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DR. CHAS. E. BARKER AND HIS WORK WITH THE ROTARY CLUBS On the following pages are statements concerning Dr. Barker's work, taken from the reports of various Rotarian officials together with information and suggestions regarding arranging Dr. Barker's meetings, which should be read carefully and digested by the committee in charge. DR. CHAS. E. BARKER of GRAND RAPIDS. MICHIGAN ROTARY INTERNATIONAL Dr. Barker made a profound impression upon the men, educators and the high school students of my city (Portland, Oregon). He has a message of vital importance and he drives it home with unusual ability. We are rendering a great service to every community into which Dr. Barker is sent and it is equally true that Dr. Barker is very helpful to every Rotary club he visits. He is a credit to our organization. —Estes Snedecor, President I. A. of R. C. (1920–1921). DR. CHAS. E. BARKER Dr. Barker is not a medical practitioner but has been granted University degrees as a Doctor of Hygiene and Physical Culture. During the four years that William H. Taft was in the White House Dr. Barker was his health adviser and under his direction for an hour each morning President Taft followed a system of exercises that kept him in splendid physical condition. The late Chief Justice White, the late Senator Aldrich, former governors Lowden of Illinois, Phillip of Wisconsin and Buchtel of Colorado; Frank A. Vanderlip, banker and originator of the War Savings Stamp plan; Henry P. Davison, prominent financier, and many other prominent men in public life have been under Dr. Barker's care, and by following his system of exercise and diet have greatly increased their physical efficiency. For several years up to the time he decided to work under the auspices of Rotary, Dr. Barker devoted his winters to lecturing to the general public on health for the International Committee of the Y. M. C. A.'s, and in the summer months he was on the Redpath Chautauqua platform, and became their leading health lecturer. During these years he delivered over 3,000 lectures, and addressed over 1,500,000 persons. Dr. Barker first came to the attention of the Rotary clubs in general when upon the initiative of John Napier Dyer, then First Vice-President of the International Association of Rotary Clubs, he delivered before the 1919 International Rotary Convention at Salt Lake City his now famous address on A Father's Responsibility to His Son. So profound an impression was made by him on that occasion that requests came in from Rotary clubs in all quarters for the Doctor to speak in their cities. During the 1919–20 season Dr. Barker delivered his series of addresses in 65 cities of Rotary and in the fall of 1920, after the board of directors of the I. A. or R. C. had become thoroughly convinced of the great value of Dr. Barker's work, he began to devote his entire time to the Rotary Clubs. Dr. Barker's addresses deal with fundamentals of character and right living and he has an ability to entertain, interest and convince that is most unusual. The booking of Dr. Barker is handled by the Boys Work Secretary in the office of the Secretary-General of the I. A. of R. C. Inquiries regarding the Doctor should be directed to International Rotary, 910 So. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. A Letter of Suggestion by Dr. Barker to the Committee in Charge of His Meetings Gentlemen: Regarding the High School Address, please bear in mind that this address requires at least 50 minutes for proper delivery. Make it plain to the high school principal that it is not a sex talk and that it is highly desirable that all of the boys and girls of the high school should be assembled together to hear this address. Endeavor to have a number of the leading Rotarians attend the high school meeting. I believe that they will feel amply repaid. Regarding the Women's Meeting, secure if possible the active co-operation of the leading women's organizations of the city in giving publicity to the afternoon meeting for women. Mothers particularly should be invited, but girls over 16 will be able to get great benefit from this meeting and should be invited. Regarding the Men's Meeting, if your club is located in a large city, please note that experience has shown that the best plan is to have a Rotary supper or dinner in the evening to which the leading men of the city are invited. The other men's clubs might also be asked to attend. In smaller cities it has been usually found to be the case, that the best plan is to have the Father's address given at a public meeting