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Rotary International

Last modified: 2001-09-28 by rob raeside
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[Flag of Rotary International] by Ole Andersen, 11 September 1998

Image based on a flag flown outside a Copenhagen hotel one morning in 1998.
Ole Andersen, 10 July 2001

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Origin of the Flag

The homepage of a local section of Rotary International includes information (in French) on the Rotary flag (original source: Rotary Press Center):

Rotary International officially adopted its flag during the 1992 Congress in Dallas (Texas).

The flag is made of a white field with the official wheel emblem in the middle. The four parts of the wheel rim are royal blue. The words ROTARY and INTERNATIONAL, in gold, are placed in the upper and lower parts of the rim, respectively. The wheel hub and cotter pin slot are white.

The first official flag of Rotary is said to have been displayed in Kansas City (Missouri) in January 1915. In 1922, admiral Richard Byrd, member of the Winchester Rotary Club, brought a small flag in his expedition to the South Pole. He did the same in 1926 when he went to the North Pole.

Some Rotary Clubs use the official flag as club pennant during their meetings. In such instances, it is allowed to add above the wheel ROTARY CLUB and below it the city, state or country name. The official flag is permanently displayed in the seat of Rotary and during congresses and official events sponsored by Rotary International.

The image shown on this page matches the official description but has a yellow border all around not mentioned above. Unfortunately, the site mentioned above does not show the flag.

Ivan Sache, 10 July 2001

I have spotted the Rotary flag with yellow border twice here in Oulu, Finland, most recently in spring 2001.

Ossi Raivio, 11 July 2001

Gonfalone of the Rotary Club of Tirana, Albania

[Flag of Rotary International] from this site, 13 July 2001

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