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1st Harris Tree

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
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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 first tree in Paul Harris’ “Friendship Garden” was in honor of the late Walter Drummond, second secretary of Melbourne.

“..Many good will trees have been planted by Rotarians, including myself, in other cities in other countries, and many more doubtless will be planted, but the first of them all was Walter’s tree.” Paul P. Harris.

More on the Friendship Garden at RGHF’s See the Melbourne Tree Here

See the story of the “next” first tree…

Mrs. Paul (Jean) Harris is seen standing the in Friendship Garden at Comely Bank, the Harris’ Chicago home.

Another “home” tree was dedicated to Rotary Club of Bendigo, Australia.

Photos provided by Wolfgang Ziegler