to which all men and young men over 16 are invited. The success of such a public meeting will depend almost entirely upon the way the Rotarians back the meeting by their presence, and by their personal work in inviting and urging other men to attend. CHAS. E. BARKER Special Cautions and Suggestions Regarding Arranging Dr. Barker's Meetings Use of Dr. Barker's Time In a number of cities arrangements were made by the clubs for Dr. Barker to speak more than the three times agreed in one day, and altho Dr. Baker is giving of his time and strength in this work as a true Rotarian, arranging for more than three addresses in one day entails a too great drain upon his strength. When you hear Dr. Barker you will realize the importance of this caution, for because of his earnestness he expends during each address a tremendous amount of energy. (Note: As no doubt you have been advised, Dr. Barker's fee is $100 per day, out of which he takes care of his expenses, including railroad fare and hotel bills.) The High School Address The impression has obtained in some quarters that Dr. Barker's address to high school or college students is not very important and is included merely to fill out a day's program. However, the fact is that of his three great addresses this one may be justly said to be the most important, and careful preparation should be made to have it an entire success—with as large an attendance of both young men and young women as can be accommodated at one time. Make a special point of arranging to have several leading Rotarians hear this address. They will be thankful not to have missed it. It should be kept in mind that this address is not a sex talk, but is a common sense and inspiring talk aimed directly and effectively at the subject expressed in its title, How to Make the Most Out of Life. It is desired by Dr. Barker, and it is important, to have the boys and girls present together to hear this address and not simply the boys or the girls by themselves. The Address to the Women To insure a full attendance at the Women's Meeting take steps early to get the women's clubs back of it, and if for any reason this cannot be done or other effective steps cannot be taken to insure beyond question a full attendance of the women, arrange instead for Dr. Barker to give his high school address again, in some educational institution in or near your city. The Men's Meeting (Special Caution for Clubs in the Larger Cities) Unless the Rotary club will themselves undertake actively to secure a large attendance at a mass meeting for all men of the city to hear his famous address on A Father's Resonsibility to His Son, it should be arranged without fail to have this address delivered at a luncheon meeting or a dinner meeting of the club at which the Rotarians will bring their male guests. A Desirable Schedule for Doctor Barker Is: 11 a. m. or 1:30 p. m.—Address to high school students.—Subject: How to Make the Most Out of Life. 3 p. m.—Address to the women.—Subject: A Mother's Relation to Her Daughter. Evening — Dinner or mass meeting — Address to the men.—Subject: A Father's Responsibility to His Son. Note.—When Dr. Barker is in a city on a Rotary luncheon day he will, if desired, deliver his Father's address at the luncheon or give, without additional charge, his short address on What Is Rotary? In any event steps should be taken to have the largest number possible of the city's leading men hear A Father's Responsibility to His Son. (Copy for handbill for high school pupils) (Front) TO THE PUPILS: Please have your parents read this. PARENTS OF (name of city here)! You are cordially invited by the Rotary Club to hear AN ADDRESS by DR. CHAS. E. BARKER Of Grand Rapids, Michigan Former Health Adviser to William H. Taft, Frank A. Vanderlip and Other Persons of National Prominence (Day and Date) For the Women 3:00 p. m.—A Mother's Relation to Her Daughter HALL For the Men 8:00 p. m.—A Father's Responsibility to His Son. Auditorium ADMISSION FREE NO COLLECTION (Over) (Back) DR. CHAS. E. BARKER Here is a man with a genuinely unselfish message. He realizes the grave responsibility of parents who love their children—but who sometimes wonder how best they can impart those lessons which are so vital and yet so intimate as to be difficult of expression. No parent—father or mother—can hear him without wanting to bless him for making a hard task casy and pleasant. His suggestions are not only practically helpful and informative, but they have helped thousands of loving but puzzled parents to get closer to their boys and girls than ever before. Dr. Barker is intensely human. He is thoroughly in earnest. His motive is to help you and to help you help those you love. Hear him! THE ROTARY CLUB OF Note.