The 1980s and ’90s: A Changing Rotary

With an aging membership and changing society, Rotary began to slowly, and sometimes unwillingly, mirror the times. The late 1980s brought about significant change to the organization on both a local and national scale, including international involvement and the inclusion of women in Rotary.


PolioPlus Logo, undated
PolioPlus logo [click to enlarge]

In 1985, Rotary International launched the PolioPlus project, a worldwide effort to eradicate polio.[1] The Logan club took its commitment in the international endeavor seriously, and the group contributed in excess of $20,000, with each Rotarian donating over $200 to the cause by 1987.[2] Today, the PolioPlus project has exterminated polio in nearly every country, with just Afghanistan, Nigeria, and Pakistan remaining.[3] PolioPlus provides an example of Rotary’s willingness to embrace globalization and implement large-scale projects to make the world a better place.

Women Join Rotary

New Elections

Logan Rotary Club Election Ballots, April 7, 1955
1955 Logan Rotary Club election ballot. [click to enlarge]
(Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives, Manuscript Collection 234, Box 8, Scrapbook 3, Page 71.)

Logan Rotary also adopted a new leadership selection policy in 1996–1997. Logan Rotarian Ron Monson reports that President Russ Warren believed open elections, which created winners and losers, were unhealthy for the club. He instituted a change where the past five presidents nominate qualified members for leadership positions such as president, president-elect, and secretary. The club membership then affirms the nominees.[10] This system works to engage those looking to serve and helps prepare members for adopting leadership roles in the future. Nominated members also attend special Rotary trainings throughout the Rotary District to help them with leadership responsibilities. These leadership trainings came in handy when Logan Rotarian and District Governor at the time, Fred Berthrong, rushed to plan the 2007 RI convention in Salt Lake City after New Orleans was unable to host due to Hurricane Katrina. Through this system, Logan Rotary successfully ensures a steady stream of new leaders composed of both men and women from a variety of age groups.

[1] Susan Hanf and Arnold R. Grahl, “Historic Moments: PolioPlus turns 30,” Rotary, 2015, https://www.rotary.org/en/historic-moments-polioplus-turns-30 
[2] “On the 75th Anniversary of Logan Rotary,” 17-37.
[3] Hanf and Grahl.  
[4] Jim Jarvis interview.
[5] Board of Directors, Rotary International v. Rotary Club of Duarte, 481, 86 (U.S. 1987), https://www.law.cornell.edu/supremecourt/text/481/537.
[6] Logan Rotary Club, Rotator, club newsletter, May 4, 1987, Merrill-Cazier Library SCA, book collection 979.206 R74.
[7] Glatfelter interview.
[8] Darlene Jensen, interview by Cody Patton, April 16, 2018, Utah State University Credit Union; LRCP, Box 1, Folder 14.
[9] Ron Monson, interview by Cody Patton and Tammy Proctor, April 16, 2018, Cache Valley Bank; LRCP, Box 1, Folder 14 (hereafter referred to as Monson Interview).
[10] Peggy Tueller, interview by Cody Patton and Tammy Proctor, April 23, 2018, Tueller Home; LRCP, Box 1, Folder 14.