Friday, August 25, 2017

New Ball State University Libraries Exhibit Honors Muncie Rotary Centennial

Founded on July 13, 1917, the Rotary Club of Muncie, Indiana has long embodied the organization's commitment to the spirit of service, engaging in projects and initiatives to improve quality of life locally, regionally, and nationally. Ball State University Libraries is pleased to honor the Muncie Rotary Club at its centennial, debuting an Archives and Special Collections exhibit entitled "Service Above Self: 100 Years of Muncie Rotary Club.”

Barbara Frost, Muncie's
first female Rotarian
The exhibit, on display on the second floor of Ball State University's Bracken Library, features photographs, newsletters, programs, and awards highlighting 100 years of the organization's activities, membership, and community legacy.  These featured items represent only a selection of the complete archives of the Muncie Rotary Club, preserved and made available to researchers and the general public at Ball State University Archives and Special Collections.

Items in the exhibit highlight the early history and founding of Muncie Rotary and include an original copy of the club's charter, early panoramic photos of the Muncie Rotarians, and a portrait and biography of Muncie Rotary's first president, J. Lloyd Kimbrough.  Also included are programs and notices from weekly Rotary meetings during the 1930s and 1940s, including a lecture by Muncie aviator Frank Elliott Ball.  The exhibit also highlights the club's integration of women in the 1980s and includes a biography and photograph of Barbara A. Frost, the first female Muncie Rotarian.

Featured as well are news clippings, press releases, and images documenting Muncie Rotary philanthropy and service projects including the student loan program, international exchange student initiative, and participation in local and national Habitat for Humanity projects.

The exhibit debuted on August 25, 2017 and will remain on display until December 15, 2017.

The membership of Muncie Rotary, 1919

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