Rotary History - Why the Rotary year begins 1 July
September 6, 2011
Rotary's first fiscal year began the day after the first convention ended, on
18 August 1910. The 1911-12 fiscal year also related to the convention,
beginning with the first day of the 1911 convention on 21 August.
At its August 1912 meeting, the Board of Directors ordered an audit of the
International Association of Rotary Clubs' finances. The auditors
recommended that the organization end its fiscal year on 30 June to give
the secretary and treasurer time to prepare a financial statement for the
convention and board, and determine the proper number of club delegates
to the convention.
The executive committee concurred, and at its April 1913 meeting,
designated 30 June as the end of the fiscal year. This also allowed for
changes to the schedule for reporting club membership and payments. Even
The Rotarian changed its volume numbering system to correspond to the
fiscal year (beginning with vol. 5, July 1914).
Authors: Susan Hanf and Jason Lamb
Compliments of: Rotary International News, July 2011
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