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21 April 2005
8/2005
Commemorative Issue

Centenary of Rotary International

Australia
Today Rotary International is a world-wide movement devoted to community and humanitarian service. There are currently 31,610 clubs and over 1.2 million members globally. The first club in Australia was established in Melbourne in 1921. Originally an organisation for men, Rotary has admitted women as members since 1989.

The Rotary movement began on the 23 February 1905 in Chicago by founder Paul Harris, a lawyer. The name was derived from rotating meetings among members' offices. Rotary's commitment to community service began with its first project - a public lavatory.

Rotary International is one of the world's largest charitable foundations. This work began with the Rotary Foundation in 1928. The Foundation promotes humanitarian grants and educational programs offering hope and understanding for people around the world. The organisation also has strong ties with UNESCO.

Rotary International is the largest private sector contributor to the world polio eradication program. An initiative called PolioPlus was launched in 1985.

The organisation also continues its role in international peace keeping activities which began immediately after World War II and its members act as delegates and advisers to the United Nations. The motto of Rotary International is "service above self".

Centenary of Rotary International  

Centenary of Rotary International

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The stamp features the organisation's colours of blue and gold. A figure standing on the symbolic wheel holds up the globe which represents commitment to improving lives around the world.

Technical Information

Issue Date: 2005-04-21
FDI Withdrawal Date: 2005-05-20
Denominations: 1 x 50c
Designer: Nigel Buchanan
Printer: SNP Sprint
Paper: Tullis Russell
Printing Process: Lithography
Size: 26mm x 37.5mm
Performations: 14.6 x 13.86
Sheet Layout: Sheetlet of 10
Special Feature: Sheetlet with Pacific Explorer design in selvedge
National Postmark: GPO Sudney, NSW 2000
copyright notice: This material has been reproduced with permission of the Australian Postal Corporation. The original work is held in the National Philatelic Collection.
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