My Fellow Rotarians and Friends,


I am proud to announce a new biography about Rotary Founder - Paul Harris.

This fresh look at the man and his times is based on the discovery of hundreds of never before published letters, documents and exclusive archival sources.

For over a century relevant facts about his life and motivations have been shrouded by myths and misconceptions. For example:

For years the birth date for Rotary was celebrated as February 25, 1904 and not February 23, 1905. Why was the date changed?

Paul Harris almost let Rotary die in 1906 due to a failed relationship with a young socialite. How did this event change the course of Rotary?

Paul Harris refused to attend any Rotary International Conventions from 1912 to 1930. What were the reasons he stayed away for over 18 years?

Who were the men and women who influenced and helped him start one of the world’s greatest organizations?

I cordially invite all Rotarians to learn hundreds of new facts about “Paul Harris and the Birth of Rotary” by visiting my web page at where the book can be purchased by linking to either CreateSpace or ($25.00 plus S&H)  A Kindle version is also accessible.

A special autographed edition can be ordered directly from me at a reduced cost of $21.50 total.  Please e-mail and I will send you a copy. Please be sure to include your mailing address.  Multiple purchase discounts are available. It’s a great gift idea for specific Rotarians, club libraries, or honored guests.

This book is not a general history of Rotary but rather is the story of one man’s life long struggle to find his inner self and how the philosophy of Paul Harris changed the world.

Certainly if you have any questions or need additional information, please contact me.


Yours in Rotary service, Fred A Carvin – Past District Governor District 7190 (2002-2003)