FAMOUS ROTARIANS

ROTARIANS COME FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE AND MANY ARE FAMOUS – HERES JUST A FEW


BUSINESS LEADERS

  • Max Cointreau – Rotary Club of Paris, France – Owner, Cointreau liquor enterprise
  • Raymond F. Firestone – Rotary Club of Akron, OH – Chairman and CEO, Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.
  • Joyce C. Hall – Rotary Club of Kansas City, MO – Founder of Hallmark Cards
  • Reijiro Hattori – Rotary Club of Tokyo Ginza, Japan – chairman, Seiko
  • Konosuke Matsushita – Rotary Club of Osaka, Japan – President, Matsushita Electric Co.
  • Charles H. Mayo – Rotary Club of Rochester, MN – Co-founder of Mayo Clinic
  • Toyohiko Mikimoto – Rotary Club of Tokyo, Japan – Mikimoto Pearl Co.
  • Heinrich Nordhoff – Rotary Club of Braunschweig, Germany – President, Volkswagen
  • C. Penney – Rotary Club of New York, NY – Founder of J.C. Penney stores
  • Sir Kenneth Fung Ping-Fan – Rotary Club of Hong Kong – Bank of East Asia, Ltd., Hong Kong; past RI Director
  • Leopoldo Pirelli – Rotary Club of Milano – President, Pirelli Tire Co. Italy
  • The ‘Colonel’ Harland Sanders – Rotary Club of Jeffersonville, ID – Founder, Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)
  • Kiyoshi Seike – Rotary Club of Tokyo-Meguro – Japanese architect
  • Kiyoshi Togasaki – Rotary Club of Tokyo – President and Chairman, Japan Times; past RI President
  • Claude Vuitton – Rotary Club of Paris-Nord, France – Owner, Vuitton luggage enterprise
  • Charles R. Walgreen, Jr. – Rotary Club of Chicago, IL – Chairman of the board of the Walgreen Drug Company
  • Sam Walton – Rotary Club of Bentonville, AK – Founder of Wal-Mart

EXPLORERS

  • Roald Amundsen – Rotary Club of Oslo, Norway – First person to reach the South Pole in 1911
  • Neil Armstrong – Rotary Club of Wapakoneta, OH – Astronaut & first man to walk on the moon
  • Frank Borman – Rotary Club of Space Center, Houston, TX – U.S. astronaut
  • Richard E. Byrd – Rotary Club of Winchester, VA – Arctic explorer
  • Gordon Cooper – Rotary Club of Space Center,  Houston, TX – U.S. astronaut
  • Sir Edmund Hillary – Rotary Club of Auckland – New Zealand explorer, philanthropist and 1st person to reach the summit of Mt. Everest
  • Charles Lindberg – Rotary Club of Edinburgh – American aviator

INVENTORS

  • Thomas A. Edison – Rotary Club of Orange, NJ – Inventor
  • Guglielmo Marconi – Rotary Club of Bologna, Italy – Inventor of the wireless telegraphy, 1909 Nobel Prize recipient for physics
  • Orville Wright – Rotary Club of Dayton, OH – Co-inventor of the first successful airplane

ROYALTY

  • Prince Axel – Rotary Club of Copenhagen, Denmark – Prince of Denmark
  • Prince Bernhard – Rotary Club of Amsterdam, Netherlands – Prince of the Netherlands
  • HRH Prince Charles – Rotary Club of Banchory-Ternan – Prince of England
  • HRH Prince Phillip – Rotary Club of Edinburgh – Prince of England
  • Prince Rainier III – Rotary Club of Monaco – Prince of Monaco
  • Greve Af Rosenborg Flemming – Rotary Club of Copenhagen – Danish Count
  • Tsuneyoshi Takeda – Rotary Club of Tokyo-North – Japanese Royal Prince

