A Brief History
The Rotary Club Bari held its first meeting on 11 September 1933, thanks to the initiative of G.R. Uff. Antonio Larocca, President of
the "Fiera del Levante". On 24 February 1934 the
Club was officially recognised as a member of the Rotary International, 46th
District, the only one District existing in Italy at that
On a time scale, it was the fifth Rotary Club in Southern Italy, one of the first 25
Italian Clubs created before the World War II, and the Rotary Club Bari has
the honour to be the oldest and the first Club in the 2120 District.
Due to the disastrous international events, which brought to the World War
II, the Club was obliged to suspend the activities in December 1938. After
the war, the Club starts again its activity on February 1948.
During its long life, the Club contributed to help serve communities in
social and cultural needs, promoting actions inspired to the rotarian ideals,
devoted to the tangible solidarity towards the weak and poor person, the old
and the handicapped people (with donation of medical appliances, special
motor vehicles, ..) to the support for youth educational and vocational
programs, to the restoration and preservation of monuments. Bari Rotary Club
constantly worked to meet the changing needs of society, also discussing in
the weekly meetings the main subjects and problems of the City and of the
Country, offering the qualified opinion and contribution of its members,
leaders in the professions and experienced in the life.
It could be tedious to mention all the actions carried out in these years,
with a very long list. The present services are instead reported in a
specific web page.
Foundations: The Bari Rotary Club administers several Foundations,
which support annual grants, aimed to encourage young people particularly
meritorious, or to help workers distinguished by their zeal and integrity.
The Club offers every year a relevant contribute to the Rotary Foundation,
and often it gains the award for the largest contribution within the District
and, consequently, numerous "Paul Harris" Fellowship awards: 49
among the 131 actual Club members have been decorated with the
"PHF", quite a lot with one, two or three sapphire.
The R.C. Bari, among the other activities, issues a weekly bulletin: this
magazine, is printed, in an elegant and sound typographical form,
uninterruptedly for over 53 years; it is well appreciated, for the
reliability and timely of information, not only by the members, but also by
the Rotarians of the three other metropolitan Clubs, to whom the bulletin
To inform the foreigner and Italian Rotarian - internet navigators - we
report the texts of the speeches offered during the Club meetings in the year
2000-2001, and published as long summary in the bulletin.
The Rotarians eventually interested to some particular speech texts, can ask
to the Club secretary to receive the number of the magazine.
Club Presidents: 1933-34 and 1934-35: Antonio
Larocca; 1935: Giuseppe Mariani; 1935-36 e 1936-37: Alessandro Guaccero;
1937-37: Modesto Palasciano; 1948-49 and 1949-50: Isidoro Pirelli; 1950-51
and 1951-52: Carlo Russo Frattasi; 1952-53 and 1953-54: Raffaele La Volpe;
1954-55: Michele Mitolo; 1955-56: Giuseppe Perrone Capano; !956-57 e 1957-58:
Vincenzo Bonomo; 1958-59 and 1959-60: Giovanni Puglisi Duranti; 1960-61:
Ettore De Biasi; 1961-62 and 1962-63: Alfonso Siciliani; 1963-64: Luigi
Buttiglione e Goffredo Baldassarre; 1964-65: Goffredo Baldassarre; 1965-66:
Domenico Paparella; 1966-67: Luigi Jacobini; 1967-68: Giuseppe Martelli;
1968-69: Nicola d'Amati; 1969-70: Franco Grasso; 1970-71: Domenico Lico;
1971-72: Italo Labriola; 1972-73: Giovanni Conte; 1973-74: Vincenzo Rossi; 1974-75:
Gaetano Santomauro; 1975-76: Franco Viterbo; 1976-77: Arcangelo D'Alessandro;
1977-78: Antonio Crudo; 1978-79: Riccardo Giorgino; 1979-80: Vincenzo
Pipitone; 1980-81: Carmelo Simone; 1981-82: Ermanno Arcamone; 1982-83: Lucio
Montedoro; 1983-84: Salvatore Salamanna; 1984-85: Mario Pitzalis; 1985-86:
Antonio Barile; 1986-87: Gennaro Ferorelli; 1987-88: Michele Mastronardi;
1988-89: Alfonso Forte; 1989-90: Vincenzo Perchinunno; 1990-91: Gaetano
Vignola; 1991-92: Giacomo Boscia; 1992-93: Ettore Staiano; 1993-94: Vittorio
Marzi; 1994-95: Paolo Giocoli Nacci; 1995-96: Franco Agnelli; 1996-97: Marco
Jacobini; 1997-98: Paolo Perulli; 1998-99: Remigio Perchinunno; 1999-00:
Vincenzo Spagnolo; 2000-01: Alfredo Sollazzo; 2001-02 Gianbattista De
Tommasi; 2002-03 Sergio Papa; 2003-04 Salvatore Distaso; 2004-05 Emanuele
Fino; 2005-06 Luigi Maria Galantucci; 2006-07 Franco Introna; 2007-08 Michele
Simone; 2008-09 Paolo Amirante.
Past Governors: 1956-57: Carlo Russo Frattasi; 1961-62: Vincenzo
Bonomo; 1972-73: Alfonso Siciliani; 1992-93: Riccardo Giorgino.
Incoming Governor 2008-9: Gianbattista De Tommasi