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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 II.: Rotary International Records
Box 6
Folder 8: Annual Conference, 1973, 1980, 1983
Folder 9: Annual Directory, 1982-1984, 1989-1990
Folder 10: Club President, 1971-1972
Folder 11: Getting Acquainted with Rotary, 1953
Folder 12: Golden Anniversary, Rotary Club of Joliet, 1913-1963
Folder 13: Golden Anniversary, Rotary International, 1955
Folder 14: Governor Business Cards, 1989-1992
Folder 15: "The Growth of an Idea" by Chesley R. Perry, Rotary Business Relations Conference, February 9, 1955
Folder 16: Historical Review of Rotary, 1979
Folder 17: Manual of Procedure, Rotary International, 1970
Folder 18: Membership, no date
Folder 19: Rotary Club Decals (5)
Folder 20: Songs for the Rotary Club, 1966
Folder 21: Rotary Fifty Years of Service, 1905-1955
Folder 22: Rotary Foundation, 1984-1985
Folder 23: Rotary Foundation Annual Report, 1971-1972
Folder 24: Rotary International Guide to Classifications, 1968
Folder 25: "This is Rotary", no date
Box 7
Item 1: The Most Important Man Audio-Visual Program, March 1973
Item 2: Plaques: Academic Achievement Award to Cindy Crawford, 1984
Item 3: Plaques: Objects of Rotary Plaque
Item 4: Plaques: Golden Anniversary Plaque, March 1, 1971
Item 5: Photo Album, no date
Item 6: Scrapbook, 1941-1942
Item 7: DeKalb Rotary Club Flag, no date
Oversize Drawer 20
Folder 12
Item 1: Photograph:  Rotary Club Visit to the American Steel and Wire Company, May 5, 1922
Item 2: Daily Chronicle, March 27, 1971

Browse by Series:

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

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