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An important part of Paul Harris' love of mankind is told, here,
in the "The Friendship Trees of Paul Harris" inspired by
Jim Buffington of RC of Aberdeen, Mississippi, USA.


First Tree (Pascall)
The Story of the Trees
Trees that survived conflict
1st Harris Tree (ComelyBank)
An Essay from Valparaiso


Trees That Need Information
Australia & New Zealand
Latin America
North America
Help us find unknown trees
Photos from the Harris Study
Rotary Peace & Friendship Monuments

"Giant Trees from little Acorns Grow"
Paul Harris, 1933,
radio address from Boston

The purpose of this section of our history project is to show the
growth of Rotary from the fellowship and love of one Rotarian to another.

The Rotary Club of Port Elizabeth, the third club in South Africa, was chartered on 25 April 1925. On the occasion of Paul and Jean Harris’ visit to the club in 1934, Paul planted a Norfolk Pine tree in our city park which is still there today. It bears the inscription from Paul Harris, “Witness humbly, build bravely, love widely”. The picture taken in Port Elizabeth shows: Paul Harris, Jean Harris and DG Cecil Buchanan (a Past President of the Port Elizabeth Rotary Club)

Tree planted by Paul Harris: It is a tall Norfolk Pine

DG Anne Botha & President of Port Elizabeth Rotary Club, Sarel Steyn

The other smaller tree (Yellow wood) was planted on 22 May 1992 by Rotary International President Rajendra Saboo.

Plaque listing Rajendra Saboo

Map to St. Georges Park

Detail of Trees

Settler’s Park

Thanks to Rotarians in Port Elizabeth, including the late Michael de Coning. Material researched by RGHF senior historian Basil Lewis, England; and posted 20 July 2009 by Jack Selway