Rotary International Yearly Text Themes 1947-Date
The Rotary International Themes actually started in 1947. However, this program got off to a rocky start. Not until 1951, at the Rotary International Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the then Rotary President, Percy C. Hodgson, made the Theme program a yearly event for future Rotary Presidents. Yearly after 1951, the Rotary President would craft a slogan and image for their year as president.
Each year in January, the incoming Rotary President, who takes office on July 1, reveals his Rotary Theme image and theme text. Rotary Themes have taken on many shapes and combinations of text. Over the years, many Rotary Theme pins and related items have gone on to be very collectible and increased in value significantly.