—This handbill is designed for use when both the men's and women's addresses are open to the public and, of course, should be suitably altered if, as is sometimes the case, the men's meeting is not thrown open to the public. Whenever possible both meetings should be open to all members of the sex concerned and thoroughly advertised. (Copy for newspaper ad) MEN AND WOMEN OF (name of city here) Do You Feel Incapable of Advising Your Children When They Seek Your Confidence? Hear DR. CHAS. E. BARKER (Day and date) WOMEN—3:00—A Mother's Relation to Her Daughter—at Hostesses—The Women's Clubs MEN—7:30—A Father's Responsibility to His Son—at Hosts—The Rotary Club Dr. Barker's addresses are straightforward messages to Mothers and Fathers, and Young Men and Young Women. In the summer of 1919 he electrified the Convention of the International Association of Rotary Clubs, and by reason of the impression made upon the minds and hearts of the delegates he has been since then in constant demand by the Rotary Clubs. ADMISSION FREE NO COLLECTION (Suggested Newspaper announcement) DR. BARKER TO SPEAK IN________________________(Name of city) ON________________________(Day and date) The Rotary Club has arranged to bring Dr. Charles E. Barker of Grand Rapids, Michigan, here for a series of addresses on next (day and date here). For more than a year and a half Dr. Barker, under the auspices of the Rotary Clubs, has been delivering his addresses throughout the United States. In the afternoon, probably at 3:00 o'clock, Dr. Barker will speak at____________________ to mothers and daughters, on the subject, A Mother's Relation to Her Daughter. In the evening, he will talk to men on A Father's Responsibility to His Son. At the high school, probably during the morning session, he will speak to boys and girls together on, How to Make the Most Out of Life. Dr. Barker handles his subjects forcefully and entertainingly, and what he has to say is timely and inspiring. Each address occupies about an hour. The entire expense of Dr. Barker's visit is being borne by the Rotary Club, Secretary _______________________________announces, as a contribution to the welfare of the city. There will be no admission fee and no collection at any of the meetings. The following expressions indicate the high and unusual character of Dr. Barker's work. The course of lectures given by Dr. Charles E. Barker to the pupils of our high schools was eminently successful. Not every speaker can interest the large high school audience, but Dr. Barker succeeded not only in interesting them, but in making a splendid impression in their minds from the standpoint of morals and ethics. —l'eter A. Mortenson, Supt. of Schools, Chicago, Ill. I want to tell you that the International Headquarters is doing a great work in sending our fellow Rotarian, Dr. Charles E. Barker, over the country to preach the gospel of health, happiness and service. The people of this town have never been so stirred and stimulated toward a better life as they were by Dr. Barker. Our Rotary Club has been greatly helped in its ambition for larger service. You cannot do too much in the way of promoting his lecture work amongst the Rotary Clubs. —Albert A. Murphree, Rotarian, President University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida. I consider Dr. Barker's work the most valuable kind of service that any man can render his fellowmen, and it is indeed a privilege for the Rotary Clubs to be able to secure Dr. Barker for their communities. —Everett W. Hill, Past District Governor, 17th District. Dr. Barker spent Thursday with us in Auburn. The biggest thing the Auburn Rotary Club has ever done was to present Dr. Barker to the city for the day. He spoke to at least 2,000 persons and everyone regrets that it was impossible for every man and woman in the city to hear him. —A. Ira Harkness, Secretary Auburn, (N. Y.) Rotary Club. Dr. Barker was in Batavia Wednesday, April 13th. He make a profound impression on men, women, boys and girls alike. He is a wonder. A return visit to our city will surely be demanded. —John Tagg, Secretary Rotary Club of Batavia, N. Y. You have made no mistake in encouraging Rotary Clubs to secure the services of Dr. Barker. He spoke here in Zion Episcopal Church Sunday evening and gave three addresses yesterday—every one of them profoundly impressive. I firmly believe he did an unspeakable amount of good in our High School, but of course it can never be measured. —George