970
Box 5
Folder 1: Attendance Records, January 1964-July 1967
Folder 2: Board of Directors and Committees, 1945-1946, 1974-1975
Folder 3: Board of Directors Meeting Minutes, 1962-1963
Folder 4: Camp Rotary, McQueen Agreement of Operations, 1948
Folder 5: Committees, 1987-1988, 1996-1997, no date
Folder 6: Correspondence, 1946-1975
Folder 7: DeKalb High School Interact Club, 1996-1997
Folder 8: The Four Way Test, 1969-1973
Folder 9: Group Study Exchange Program Committee, 1978-1997
Folder 10-11: Group Study Exchange Program Team, 1968-1994
Folder 12: Group Study Exchange Tour, 1974-1988
Folder 13: Newspaper Articles, 1950-1998
Folder 14: Programs, 1978, 1989, no date
Folder 15: Questionnaire for Senior Active and Club History Information, no date
Folder 16: Roster of Filled and Unfilled Classifications, no date
Folder 17: Year Reports, 1986-1991
Folder 18: Rotary Symbol, Craft
Folder 19: Photographs: 30th Anniversary (1); 50th Anniversary (4); 75th Anniversary (1)
Folder 20: Photographs: Corn Boil-Picnic (10), August 19, 1996
Folder 21: Photographs: Corn Sale (10), August 3, 1996; August 17, 1996
Box 6
Folder 1-2: Photographs: Group Shots; negatives (9), 1950, 1954, no date; 1970
Folder 3: Photographs: Installation of Officers (6), 1982-1983
Folder 4: Photographs: Portraits (8), no date
Folder 5-6: Photographs: Programs and Special Events (24); photocopies (4), 1921-1984
Folder 7: Photographs: Rotary International Headquarters, Evanston, Illinois  (1), no date
Folder 26: Why Join Rotary?, no date

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