Description and Inventory
The Archives promote a sense of continuity and change in the activities of the Club over ninety years. They provide a rich fund of information about the Club and are consulted when questions of fact need to be answered and when photos of past activities are required.
Over the years some Archivists have been more assiduous than others about gathering information. Material may have been lost during the frequent removals of the Archives. They are at present housed at the offices of one of our Members.
Items have come from different sources and have not always been carefully classified. There is some duplication. In regard to Council Minutes, the early period is well covered but one big gap occurs, 1968-1977. However, Council minutes are not the only source of information. For example, the Lunchtime minute books and the AGM reports might bring out some interesting facts about the wartime period.
With the development of the Club’s website, items appearing on this can be retained in electronic form, and this, hopefully, will reduce the Archivist’s burden.
Brochure on the Rotary Club of Canterbury 1922-1997:
- 15 page brochure on “The first 75 years”
- 1921 – 1966 (including the application forms of the Founder Members); 1985 onwards
- From 1951
CLUB COUNCIL MINUTES:
- 1922 – 1935, 1935 – 1944, 1944 - 1954, Sept 1954 – Sept 1968, 1977 – 1978, 1980 – 1981, 1981 - 1983, 1984 - 1989, 1990 – 1993, 2003 – 2005, 2006 – 2008
- 1921 – 1979, 1986 – 1990, 2003 – 2010
LUNCH MEETING MINUTE BOOKS:
- 1931 – 1938, 1938 - 1949
COMMUNITY SERVICE COMMITTEE MINUTES:
- 1992 – 2005, 1995 onwards.
- Dec 1981 – Aug 1994, Oct 1996 - 2005, 1998 – 2003, 2003 – 2008 (DVD), 2008 onwards
“THE ROTARY WHEEL”:
- RI bound annual publication 1905 - 1935
RI CONVENTION REPORTS: 1931 - DOCUMENTATION OF THE CLUB’S CELEBRATION of the RI 50th ANNIVERSARY in 1955.
CANTERBURY ROTARY FILM:
- “A Canterbury Tale” in DVD form.
- Correspondence about this film.
SOME EARLY ACCOUNT STATMENTS
- “Thanks for donations” - large concertina file.
PRESIDENTIAL COMMENTARIES ABOUT THEIR YEAR IN OFFICE:
- A series of commentaries by Presidents about their year in office can be found on the website: under the List of Past Presidents the names marked in blue provide a link to a commentary. Alan Forrest has also donated his Scrapbook for the year 2007-2008.
LIST OF THE CLUB OFFICERS AND COMMITTEE CHAIRMEN SINCE INCEPTION
- Thanks to research by Barry Rice, a comprehensive list has been compiled of Presidents, Secretaries and Treasurers, as well as Chairmen of Community, International and Vocational Service Committees, of our Rotary Club since inception.
TWO ‘ELVY’ BOOKS:
- Short biographies of Rotarians with photographs. The first entries appear alphabetically (The book was started some time after the second world war, but also contains biographies of various early Members) and then chronologically by year of joining
THREE CHRISTMAS DINNER GUEST BOOKS - with signatures of those attending
- The first (1922-1976) contains a typewritten account of the founding of the Club with sponsorship from the Margate Club, its support for various District formations, its sporadic contacts with the Ostend Club and the activities of the “Women’s Wheel of Service”. It also contains photographic portraits of Members of the First Council.
PETITE HISTOIRE DU ROTARY CLUB de St QUENTIN en un tiers de siècle
- This contains information about our presence at the start of the French Club and thorough documentation of the process of setting up our Rotary Pentangular network.
BOXES OF PENNANTS FROM OTHER ROTARY CLUBS.
TWO PUBLIC SPEAKING TROPHIES, ONE BRIDGE COMPETITION TROPHY.
- Rotarians attending the RIBI Convention held in Brighton in May 1922
- Framed picture comprising photos of Paul Harris’ visit to Canterbury in 1928 Photos of Pentangular meetings, dinners. Photos put together by individual Rotarians.
- Photos by Sidney Roe and by Roger Bickerton (including eight years of photos on DVD)
MANY OTHER MEMORABILIA
Alan Forrest (Archivist)