R. Staley, Secretary Rome (N. Y.) Rotary Club. I have been speaking both in private and in public of the wonderful work of Dr. Charles E. Barker. The cities in this district visited by him during the present year report in each case most enthusiastically. They would each and every one have him back again. I really think that a Rotary Club can do nothing so well worth while as getting Dr. Barker to speak to the High School pupils and to the men and women of their city. —John F. Rudisill, Past Governor, Fifth District. When the program for Dr. Barker's day in Oskaloosa was first proposed to me I was not very enthusiastic about his work with the high school. In the past twenty years I have seen and heard a good many attempts of this kind, but most of them have fallen so flat that they have done more harm than good. I finally consented to give an hour of the afternoon high-school program to him, but I refused the request of my elementary school teachers to dismiss their schools in order that they might come to the afternoon meeting for women. I had planned to do a number of things which I considered important that afternoon, so I sat down in the back part of the house, expecting to slip out of the meeting as soon as I got the drift of what he was to say to the students. I did not slip out until the meeting was over and then I notified the principal of the high school to send all of the high-school girls back to the meeting for women, and I instructed all of the elementary school principals to send all of their women teachers to this women's meeting without fail. You can guess from this that he had converted me from a skeptic into an enthusiast. In the twenty years that I have been in public school work I have never heard anyone deliver a message more worth while to high school students. —O. P. Flower, Supt. of Schools, Oskaloosa, Ia. I just want to tell you that I think the Kansas City Rotary Club has just passed through the greatest event in its history. We have had with us for two days Dr. Chas. E. Barker of Grand Rapids. He addressed the assemblies of five high schools, talked to the club-women at a mass meeting, and to the fathers at a banquet, and I want to bear testimony to the fact that he is the most effective speaker in his line I have ever heard. The Kansas City Club feels that, considering the cost, it is the biggest thing at the least expense we have ever 'pulled.' He was particularly effective in his great address, 'How to Make the Most Out of Life,' before the five high schools, holding the pupils spell-bound for fifty minutes in each place. Principals and teachers all told me there had never been anything like it in the public schools of Kansas City. It is my firm belief that Rotary Clubs can render no greater community service than to secure Dr. Barker for a day of his lectures. —Russell F. Greiner, Past President, International Rotary. No man has ever been in Santa Barbara and made such an impression on the people as Dr. Barker did. The Rotary Club feels that they have never accomplished anything, so far, equal to the results that will come from this visit from Dr. Barker. We are entirely satisfied with every phase of it, and appreciation is noticed on all sides. People even stop me on the street and want to give me a check to help pay for the expenses. —Byron Z. Terry, Secretary, Rotary Club of Santa Barbara, Calif. We have had many good things in the past, as have all Rotary Clubs, and I do not want to seem to wax over-enthusiastic about any one of our meetings, but I cannot refrain from telling you that Dr. Barker's day goes down in the history of the Chicago Rotary Club as being the best from every standpoint that we ever had. —Wm. E. Kier, President Chicago Rotary Club. Dr. Barker was here yesterday and I am sending you a warning. Get out and hustle, for his lectures will do your city more good than anything else I know. He simply can't be beaten. —Cecil Howes, Secretary, Topeka Rotary Club. Okmulgee Rotarians believe that the bringing of Dr. Barker to this city with his wonderful messages is about the best investment we ever made. —A. D. Kennedy, President Okmulgee Rotary Club. I question whether any man has brought such a vitalizing influence to the city of Columbus as has Dr. Barker with his remarkable lectures. —Dr. Washington Gladden in Ohio State Journal. Your 'Father's Address' is the most impressive thing I have ever listened to and I wish every Rotarian in the country could hear it. —John Poole, Past President, I. A. of R. C.
|Title||Dr. Chas. E. Barker|
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