LEADERS

  • Asgeir Asgeirsson – Rotary Club of Reykjavík, Iceland – President, Iceland
  • Eduard Benes – Rotary Club of Prague, Czechoslovakia – President, Czechoslovakia
  • Alcino Cardoso – Rotary Club of Porto-Douro – Secretary of State, Portugal
  • Sir Winston Churchill – Rotary Club of London – Prime Minister, England & Leader of UK during WWII
  • Michel Debré – Rotary Club of Amboise – Foreign Minister and Minister of Finance, France
  • Jorge Fidel Duron – Rotary Club of Tegucigalpa; past RI vice president – Minister of Foreign Affairs, Honduras
  • Diane Feinstein – Rotary Club of San Francisco, CA – U.S. Senator
  • Gerald R. Ford – Rotary Club of Grand Rapids, MI – President, USA
  • William Fulbright – Rotary Club of Fayetteville, AR – U.S. Senator from Arkansas
  • Hans-Dietrich Genscher – Rotary Club of Bonn Süd-Bad Godesberg – Foreign Minister, Germany
  • Zbigniew Gertych – Rotary Club of London, England – Polish Ambassador to GreatBritain
  • Lorenzo Guerrero Gutierrez – Rotary Club of Granada – President, Nicaragua
  • Warren G. Harding – Rotary Club of Washington, DC – President, USA
  • Steingrimur Hermannsson – Rotary Club of Reykjavík – Prime Minister, Iceland
  • Sydney G. Holland – Rotary Club of Christchurch – Prime Minister, New Zealand
  • John F. Kennedy – Rotary Club of Hyannis, MA – President, USA
  • Abdulla Khalil – Rotary Club of Khartoum – Prime Minister, Sudan
  • Chung Yul Kim – Rotary Club of Hanyang – Prime Minister, Korea
  • Karl Kobelt – Rotary Club of St. Gallen – President, Swiss Confederation
  • Chucri Kouatly – Rotary Club of Damascus – President, Syria
  • Jan Masaryk – Rotary Club of Prague – Foreign Minister, Czechoslovakia
  • Cesare Merzagora – Rotary Club of Milano – President of the Senate, Italy
  • Leonard Mulama – Rotary Club of Kisangani – Prime Minister, DemocraticRepublic of the Congo
  • Duck Wo Nam – Rotary Club of Hanyang – Prime Minister, Korea
  • Choong Hoon Park – Rotary Club of Hanyang – Prime Minister, Korea
  • Raul Sapena Pastor – Rotary Club of Asunción – Prime Minister, Paraguay; past RI District Governor
  • Konstantin Päts – Rotary Club of Tallinn – President, Estonia
  • Antoine Pinet – Rotary Club of Saint-Etienne – Prime Minister, France
  • General Augusto Pinochet – Rotary Club of Santiago, Chile – General and Leader
  • Emilio Pucci – Rotary Club of Florence, Italy – Italian couturier and politician
  • Nereu Ramos – Rotary Club of Florianópolis – President, Brasil
  • Bhichai Rattakul – Rotary Club of Dhonburi – Foreign Minister, Thailand; RI president
  • Carlos P. Romulo – Rotary Club of Manila – Philippine Brigadier General in WWII,
  • Ambassador of the Philippines to the US, President of the 4th session of the United Nations 1949
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt – Rotary Club of Albany, NY – President, USA
  • General Carlos Romulo – Rotary Club of Manila – President, Philippines; past RI Vice President
  • Wolfgang Schallenberg – Rotary Club of Wien – Austrian Ambassador to France
  • Walter Scheel – Rotary Club of Bonn am Rhein – President, Germany
  • Adlai E. Stevenson – Rotary Club of Springfield, IL – U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Governor of Illinois
  • Woodrow Wilson – Rotary Club of Birmingham, AL – President, USA & Nobel Prize laureate in peace
  • Chia-kan “C. K.” Yen – Rotary Club of Taipei, Taiwan – President, Republic of China-Taiwan
  • Chang Soon Yoo – Rotary Club of Hanyang, South Korea – Prime Minister

JUSTICES

  • Harry A. Blackmun – Rotary Club of Rochester, MN – U.S. Supreme Court Justice
  • Marcelo B. Fernan – Rotary Club of Cebu West – Chief Justice, Supreme Court,
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  • Earl Warren – Rotary Club of Sacramento, CA – Chief Justice, U.S. Supreme Court
  • Byron R. White – Rotary Club of Denver, CO – U.S. Supreme Court Justice

ARTISTS, COMPOSERS, AND AUTHORS

  • Jose Belloni – Rotary Club of Montevideo – Sculptor, Uruguay
  • John Briggs – Rotary Club of Bingley, England – British concert pianist
  • Josep MaVayreda Canadell – Rotary Club of Gerona – Spanish painter
  • Roger Chapelain-Midy – Rotary Club of Paris – French painter
  • Cecil B. De Mille – Rotary Club of Hollywood, CA – motion picture director
  • Maurice Denuzière – Rotary Club of Vitry-Sud-Est de Paris – French writer Louisiana
  • Walt Disney – Rotary Club of Palm Springs, CA – Animation filmmaker
  • Edgar A. Guest – Rotary Club of Detroit, MI – American journalist and poet
  • Franz Lehar – Rotary Club of Vienna – Austrian composer
  • Thomas Mann – Rotary Club of Munich – German novelist, 1929 Nobel Prize recipient for literature
  • Robert Manuel – Rotary Club of Paris, France – Director, Marigny Theatre, Paris
  • Norman Vincent Peale – Rotary Club of New York, NY – American author and minister
  • Joan Abello Prat – Rotary Club of Barcelona Condal – Spanish painter
  • James Whitcomb Riley – Rotary Club of Indianapolis, ID – American poet
  • Sigmund Romberg – Rotary Club of New York, NY – American composer
  • Jean Sibelius – Rotary Club of Helsinki- Helsingfors, Finland – Composer
  • Jack Williamson – Rotary Club of Portales, N.M. – American science fiction author
  • Philip Wylie – Rotary Club of Middletown, CO – American author and social commentator
  • Willy Zumblick – Rotary Club of Tubarão – Brazilian painter

OTHER FAMOUR ROTARIANS

  • Holly Compton – Rotary Club of St. Louis, MO – 1927 Nobel Prize recipient for physics
  • Pope Francis – Rotary Club of Buenos Aires – Pope
  • Ko Hirasawa – Rotary Club of Kyoto East, Japan – Japanese anatomist and president of Kyoto University
  • Duke Kahanamoku – Rotary Club of Honolulu, HI – Olympic gold medalist, “Father of Surfing”
  • Tapio Korjus – Rotary Club of Lapua Kiviristi, Finland – 1988 Olympic Gold Medal winner javelin
  • Hans Küng – Rotary Club of Reutlingen-Tübingen, Germany – Theologian
  • Jean Leclant – Rotary Club of Paris – French Egyptologist
  • Connie Mack – Rotary Club of Fort Myers, FL – Baseball Hall of Fame manager and team owner
  • Georges Octors – Rotary Club of Brussels – Belgian orchestra conductor
  • Emmanuel “Manny” Dapidran Pacquiao – Rotary Club of Manila, Philippines – World champion professional boxer & politician
  • Luciano Pavarotti – Rotary Club of Modena – Italian opera singer
  • Donna Shalala – Rotary Club of Madison, WI – Secretary of Health and Human Services, USA
  • Kenjiro Shoda – Rotary Club of Osaka – President, Osaka University, Japan
  • Tris Speaker – Rotary Club of Cleveland, OH – Baseball Hall of Fame player
  • Sir Sigmund Sternberg – Rotary Club of London – Director, Sternberg Centre for Judaism, England