From Rotary Global History Fellowship
Two clubs in Antartica
Brief histories of the first clubs of each geographic regions or countries
Rotary Club of Marambio Base the First Club of Antarctica
The Rotary Foundation partially subsidizes international conferences to examine the role civil society can play in the achievement of peace. A 1997 Rotary peace forum in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina encouraged the continued status of Antarctica as a continent for all people, stressing the importance of peaceful, non-political international collaboration in Antarctica
Rotary Club Marambio Base in Antarctica
It is the first of only two Rotary Club in the Antarctic continent, and was founded on May 13, 1997 by the then President of Rotary International, Luis Vicente Giay.
The Club currently consists of members of the permanent contingent of the Marambio base in Antarctica of the Argentine Air Force.
They live all year under the harsh climate prevailing in the area to provide support for various missions and international scientific collaboration with other Argentine Antarctic bases and also for bases of other countries.
On the left, President of RI 1996-1997 Luis V. Giay, inaugurating the monolith, conducted by the Arch. Losi Hector (1931-2003) of Rotary Club of Villa Urquiza, with the plaque. Inside a tube was inserted a written message about peace, to be withdrawn and to be read at the 2005 Chicago Convention.
When travelling near the South Pole consider dropping in one of the two Rotary Clubs in Antarctica. The 20 member Rotary Club of base Antarctica Esperanza was chartered in November 2005, and the 9-member Rotary Club of base Marambio - Antarctica was chartered in May 1997.
Both are Spanish speaking clubs that meet Wednesday evenings.
This English translation by Google, was extracted from the District 4890 Web Site (11 August 2008)