Did You Know?
The wheel emblem has been the Rotary symbol since the early days of the organization. the first design was created by Chicago Rotarian, Montague Bear, who was an engraver. Bear’s drawing was a simple wagon wheel with a few lines to show dust and motion. The wheel was said to illustrate “Civilization and Movement”, which was fitting since the name “Rotary” was chosen based on the initial practice of rotating meetings between members’ offices.
Although most of the early clubs had some form of wagon wheel on their publications and letterheads, it was in 1922 that the decision was made to adopt one single design as the exclusive emblem of Rotary. In 1923, the gear wheel emblem, which is still used by all Rotarians, was adopted by the “Rotary International Association”. The wheel has 24 cogs, 6 spokes and a “keyway” in the center of the gear that attaches it to a power shaft.
“Friendship was the foundation rock on which Rotary was built and tolerance is the element which holds it together.”– Paul P. Harris
*The Rotary Book of Readings